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1.The Secret Life of Pets

2.Ghostbusters (2016)

3.The Legend of Tarzan

4.Finding Dory

5.Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

6.The Purge: Election Year

7.Central Intelligence

8.The Infiltrator

9.The BFG

10.Independence Day: Resurgence


2016 Del Mar Racetrack Opening Day Hats Contest

More than 300 contestants entered the 22nd annual Opening Day Hats Contest at Del Mar. The Bing Crosby Grand Prize winner was Andria Elam, from the Best Fascinator category. “I spent two months on and off crafting my fascinator from millinery materials,” said Andria, from Bonita. Andria, a frequent attendee at Del Mar but first time entrant, was inspired to enter by her love of fashion and horses.

From left to right:

Funniest/Most Outrageous

Second place winner ROB HANLY of San Marcos.

NADIA DAYZIE of Vista was first place winner with a large green under the sea themed hat.

Most Glamorous

MELISSA ORDAZ of Palmdale was second.

RENEE SALAS of Vista won first place with red rose and polka dot ribbons.

Best Flowers

First place winner TESSA ROBESON of Escondido with bright tropical flowers and gold skeletons drinking tequila.

LAUREN SILVEIRA from Laguna Beach was second.

Best Racing Theme

RACHEL BURTON of San Diego was first place with a starting gate, grandstand and Winner’s Circle collage.

LORI SHELTON of San Diego, 2nd place.

Best Fascinator

Second place winner JANICE ASHTON of Newport Beach.

ANDRIA ELAM of Bonita sported a lilac and turquoise fascinator with curled feathers and purple veiling with a matching floral.

She received the Bing Crosby Grand Prize which includes a Fairmont Grand Del Mar one-night stay and dinner for two at Addison Restaurant, featuring Chef William Bradley's multi-course tasting menu with wine pairings with a total value of more than $1,000. Also included was a halter from racing’s #1 ranked horse, California Chrome, scheduled to run at Del Mar on July 23. The halter was donated by Chrome’s owners.

Winners in each category received $300 and $250 Studio Savvy Gift Basket. Second place finishers received $200 and third place, $100.

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2016 Del Mar Race Track Opening

2016 Del Mar Race Track opened, on a Friday for the first time since the 1970s, this year there was increase in attendance and all-sources handle, but a decrease in on-track handle.

The 42,562 who attended the 10-race card at the seaside racetrack made it the 10th-largest crowd in Del Mar history, but they wagered nearly $400,000 less than last year's Thursday opening-day card. On-track wagering Friday was $3,395,116, compared with $3,791,454 in 2015. All-sources handle, however, was up 6.7% from $15,339,177 in 2015 to $16,374,236.

Tragedy hit the race track so the unfortunate death of Presidential Air in the sixth race.



Michelin starred honorees, James Beard Award winners, Food & Wine Best New Chefs, and 200 wineries, will once again converge on the City of Angels during the annual epicurean jubilee produced by Coastal Luxury Management.

The sixth annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, presented with founding partners FOOD & WINE and Lexus, is set to feature three-nights and four-days of unrivalled tastings, dinners, lunches, seminars, book signings, cooking demonstrations, and special events, showcasing the finest in food and drink culture. In past years, the star-studded lineup has included 2016 James Beard Award winners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo as well as celebrated chefs Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, Jonathan Waxman, Tyler Florence, Curtis Stone, Giada De Laurentiis, Grant Achatz, , Rick Bayless, Duff Goldman, Michelle Bernstein, Wolfgang Puck, Nancy Silverton, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Michael Symon, Roy Choi, Michael Chiarello, Scott Conant, Carlo Mirachi, Michael Voltaggio, Robert Irvine, Guy Fieri, Fabio Viviani, Jet Tila, Andrew Zimmern and Graham Elliot, plus local favorites Tim Hollingsworth, Michael Cimarusti, Bruce Kalman, David LeFevre, Jessica Koslow, Ludo Lefebvre, Neal Fraser, Ori Menashe, Walter Manzke, Jason Neroni, Josef Centeno, Sang Yoon, Ricardo Zarate, Ben Ford, Alvin Cailan and Ray Garcia, to name a few.

In addition to the extraordinary culinary talent on-hand, Los Angeles Food & Wine has been lauded for its headlining musical performances from award-wining artists, including Questlove and The Roots, Beastie Boys founding member Mike D, 2015 Academy Award-winner Common, and Grammy-nominee Gavin DeGraw.

In the next several weeks, the festival will be announcing confirmed programming and participants for 2016. Please continue to check for updates!


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On Thursday, July 14, legendary Beatles Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited for an evening of peace, love and musical bliss as they celebrated the 10th anniversary of The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil. Following its creative EVOLution, which introduced vibrant new acts, music, technology, video, choreography and more, the show proudly performed to an energetic crowd with a full standing ovation at the conclusion of the anniversary performance. The house was packed with Beatles fans, Cirque du Soleil enthusiasts and celebrity friends—all of whom paid homage to the spectacular show.

Held exclusively at The Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the celebration opened with a star-studded red carpet featuring special appearances by McCartney and Starr, as well as Yoko Ono Lennon, wife of John Lennon. Additional red carpet appearances included Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino; renowned actor Josh Hutcherson; famous film director, producer and actor Ron Howard; famous actor and comedian Kevin Nealon; host of ABC’s The Bachelor Chris Harrison; actors Cary Elwes, Kevin Dillon, Kristoff St. John and Ron White; Arlene Phillips, renowned English choreographer, theater director and judge on So You Think You Can Dance; Daniel Platzman and Ben McKee of the band Imagine Dragons; Joe Walsh, who has been a member of The Eagles since 1975, an occasional member of Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band and a 1998 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee; Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, child actress who plays “Lily” on ABC’s Modern Family; Primetime Emmy nominated actress and retired athlete Dot Jones; Mark Foster, founding member of indie pop band Foster the People; musician Chris Holmes; actor, director and screenwriter Christopher Backus; 2008 Olympic Champion Nastia Liukin; Dominic Champagne, writer, director and original concept creator of The Beatles LOVE; Giles Martin, LOVE musical director and Beatles producer; Emmy Award-winning choreographers Nappy Tabs; CEO of Cirque du Soleil Daniel Lamarre; choreographers of The Beatles LOVE Andre and Leah; cast members of The Beatles LOVE and more.


Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King bring their annual charity event back to Las Vegas for second time on October 10

Some of the greatest players in tennis history are returning to Las Vegas this fall as World TeamTennis Smash Hits returns to Caesars Palace on Monday, October 10. John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Martina Navratilova and Lindsay Davenport will headline the annual charity tennis event co-hosted by longtime friends Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King. Tennis action is set to begin at 7 p.m. on a specially-constructed tennis court in the valet parking lot adjacent to Caesars Palace Drive.

Tickets for WTT Smash Hits go on sale at 10 a.m. Pacific on Monday, July 18. All seating will be reserved and have chairbacks. VIP seats, which include admission to the pre-match VIP Reception and Live Auction, are $500. For the tennis action only, Premium Reserved chairback seats are $125, and Reserved chairback seats are $55. Order tickets through or, or by calling The Colosseum at Caesars Palace box office at (866) 320-9763 or AXS at (888) 929-7849. For group sales of 10 or more tickets, call 212-586-3444, x. 121.

The 2015 Las Vegas debut of WTT Smash Hits at Caesars Palace was just that a smash hit in front of a capacity crowd that raised more than $1 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Since 1993, WTT Smash Hits has raised more than $14 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and local AIDS charities. Caesars Palace, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is also home to Elton John’s hit show, “The Million Dollar Piano.”

The evening begins with a pre-match VIP Reception and Auction at 5:00 p.m. at Caesars Palace with the match start set for 7 p.m. A limited number of special VIP ticket packages, including VIP courtside seating and admission to the VIP Reception and Auction, are available for $500. John, King and all players will participate in the pre-match live auction, which will include an Elton John signed piano bench and King’s Wimbledon tickets, among other items.

Sponsorship packages are also available by contacting Natalee Jarrett at or (212) 586-3444 x. 111.

Captained by King and John, the players will form two teams and play a WTT match featuring singles and doubles action. The music legend is expected to participate in a celebrity doubles match to open the event. Additional participants will be announced in the upcoming weeks. Last year, Team Elton took a 12-11 edge in the overall series with a 17-11 win over Team Billie Jean.

McEnroe, a former world No. 1 in both singles and doubles, joins the 2016 all-star field. During his career on the ATP Tour, the Hall of Famer won 77 singles and 71 doubles titles. McEnroe holds seven Grand Slam singles titles including three Wimbledon Championships, four US Open Championships, and 10 Grand Slam doubles titles. This is the 7th Smash Hits event for McEnroe, who is also a popular tennis television commentator and founded the New York City-based John McEnroe Tennis Academy.

Navratilova, a 59-time Grand Slam champion in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles, was one of the participants in the first Smash Hits event in 1993 and will be making her 12th appearance. During her storied career, the Hall of Famer won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 Grand Slam women's doubles titles, and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. Navratilova holds 167 singles titles, more than any other player, male or female, and 177 doubles titles.

Roddick returns to Smash Hits for the 12th time. The popular American standout won 30 singles titles on the ATP World Tour, including the 2003 US Open, and was ranked in the top 10 for nine consecutive years. Along with Venus Williams, Roddick is part of the WTT Ownership Group. He also founded the Andy Roddick Foundation which works to expand opportunities for young people to learn, thrive, and succeed.

Davenport, who was also ranked No. 1 in the world in both singles and doubles, returns for her fifth Smash Hits event. She is a three-time Grand Slam singles champion (1998 US Open, 1999 Wimbledon, 2000 Australian Open) and also won three Grand Slam doubles titles (1996 French Open, 1997 US Open, 1999 Wimbledon). Davenport won 55 singles titles and 38 doubles titles during her pro career and also captured the gold medal in singles at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2014.

Official event sponsors include host sponsor Caesars Palace. Additional sponsors and partners include Core Academy, DecoTurf, GEICO, Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation and Wilson. Ryan Wolfington and USTA Nevada are promotional partners of WTT Smash Hits.

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Nominations for the 68th Emmy Awards were announced by the Television Academy in a ceremony hosted by Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum along with Anthony Anderson from the ABC series black-ish and Lauren Graham from Parenthood and the upcoming Netflix revival, Gilmore Girls.

"Television dominates the entertainment conversation and is enjoying the most spectacular run in its history with breakthrough creativity, emerging platforms and dynamic new opportunities for our industry's storytellers," said Rosenblum. "From favorites like Game of Thrones, Veep, and House of Cards to nominations newcomers like black-ish, Master of None, The Americans and Mr. Robot, television has never been more impactful in its storytelling, sheer breadth of series and quality of performances by an incredibly diverse array of talented performers. "The Television Academy is thrilled to once again honor the very best that television has to offer."

This year's Drama and Comedy Series nominees include first-timers as well as returning programs to the Emmy competition: black-ish and Master of None are new in the Outstanding Comedy Series category,and Mr. Robot and The Americans in the Outstanding Drama Series competition. Additionally, both Veep and Game of Thrones return to vie for their second Emmy in Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Drama Series respectively.

While Game of Thrones again tallied the most nominations(23), limited series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and Fargo received 22 nominations and 18 nominations respectively. Some key nominees in the six lead performer categories are either first-time nominees, or familiar names with multiple nominations. For Outstanding Lead Performer for a Drama Series category (actor and actress), newcomers include Rami Malek in Mr. Robot and both Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys in The Americans. Similarly, in the Outstanding Lead Performer for a Comedy Series category (actor and actress), names new to the nominations emerged this year such as: Aziz Ansari in Master of None, Thomas Middleditch in Silicon Valley, Ellie Kemper in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Tracee Ellis Ross in black-ish. In addition, previous three-time Emmy winner Laurie Metcalf (for her supporting role on Roseanne) emerged a multiple-nominee: in the lead comedy category for Getting On, as well as for her comedic guest work in The Big Bang Theory and her dramatic guest work in Horace and Pete.

Contenders for Outstanding Lead Performer in a Limited Series or Movie category (actor and actress), include twice-nominated Sarah Paulson in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (as well as in American Horror Story: Hotel), and first-time nominees Tom Hiddleston in The Night Manager, Courtney B. Vance and Cuba Gooding, Jr. in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and Kirsten Dunst in Fargo.

After fully transitioning to an online voting system last year, the Academy saw a 22 percent increase in participation for this year's nomination round. Final-round online voting begins August 15.

The 68th Emmy Awards, including the star-studded Red Carpet preshow, will telecast from The Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Sunday, September 18th (7:00-11:00 p.m. ET/4:00-8:00 p.m. PM PT) on ABC. Emmy Award-winning live television and event producer Don Mischer will executive produce the broadcast hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.


On Saturday July 9 at 6 p.m., Concern Foundation for cancer research hosted its 42nd annual Block Party fundraiser at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood, CA. This year’s theme, “Fields of Dreams for a cancer free world,” celebrated a carefree country lifestyle. The event attracts nearly 4,000 guests each year and raised $2 million to fund research focused on immunology based methods for treating cancer.

The Block Party’s had over 60 popular vendors offering food and beverages along the New York backlot streets. Button Mash, Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina, Fogo de Chao, Lawry’s, The Palm, Pink’s Hot Dogs and Slater’s 50/50 just to name a few. The evening featured musical performances across multiple stages by the Tom Nolan Band, D’ City Sound featuring DJ Dwayne, and San Diego Country Club, as well as interactive entertainment such as casino style games, 3D Cheeze and Honor Digital photography studios, Island Ink airbrush tattoos and salon and spa services. The Best of L.A. on Los Angeles magazine’s street presented the Infiniti Lounge, Equinox recharge station and tastings from California Avocados and Peerless Coffee. Live and silent auctions at the Bock Party included one-of-a-kind opportunities such as tickets to the 2016 Emmy Awards and Governors Ball, a Dodgers up close batting practice, a meet and greet with legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, an in-home 10-course dinner prepared by a world-class, award winning chef, and much more.

Concern Foundation honored Dr. Peter and Rebecca Grossman as Humanitarians and Community Leaders who established the Grossman Burn Centers and Grossman Burn Foundation. Their efforts to restore the lives of burn survivors through comprehensive treatment and support for patients and their families are truly making a difference throughout the community and across the globe. Also honored at the event were former Beverly Hills Mayor and wife, Barry and Sue Brucker, who received the inaugural Beth Hersh Goldsmith Conquer Cancer Now Heroes award. The award commemorates their longtime friend Beth Goldsmith, the former executive director of Concern Foundation, who passed away last November from cancer. Since 2011, the Brucker family has donated $2.7 million to the foundation.

To learn more about the 2016 Block Party, purchase tickets or become a sponsor, please visit

Leica Opens First Las Vegas Store: Brings Premium Camera Brand to Top U.S. Travel Destination

Leica Camera announced the opening of the first-ever Las Vegas Store, located in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. The Leica Store Las Vegas allows consumers to explore Leica cameras first-hand in a dedicated space that offers exceptional service and access to an expert staff who are available to provide in-depth advice, tips and recommendations no matter the photographer's skill level.

The new Store offers Las Vegas visitors and locals the opportunity to experience the entire Leica camera line and select sport optic products through product demonstrations and advice from a highly-trained staff.  A rotating selection of prints are on display to showcase the inspiring imagery captured with Leica cameras.  Located right off the Las Vegas Strip's ground-level entrance to Forum Shops, the Leica Store Las Vegas is central for travelers and has the longest operating hours of any Leica Store. Guests can visit the store from 10am-Midnight on Friday and Saturday and 10am-11pm Sunday through Thursday.

"Las Vegas is a top travel destination not only within the U.S. but also for international customers, and Leica is excited to add the city to its roster of locations as it offers a fresh opportunity to cater to photographers and Leica fans from all over the world," said Roland Wolff, VP of Marketing and Corporate Retail, of Leica Camera. "Caesars Palace's must-see Forum Shops, also known as the "The Shopping Wonder of the World," are a world-class shopping destination, with 160 specialty stores and fine restaurants, making it a perfect fit for the Leica Store Las Vegas."

Leica Store Las Vegas in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is located at 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Phone: 702-868-4070; Email: For more information about the Leica Store Las Vegas or Leica Camera, visit, or follow the brand on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. @LeicaStoreLV #LeicaStoreLV About Leica Camera Passion for creating perfect pictures. Leica represents a union of craftsmanship, design and experience. It is a beautiful collision of art and engineering, and the future of form and functionality. Leica Camera is an internationally operating, premium-segment manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products. The legendary status of the Leica brand is founded on a long tradition of excellence in the supreme quality and performance of cameras and lenses, and the iconic images that artists and photojournalists everywhere captured with them.  Leica Camera AG is headquartered in Wetzlar, Germany.


Real Live Wedding of SHAYNA JOSEPH & ANDREW ISTRATE! before the screening of "MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES"

Shayna and Andrew were the lucky winners of a free wedding to take place before the advance screening of MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES in Las Vegas.


Shayna had just moved back to Las Vegas and went to a party the second night she was in town where she met Andrew. They’ve been together for just over ten years. They’ve been engaged for six years, but kept having things come up in life that made them push their wedding date back. Shayna was recently diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer and has gone through two of her four treatments before her double mastectomy. Andrew has been her rock through the entire process and she swears she couldn’t go through it without him."


Hot 97.5 partnered with 20th Century Fox to giveaway a wedding to remember! Listeners were encourage to enter to win the chance to get married before a movie premiere and to have it officiated by afternoon jock, Jucee Liu. Thirty-six couples entered and Shayna & Andrew were the lucky winners! In addition to the unique location and officiant, they have also won a cake from Peridot Sweets, a ceremony arch from Las Vegas Party Rentals, and a bouquet & boutonniere from We Luv Flowers. Forty seats will be reserved for their family and friends and every person in the audience will receive a copy of My Vegas Magazine distributed by Beautiful Bride Club.


Hard-partying brothers Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) place an online ad to find the perfect dates (Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza) for their sister's Hawaiian wedding. Hoping for a wild getaway, the boys instead find themselves outsmarted and out-partied by the uncontrollable duo.

Release: July 8, 2016

Director:Jake Szymanski

Written by: Andrew Jay Cohen & Brendan O’Brien

Produced by: Peter Chernin, p.g.a. Jenno Topping, p.g.a, Jonathan Levine

Cast: Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, Adam Devine, Aubrey Plaza, Stephen Root


Robbie Amell needs a plus one to the LA premiere of NINE LIVES, and he wants it to be you! Full disclosure: you weren’t the first choice. EuropaCorp has partnered with Omaze to offer fans the chance to win a photo shoot with the world's most famous cats (Lil BUB, Nala, Waffles, Pudge and more), and meet Robbie at the LA premiere. Fans can enter for the chance to win for as little as $10. All proceeds will go to the ASPCA and Best Friends Animal Society.

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