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1.The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2


3.The Peanuts Movie

4.The Night Before

5.The Secret in their Eyes (2015)

6.Love the Coopers

7.The Martian


9.The 33

10.Bridge of Spies




The Latin Recording Academy hosted the 16th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards on November 19, 2015 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The show was broadcasted live on Univision from 8-11pm ET/PT (7pm Central). Distinctive Assets is proud to once again have been selected to thank the renowned presenters and performers for their participation with an array of fabulous gifts.

This year’s Gift Lounge participants included: Anabel Arto, Aluminé Skincare, Belldini, Bose, Candy Vixen, Charlotte D. Harrington, Honey Bunches of Oats, Lalo Fitness, NOON VR, PAM, and Walmart. Participating talent received a pre-assembled gift bag with an array of festive items from the following companies: Beth Minardi – Studio B, Big Cat Rescue, FitPrep,Grand Central Publishing, GrindHouse Denim, Healing Saint, Health LA, HISY, Post Honey Bunches of Oats, Hello Products, KryptAll, Lizora, L’Oréal, Luz de la Riva, Mission1, Pocket Frenz, Purely Inspired, St. Ive’s, Silvia Carenvali, Spa Ritual, Super Teased Hair, Tambonita, The Green Garmento and Tribute.

Established in 1999, Distinctive Assets is best known for creating lavish gift collections and interactive gift lounges at major Hollywood events and celebrity functions. The boutique firm also provides celebrity placement, product introduction, event production and branding opportunities for a broad range of companies ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to small start-ups.

The Latin Recording Academy is an international, membership-based organization comprised of Spanishand Portuguese-speaking recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers and other creative and technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers. In addition to producing the Latin GRAMMY Awards to honor excellence in the recorded arts and sciences, The Latin Recording Academy provides educational and outreach programs for the Latin music community.

For more information about The Latin Recording Academy, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @LatinGRAMMYs on Twitter, like "Latin GRAMMYs" on Facebook , and join the Latin GRAMMYs' social communities on Foursquare, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and YouTube.

Food is Art

Food is Art held in evening of food, wine and art with top chefs and sommeliers/mixologists! This 21+ event which benefits the ALS Association Nevada Chapter and the Springs Preserve was held Saturday, November 14th at the Springs Preserve.

As guests travel through the Springs Preserve, they encountered tastings from each course while enjoying mixology bars and wine pairings, and perusing silent auction items. The event also featured live entertainment by Jaime Kyle with Dave Jenkins and Steve Price of Pablo Cruise.

The chef's tasting menu included:

Gerald Chin of Strip Steak

Geno Bernardo of Herringbone

Aaron Neely of Siegel's 1941 at the El Cortez

Ricardo Romo of Itsy Bitsy

Steve Piamchuntar of Divine Cafe & Events

Luis Oliveira of Sambalatte Torrefazione

Monica Delgadillo of Mina Group, serving sweet treats, cookies, petit fours, etc.

Joe Romano of PT's Pub/Sierra Gold/Sean Patrick's (VIP only)

Megan Romano of Chocolate & Spice (VIP only)

Jon Stokes of the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas (VIP only)

Buddy V's Carlo's Bakery (VIP only)

Honorees included: Tony F. Sanchez III, Esq., as well as Steve Rigazio and The Rigazio Family.

About ALS Association Nevada Chapter The ALS Association Nevada Chapter is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization serving people with ALS throughout Nevada. It is their goal to serve all persons and their families living with and fighting ALS in Nevada one person at a time. They work extensively to provide much-needed programs that offer emotional, physical and financial assistance.

Other sponsors included: Southern Wine & Spirits, Shetakis Foods, Circle TPR, El Cortez Hotel & Casino, Golden Entertainment, US Foods, Sysco, Sierra Gold, PT's Ranch, Sean Patrick's, PT's Gold Pub, Culinary Academy of Las Vegas, and State Restaurant Supply.

Nevada’s Largest Holiday Drive-thru Light Show, Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Celebrates 15 Spectacular Years

Nevada’s largest holiday drive-thru light show spectacular, Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway celebrates 15 spectacular years of holiday tradition in southern Nevada. Tickets are available at the gate, or area Walgreens stores. Entry is $20 per vehicle. Bring a donation of goods for Goodwill of Southern Nevada, and receive an instant $2 entry discount.

Ms. Claus and Santa arrived in style at the VIP opening of the 2015 Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Human Nature performed at the 2015 Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway opening

About Glittering Lights

Jingle that sleigh to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway – only 10 minutes from fabulous downtown Las Vegas – for Glittering Lights, Nevada’s largest holiday drive-thru light show featuring more than 3 million lights amongst a 2.5 - mile course that intertwines through the speedway. A tradition for 15 years in southern Nevada, Glittering Lights is open nightly November 13 until January 3, 2016, 5:30-9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 5:30-10 p.m., Friday, Sunday and holidays.

Tickets are $20 per vehicle, $55 for a season pass. Buses are $1 per person with a minimum charge of $20. Purchase tickets at, southern Nevada Walgreens locations or at the gate. Goodwill of Southern Nevada offers discounted entry coupons for Glittering Lights with a donation of goods. Coupon available at any of the stores, drop off locations or at the entrance of Glittering Lights. Value is $5 off Monday-Thursday and $2 off Friday-Sunday and holidays. A portion of each ticket sold benefits Speedway Children's Charities.

Follow Glittering Lights @lasvegaslights or

Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Master Calendar of Events 2015

November 16

Free Military Night - active and inactive military and spouses with valid ID receive free entry tonight. To experience the holiday light show, veterans and active duty military must present the appropriate ID at the entrance to Glittering Lights to receive free admission: U.S. Military ID, VIC ID (Veteran Identification Card) or DAV ID card (Disabled American Veterans ID).

November 22

Speedway Children’s Charities PJ Run through the lights.

November 25

Hope for Hearts Night - first 200 vehicles receive a piece of handcrafted jewelry from Uganda. Hope for Hearts-501(c)3 charity is dedicated to funding schools in conflict countries moving kids from Poverty to Prosperity through education.

November 29

Marriage Can Be Murder, Las Vegas' Killer Comedy Interactive Dinner Theatre Show gives the first 200 vehicles an advent calendar.

December 3

Calportland gives a treat to the first 200 vehicles

December 3-5

Living Nativity presented by branches of the United Methodist Church

December 4

The first 200 vehicles receives a sweet treat from BSweet.

December 7

Grimaldi's Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria gives first 200 vehicles $5 voucher.

December 11-12

Living Nativity presented by branches of the United Methodist Church

December 18-21

Living Nativity presented by branches of the United Methodist Church Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway 2015 Fact Sheet


It’s time to grab family and friends, and jingle that sleigh to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway – only 10 minutes from the Spaghetti Bowl – for the holiday drive-through spectacular, Glittering Lights. The dazzling array of festive lights and sounds feature more than 3 million lights that intertwines through the speedway.

Glittering Lights has entertained more than 1 million people the past 14 years. Completely LED, the 2.5 course of Glittering Lights is environmentally sound with colors that shine more vibrant than before.


USA Today named Glittering Lights one of the 10 Best Annual Events

CNN Travel named Glittering Lights one of eight Best places to see Christmas lights in the U.S.


Las Vegas Motor Speedway - 10 minutes from the Spaghetti Bowl


The merriest way to arrive is I-15N, exit 54, turn right.

I-15N - exit 54 -turn right on Speedway Blvd - continue for a half mile and turn right into the entrance of glittering lights. Using a GPS will double your travel time, routing you to Las Vegas Blvd.

Event Times:

Friday, November 13 through Sunday, January 3

Sunday through Thursday 5:30 – 9 p.m.

Friday, Saturday and holidays 5:30 – 10 p.m.


Purchase online at, southern Nevada Walgreens locations or at the entrance of Glittering Lights.

Tickets are $20 per vehicle.

Season passes are available for $55.

Buses are $1 per person with a minimum charge of $20.

Check for special VIP ticket packages.

Living Nativity: As a community project, branches of the United Methodist Church bring a Living Nativity to Glittering Lights, Thursdays through Saturdays starting December 3, and December 18-21.

By the Numbers: 150,000+ visitors annually

30,000 vehicles anticipated (26,000+ in 2014)

3 million+ lights

500 animated and sparkling displays

First 15,000 vehicles receive a gift bag


Goodwill of Southern Nevada offers discounted entry coupons for Glittering Lights with a donation of goods. Coupon available at any of the stores, drop off locations or at the entrance of Glittering Lights. Value is $5 off Monday-Thursday and $2 off Friday-Sunday and holidays. In 2013, Goodwill provided job seeker services and training to over 10,000 local Nevadans. Visit to learn more.

Speedway Children's Charity (SCC) receives a monetary portion from each purchased ticket to Glittering Lights. SCC provides funding for hundreds of children's charities throughout southern Nevada that meet the direct needs of children. From educational support to the basic need of a coat or a simple meal, SCC's vision is that every child has the same opportunities no matter what obstacle they are facing.

Since 1999, SCC has awarded more than $1.7 million children's charities in Southern Nevada. Visit to learn more. Avenue of Trees is an overview of all the charities that benefit from the generosity of Glittering Lights with a twinkling display of more than 80 Christmas trees.


The 6th Annual Fashion for Autism Gala was held Thursday, November 5 at the Aria Hotel & Casino.The theme of the evening was "Bringing a Solution Into Focus." The evening’s festivities included a champagne reception and silent auction at 6 p.m. followed by dinner, awards ceremony, fashion show by PORSCHE and live auction at 7:30 p.m. The event honored community leaders who have made a difference in the lives of children and families living with autism. FOX 5 Las Vegas' Jason Feinberg served as the emcee for the evening.

Also coming soon the new center for Autism & Related Disorders.

Grant a Gift Autism Foundation announced its new partnership with The UNLV Center for Autism, The University Nevada School of Medicine Pediatrics Dept and the new UNLV Medical School. For the first time in Nevada and, perhaps, for the first time most anywhere, medical research, diagnostics, clinical care, speech-occupational-behavior therapy, family support and education, public outreach and advocacy will be under one roof and one location. The synergism of all these organizations will enable extraordinary consolidation, collaboration, and coordination. The increased efficiencies will enable scientists to confer with clinicians, therapists, teachers, parents, counselors, and advocates all working side by side on the same issues from multitude perspectives.

As a partnership, we will be able to provide: Education of physicians and other health care providers to accelerate early detection and facilitate timely treatment

Outreach to parents and families to inform them of their options and alternatives.

A continuum of family centered care from childhood through the life span.

Stronger and more cohesive advocacy to help change public policy and provide adequate insurance coverage.

About the Organization: Grant a Gift Autism Foundation is a Nevada non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and community safety net that proudly serves children, youth and their families living with autism by providing diagnostic and treatment funding, support services, vocational training, transition planning, and education.

For more information visit

2015 Boneyard Bash

Held at the iconic Neon Museum in Las Vegas, which features over 150 signs including the newly added "Rivera" Hotel sign and "Liberace".

Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. The Neon Museum campus includes the outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, a visitors’ center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby and the Neon Boneyard North Gallery which houses additional rescued signs and is available for weddings, special events, photo shoots and educational programs.


Andy Roddick defeated James Blake 5-1 in men’s singles to lead Team Elton to a 17-11 victory over Team Billie Jean at Mylan WTT Smash Hits in front of a capacity crowd at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Monday night. The biggest winner was charity as, for only the third time in event history, Mylan WTT Smash Hits raised more than $1 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation with a portion of those proceeds benefitting local charity Aid for AIDS of Nevada.

Mylan WTT Smash Hits, co-hosted by Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King, has now raised more than $14 million to support HIV and AIDS prevention and awareness programs since the first event in 1993.

The multi-colored Mylan WTT tennis court was built just steps away from where Elton John plays his hit show, “The Million Dollar Piano” at Caesars Palace.

The evening started with all the players participating in a live auction that raised approximately half of the night’s total. Among the top auction items was a $100,000 bid for a private hitting session with Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf and two signed Elton John piano benches, which sold for $30,000 each.

When the action moved from the auction to the stadium court, it was Elton John who stole the show. The avid tennis player and fan teamed with longtime friend Martina Navratilova for an upset 3-2 victory over Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf. Although the opening celebrity set didn’t count towards the final overall score, it inspired Team Elton to a quick start in men’s doubles.

Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish teamed together for the first time since they paired up on the ATP World Tour this July in Atlanta. The duo was too tough for Andre Agassi and James Blake as they posted a 5-3 set win for Team Elton.

A quartet of Hall of Famers took the court for women’s doubles. Team Elton added to their lead as Lindsay Davenport and Navratilova outlasted Graf and Tracy Austin of Team Billie Jean, 5-2.

Las Vegas residents Agassi and Graf gave Team Billie Jean their first set win as they impressively took out Fish and Navratilova 5-2 in mixed doubles, but Roddick quickly regained the momentum in men’s singles to clinch the match and give Team Elton the 12-11 edge in the all-time series.

Even though her team was on the losing end of the final score, King was thrilled with the Las Vegas debut of Mylan WTT Smash Hits. “We raised a lot of money for EJAF and left money locally for HIV/AIDS organizations. And the players come for nothing every year, so they are amazing. The crowds were so packed tonight, we had to turn people away. I loved being here at Caesars Palace but I have to live with being down to Elton now for a full year. He will be reminding me of it.”

For more on Mylan WTT Smash Hits, visit

For more information on the Elton John AIDS Foundation, visit

Fright Dome Kicked Off their 13th Anniversary with a Star-Studded Black Carpet on October 2 in Las Vegas.

Fright Dome took over all five acres of The Adventuredome theme park at Circus Circus and partnered with the Nevada SPCA for the third year to raise awareness for the no kill shelter’s animal rescue efforts in Southern Nevada. Black carpet hostess Shanna Moakler kicked off Fright Dome’s 13th anniversary season with a star-studded lineup.

Haunted Houses included: Insanitarium, Wasterland, SWARM, Slaughterhouse, The Doll House and Killer Clowns 4-D.

Scare Zones included: Containment, Clown Havoc, Freak Show and Extermination 13.

Also in celebration of the Fright Dome's 13th Anniversary the creepy "Friday the 13th 4-D experience", where Jason haunts the grounds of Camp Crystal Lake.

Attendees included: Lance Burton (Magician), Hollywood FX artist Gary J. Tunnicliffe (Gone Girl, Hellraiser, Halloween, Exorcist); Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil; Lead Paranormal Investigator/Executive Producer from Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures” Zak Bagans; Paranormal Investigator/Cameraman from Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures” Aaron Goodwin; GRAMMY Award-Winning Rapper Coolio; Cast of PINUP ; International models Cervena Fox and Annalee Belle; “FaceOff” artist Jasmine Ringo; stars of Discovery Channel’s popular show “Guinea Pig” Ryan Stock and AmberLynn; cast from HISTORY’S hit TV series “Counting Cars”; Circus Circus General Manager Eric Fitzgerald; The Amazing Johnathan (Comedian/Magician), JABBAWOCKEEZ, Cast of "Evil Dead" the Musical, Fright Dome Owner and Creator Jason Egan; local headliners and many more.

Hailed as one of the nation’s scariest haunted attractions for 2014 by Travel Channel and having been featured worldwide for more than a decade in the top five; Fright Dome at Circus Circus is celebrating its 13th Anniversary milestone with its most extreme Halloween season yet.

The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor

Over 200 Monsters, Mummies & Freaks Will Find Their Way On Board the Infamously Haunted Ship

Fear lives here at The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor as the torrid history of the haunted ship rises from the deep October 1 - November 1, 2015. In addition to Dark Harbor’s horrific new maze, Lullaby, that tells the tale of the ship’s youngest soul, Scary Mary, the annual fright festival is thrilled to unveil the all-new Anubis Paintball Adventure.


Those who dare will venture into the tombs of Anubis, the Greek Egyptian jackal-headed god of mummification and the afterlife. In Anubis’ underworld, guests will test their skills in an LED 3D paintball battle against the most terrifying gaggle of mummies, monsters and myths.


The brand new Lullaby maze will take guests on a frightening voyage with Dark Harbor’s youngest soul, Scary Mary, who has haunted the Queen Mary ever since her horrific drowning in the poolroom in 1952. Dark Harbor will also welcome the new Side Show of Freaks and Oddities and the Side Show Bar that will bring guests up close into the grotesque world of freaks.

The Ringmaster, The Captain and their band of spirits including Samuel the Savage, Graceful Gale, Half-Hatch Henry and Scary Mary will be joined by over 200 grizzly monsters and ghouls that will be plotting terrifying tricks and treats throughout the season of fear. Dark Harbor’s signature haunts Deadrise, Soulmate, B340, Circus and the Voodoo Village will be wrought with more horrific monsters than ever before.

Dark Harbor brings the true torrid tales of The Queen Mary to life, offering one of the most authentically terrifying experiences available. The annual event runs from October 1 and continues to inflict fear on select dates through November 1. Ticket prices start at just $20 online, with Fast Fright, VIP Passes, and lodging packages available. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit

About the Queen Mary

Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary’s signature restaurants include the award-winning Sir Winston’s and Chelsea Chowder House & Bar as well as a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum and Glory Days tour, guests of all ages love the Ghosts and Legends show, and the ship is currently featuring the renowned Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit and Tea Room. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 17 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 346 staterooms including nine full suites. For more information or for reservations, see or call (800) 437-2934. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.

Global Gaming Expo’s Casino Entertainment Awards

Longtime Las Vegas magicians Penn & Teller are the casino industry's entertainers of the year. The duo that performs at the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino were among the winners of the Global Gaming Expo's Entertainment Awards held on Wednesday, September 30 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.The awards were presented during the American Gaming Association's annual trade show.

Comedian Jerry Lewis and the director of The Colosseum at Caesars Palace H.C. Rowe won the industry's lifetime entertainment achievement awards.

The industry's choice for musical artist and comedian of the year were Little River Band and Ron White, respectively.

The Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York won for its showroom and the Casino del Sol in Arizona was recognized for its amphitheater.

Also in attendance were entertainer Charo and Pia Zadora.

Presented by G2E and the American Gaming Association (AGA), the Casino Entertainment Awards are the only awards exclusively honoring outstanding artists, executives and venues in the casino entertainment industry. The Casino Entertainment Legend Awards recognize lifetime achievement in the casino entertainment industry.

2015 Knott's Scary Farm Opening

The 43rd annual world renowned event, Knott’s Scary Farm, returned for 24 horrifying nights September 24 – October 31.

New mazez included “PARANORMAL, INC”, a haunted hospital, “The Dead of Winter” maze where the chilling Snow Queen resides, “My Bloody Clementine”, ride through the Calico Mine where Clementine and her father were brutally murdered centuries ago.

“Deadly 7”, prowling the darkest corners of Knott's midway and scare zone, the Green Witch and her Deadly 7 is a sadistic crew guilty of more terror than meets the eye.

Returning mazes included : Gunslinger's Grave, Black Magic, Pinocchio Unstrung, Forevermore, The Tooth Fairy, Voodoo, and Trick or Treat.

Other attractions included: Infected – Patient Zero, Elvira, the legendary Mistress of the Dark, 160 Acres of Scare Zones, The Hanging: Straight out of Calico, and Fiesta de los Muertos.

Knott’s Berry Farm’s 43rd season of Halloween haunting will last 24 nights from September 24 through October 31.

Hours are 7pm to 1am on weeknights and Sundays, 7pm to 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.

For more information visit

2015 Catalina Island Film Festival

Billy Zane (Titanic, The Phantom, Twin Peaks) received the Maverick Award and Director F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton, The Italian Job, Friday) received the Stanley Kramer Social Artist Award. attending the 2015 Catalina Island Film Festival on Friday, September 25th at the Avalon Theater.

Additional honorees included:

Mena Suvari (American Beauty, American Pie) with the Avalon Award.

Inaugural recipient of the Soundtrack of Our Lives Award, legendary songwriter Diane Warren.

Lucas Till (X-Men: Apocalypse, Bravetown) with the Crest Award.

A special tribute to Wes Craven featuring Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street).

Kristin Davis (Sex & the City, Couples Retreat) received the Conservation Activist Award.

About Catalina Film Festival

Catalina Film Festival is an annual celebration of film on the only West Coast resort island, where blue water and coastal breezes provide the perfect backdrop for films, parties, panels and networking just 26 miles off the coast of Los Angeles. CFF’s beneficiary is the Catalina Island Conservatory. For additional information, visit

2015 Emmy Awards Winners