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2014 MTV Movie Awards were handed out on Sunday night. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" won Movie of the Year, while the film's stars, Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, took home top acting honors. Conan O'Brien hosted the annual celebration.

MTV Movie Awards winners for 2014 are:

Movie of the Year: "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"

Best Female Performance: Jennifer Lawrence, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"

Best Male Performance: Josh Hutcherson, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"

Best Fight: Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly vs. Orcs, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"

Best Kiss: Jennifer Aniston, Will Poulter and Emma Roberts, "We're The Millers"

Best Shirtless Performance: Zac Efron, "That Awkward Moment"

Best Villain: Mila Kunis, "Oz The Great And Powerful"

Best Comedic Performance: Jonah Hill, "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Best Onscreen Transformation: Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club"

Breakthrough Performance: Will Poulter, "We're the Millers"

Best Scared As Sh-t Performance: Brad Pitt, "World War Z"

Best Onscreen Duo: Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, "Fast and Furious 6"

Best #WTF Moment: Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Best Musical Moment: Backstreet Boys, "This Is The End"

Best Cameo: Rihanna, "This Is The End"

Best Hero: Henry Cavill, "Man of Steel"

Favorite Character: Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley), "Divergent"

MTV Trailblazer Award: Channing Tatum

Generation Award: Mark Wahlberg


2014 INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS

FANDRY receives Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature

POWERLESS receives Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary

Best Short Film winner, ALCHEMY, will receive a cash grant from HBO

Audience Choice Awards go to SIDDHARTH, FAITH CONNECTIONS, and KUSH

The 12 annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) concluded on Sunday evening (April 13) with a red carpet and gala fete that included the Los Angeles premiere of Amit Gupta's JADOO and the presentation of the festival's Grand Jury and Audience Choice Awards. This year the festival showcased more than 30 film features, documentaries, and shorts at ArcLight Hollywood, home of IFFLA since its inception. FANDRY, directed by Nagraj Manjule, took home the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature, with an honorable mention for Richie Mehta's SIDDHARTH. The Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary went to co-directors Fahad Mustafa and Deepti Kakkar for POWERLESS. The prize for Best Short, which included a cash grant from HBO, was presented to ALCHEMY, directed by Pranay Patwardhan, Shivangi Ranawat, and Janmeet Singh. An honorable mention was given to LOVE. LOVE. LOVE., directed by Sandhya Daisy Sundaram.

The 2014 narrative film jurors were: award winning actress Shoreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand and Fog, House of Saddam), writer and prolific television actress Meera Simhan (Miss India America), Variety film journalist and educator David Chute, and Head of Digital Development for Crackle and Sony Pictures Television John Orlando. The Best Documentary Award was decided by award-winning writer, producer, and director Brian Knappenberger (The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz), film festival programmer Dilcia Barrera (Sundance, AFI FEST, LACMA), and producer Chris Salvaterra (The Visitor, Syriana, Good Night and Good Luck). Judging the short films were Senior Vice President of Post-Production at HBO Entertainment Gena Desclos, award-winning director and writer Kamal K.M.(I.D.),and Sundance and Palm Springs International ShortFest programmer Heidi Zwicker.

GRAND JURY AWARDS

BEST FEATURE: Fandry

HONORABLE MENTION: Siddharth

BEST DOCUMENTARY: Powerless

BEST SHORT FILM: Alchemy

HONORABLE MENTION: Love. Love. Love.

AUDIENCE AWARDS

BEST FEATURE: Siddharth

BEST DOCUMENTARY: Faith Connections

BEST SHORT: Kush


"UNLVINO WEEK" DECLARED BY MAYOR CAROLYN GOODMAN AND UNLVINO HOSTS SECOND EVENT, A MIXOLOGY-INSPIRED BAR-B-Q

UNLVino's 40th anniversary celebrations were in full force, Thursday, April 11. The second day of festivities began with a special presentation at Las Vegas City Hall, where Mayor Carolyn Goodman proclaimed April 9 - 12, 2014, "UNLVino Celebration Week" honoring the event's founders, Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada's Senior Managing Director, Larry Ruvo, and Dean Emeritus of UNLV's William F. Harrah Hotel College of Hotel Administration, Dr. Jerry Vallen.

Later in the evening, UNLVino hosted its second annual BAR-b-q, a mixology-inspired poolside soiree featuring gourmet twists on barbeque favorites. Taking place amongst the gorgeous scenery of Caesars Palace Garden of the Gods Pool, guests imbibed on 16 signature cocktails from the city's most talented bartenders and mixologists while raising scholarship dollars for UNLV's Hotel College.


Bubble-Licious at The Venetian's Doge's Palace Plaza

One of UNLVino's most beloved events, Bubble-Licious delighted patrons with an evening of champagne, sparkling wines, and cocktails, along with amazing small plates from The Venetian and Palazzo's collection of restaurants.

During the event, pop artist Romero Britto was recognized with the Dom Perignon Award of Excellence. A longtime supporter of UNLVino, Britto was on-hand to present an original poster he created for the 40th anniversary.


Founders'Grand Tasting at the Keep Memory Alive Events Center at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

The 40th annual UNLVino concluded on Saturday, April 12, with the largest ever Founders' Grand Tasting featuring themed culinary villages, art experiences, helicopter entrances and an immensely vast collection of wines, spirits and beers. Proceeds from the evening hosted at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health went to the UNLVino Scholarship Fund, which benefits students at UNLV's William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration.


Neon Carnival

The massive outdoor fair and party on the tarmac at a private airport, where a few thousand invitees try to access the open sky dance floor, ferris wheels, bumper cars, free food, plentiful cocktails.


IFFLA 2014 Red Carpet and Opening Night

IFFLA 2014 kicked off with a fantastic red carpet event followed by the Los Angeles premiere of Jeffrey D. Brown's SOLD, and a reception at Nirvana Bombay Palace in Beverly Hills, featuring celebrities such as Courteney Cox, Jason Alexander and David Arquette.


Sierra Gold's All-New Menu Sampling Party April 2014

All-New Menu Items include:

Fried Shrimp Skewer, Pastrami Reuben Sliders, Chili Chesse Sliders, Green Chile Sliders, Roast Beef Sliders, Taco Salad, Greek Salad, Grilled Chicken Quinoa Salad, Thai Curry Shrimp Bowl, Fajita Bowl, Chicken Teriyaki Bowl, Garden Pizza, Italian Pizza, The Big Boy, The New Yorker, The Kendrick and the Sierra Benedict.

For more information and description of the menu and locations visit www.pteglv.com


"The 49th ACM Awards" Dominates Sunday, April 6th, 2014

The Awards Show Delivers 14.1 Million Viewers, Second-Largest Audience Since 2009

The 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards were handed out Sunday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan co-hosted the event, which aired live on CBS and was produced by Dick Clark Productions.

2014 ACM Winners:

Entertainer of the Year: George Strait

Male Vocalist of the Year: Jason Aldean

Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert

Vocal Group of the Year: The Band Perry

Album of the Year: Same Trailer, Different Park, Kacey Musgraves

Video of the Year: "Highway Don't Care," Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban

For a complete list of all the winners visit www.acmcountry.com


2nd ANNUAL ACM PARTY FOR A CAUSE FESTIVAL at THE LINQ-FRIDAY & SATURDAY, April 4-5, 2014

The ACM Party for a Cause Festival is a two-day outdoor music festival that which was the first-ever special event held at The LINQ, Caesars Entertainment's new open-air retail, dining and entertainment district at the heart of the famous Las Vegas Strip. The LINQ transformed its surface parking lot into a country music fan's paradise with the Festival stage in the shadows of the Las Vegas High Roller, the focal point of The LINQ and the world's tallest observation wheel.

The Festival included elements previously tied to the Academy's lifestyle event, such as multiple stages of ongoing LIVE country music performances.

Activities included: ACM EXPO Marketplace, ACM & ACM Lifting Lives Booth, ACM & Cabela's Great Outdoor Archery Event, Autograph Signings, Boot Campaign, Coors Light Beer Garden, Diet Dr Pepper Red Carpet Experience, Drive A Firestone and Destination Country Tour, EG Bucking Bulls Arena, Food Court, Fun Zone, Hostess, Ole Smoky Moonshine, RAM Ride and Drive, RAMinator Demonstrations, and more. The 2nd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival was headlined by Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5.


Private Media Reception at High Roller Las Vegas, Nevada 2014 during the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards

The High Roller is a 550-foot tall (167.6 m), 520-foot (160 m) diameter a giant Ferris wheel on the Las Vegas Strip located at the new LINQ and the The Quad Resort and Casino (formerly the Imperial Palace). It is the world's tallest observation wheel, 9 ft (2.7 m) taller than the 541-foot (165 m) Singapore Flyer, which held the record for the world's tallest observation wheel from 2008 until 2014. After nearly three years of planning and construction it opened to the public on March 31, 2014.

The High Roller is illuminated nightly at sunset by a 2,000-LED system which can display a single solid color, differently colored sections, multiple colors moving around the rim, and custom displays for special events and holidays.

The cabins are mounted outboard of the rim of the wheel and individually turned by electric motors to keep the floor horizontal throughout each 30-minute rotation. This style of passenger car is usually referred to as a passenger capsule, but in High Roller's case the term passenger cabin is also widely used. The High Roller has 28 cars, able to carry 40 people, giving a total capacity of 1,120 passengers.


2014 Cinemacon: It's a wrap!

CinemaCon 2014, the Official Convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), took place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas from March 24 to 27. CinemaCon is the largest and most important annual gathering of cinema owners and operators from around the world. The festival allows cinema exhibitors to get a first look at new films as studios and actors present footage from their most-hyped forthcoming projects.

Some of the highlights included:

-The first scenes from the eagerly-anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation were unveiled.

-Paramount Pictures' presentation at the 2014 CinemaCon in Las Vegas focused on three of the studio's upcoming summer movies: "Hercules", "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "Transformers: Age of Extinction". Paramount Vice Chairman Rob Moore took the stage following CinemaCon opening remarks with CinemaCon Managing Director Mitch Neuhauser dressed as Paramount's Ron Burgundy. -Featured short presentations included: "Noah", "Hot Tub Time Machine 2", "Interstellar", "SpongeBob Square Pants 2", Jason Reitman's "Men, Women & Children" and "The Gambler", among others.

-Angelina Jolie surprised exhibitors by turning up to preview Universal Studios "Unbroken," the World War II drama she directed, which is due out this Christmas.

-Disney's presentation included clips of upcoming movies first looks at the live-action re-telling of Cinderella and Pixar's Inside Out.

-Mila Kunis joined her co-star Channing Tatum to promote the film in which Tatum plays a "genetically engineered human and wolf".

-CinemaCon's studio presentation Sony Pictures included: The Amazing Spider-Man 2, 22 Jump Street, Deliver Us from Evil, When the Game Stands Tall, Sex Tape, The Equalizer, Think like a Man Too, The Interview, Fury, Annie. The presentation was hosted by Sony's President of Worldwide Distribution Rory Bruer.

-Also as part of the Fox festivities, Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann showed up to promote their April romantic comedy "The Other Woman," while Shailene Woodley spoke passionately about her turn in the teen cancer drama "The Fault in Our Stars."

-TV and film actor Michael B. Jordan, who is mentoring the Sprite Films six student filmmaker finalists, introduced them for private Q+A sessions with comedy director Ivan Reitman ("Ghostbusters," "National Lampoon," "Meatballs") and sci-fi and action director Christopher Nolan ("Memento," "Dark Knight" trilogy).

-Warner Brothers was the final studio to preview its upcoming titles at the theater exhibitor's convention Thursday, and it ended with an impressive crew of A-listers led by Depp. "Transcendence" clips were packed with explosions, sentimental moments between Depp (as Will) and leading lady Rebecca Hall (as Evelyn), and striking supporting performances by Kate Mara and Paul Bettany.

-The Awards and Winners are:

-"Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush served as MC for the awards.

-Lifetime Achievement Award - Ivan Reitman

-Female Star of Tomorrow - Shailene Woodley

-Male Star of Tomorrow - Chadwick Boseman

-CinemaCon Vanguard Award - Andy Serkis

-Rising Stars of 2014 - Nicole Peltz and Jack Reynor

-Comedy Star of the Year - Leslie Mann

-Breakthrough Performance of the Year - Chris Pratt

-Comedy Filmmakers of the Year - Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg

-Cinema Icon Award - Kevin Costner

-Male Star of the Year - Adam Sandler

-Female Star of the Year - Drew Barrymore


SPRITE FILMS RETURNS TO UNVEIL 2014 CLASS OF TALENTED STUDENT FILMMAKERS AND ORIGINAL SHORT FILMS

Actor Michael B. Jordan Joins National Film Competition to Mentor Up-and-Coming Filmmakers;

Six Short Films Live for Viewing and Voting at Sprite.com/films

The call for scripts was issued and students from 23 colleges and universities across the country responded. The limelight now shines on the finalists. Sprite Films debuts the original short films of six finalists who have demonstrated a passionate pursuit of self-expression in filmmaking. New to the program in 2014 is Sprite Films ambassador and mentor, actor Michael B. Jordan, who will meet the students and offer advice based on his first-hand experience working in Hollywood.

Public online viewing and voting of the short films is live at Sprite.com/films through May 15. Movie fans will select the student winner of the Fan Favorite Award through their online votes. A group of film industry experts, including Jordan, will crown the Green Ribbon Panel winner. The opportunity to work on a Sprite brand project with an agency affiliated with The Coca-Cola Company will be awarded to the Green Ribbon Panel winner.

The creative group of student filmmakers selected to create a short film from script-to-screen in the 2014 Sprite Films program includes the following:

Columbia College Chicago - "Thirsty Enough"

University of North Carolina, School of the Arts - "Because We Have To"

The School of Visual Arts - "Wall of Inspiration"

The Art Institute of Charlotte - "Fresh"

UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television - "What We Need"

Savannah College of Art and Design - "See Your Dreams"


Fan Favorite Award

Movie fans based in the United States ages 13 and above can vote for their favorite short film every day from now through May 15. With each vote, Sprite film lovers will be entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to win prizes including an ultimate trip to Universal Orlando Resort for four people including hotel, airfare and theme park tickets to both Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure. The winning team will receive a $5,000 donation to their university's film department and a special trip to AFI FEST 2014, the American Film Institute's (AFI) film festival, in November.


Green Ribbon Panel Award

The Green Ribbon Panel will critique the technical aspects of the short films and select one winning submission for a first place award. The winner will receive an opportunity to work on a Sprite brand project with an agency affiliated with The Coca-Cola Company, in addition to seeing their short film debut in select theaters across the country in August 2014.


MADELEINE SHERAK ACCEPTS THE 2014 PIONEER AWARD IN HONOR OF TOM SHERAK

The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation presented Madeleine Sherak with its coveted "2014 Pioneer of the Year" award on March 26 in honor of the late Humanitarian Leader and Industry Icon, Tom Sherak. 2011 Pioneer of the Year Dick Cook presented Sherak with the award. Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks, hosted the ceremony. Chris Aronson, president of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation and president of Domestic Theatrical Distribution for 20th Century Fox Film, welcomed the more than 2,000 guests in attendance at the dinner gala that raised more than $1 million to benefit the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation.

The ceremony was held in the Octavius Ballroom of Caesars Palace as part of CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), the largest and most important gathering of cinema owners and operators from around the world.

The Pioneer of the Year 2014 Honorary committee includes Rory Bruer, Dick Cook, Cyril Drabinsky, Greg Dunn, David Ellison, Dan Fellman, John Fithian, Rob Friedman, Jim Gianopulos, Larry Gordon, Salah M. Hassanein, Alan Horn, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ryan Kavanaugh, Jon Landau, Donna Langley, Sherry Lansing, Bob Lenihan, Lee Roy Mitchell, Rob Moore, David Passman, Joe Roth, Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein.

The Pioneers Assistance Fund is operated by the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation. For more information about the Pioneer of the Year Dinner or the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, please call (888) 994-3863 or visit www.wrpioneers.org.


Exclusive Tastemaker Reception at the Villa at Caesars Palace during the 2014 Cinemacon

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2014 Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show

The 2014 Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show was held from March 24-26 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This year's convention included more than 37,000 industry professionals attendees. This is the industry's most important nightclub & bar event of the year.

The annual awards winners are recognized for being 2014's best and brightest movers and shakers in nightlife."This is no beauty contest selected merely on aesthetics," said Jon Taffer, president of Nightclub & Bar Media Group and host and executive producer of Spike TV's "Bar Rescue." "Receiving this award means the recipient has demonstrated the skill and innovation needed to succeed and excel in this highly competitive business. We are proud to welcome these accomplished award winners into an elite class of establishments, operators and industry professionals that are truly the best in the business."

As the premier national program dedicated to recognizing and celebrating all aspects of success across various levels of the nightlife industry, the Nightclub & Bar Awards honor both individual winners, demonstrating expertise, professionalism and sales success, and establishments, exhibiting excellence in concept development, operations, promotion and innovation.

The Winners are:

Dayclub of the Year:

-Winner: Spinnaker Beach Club, Panama City, FL

-Finalists: Roof on the Wit, Chicago, IL and Delano Beach Club, Miami, FL

Lounge of the Year:

-Winner: Epernay Lounge, Denver, CO

-Finalists: Brahmin, Boston, MA and Side Bar, San Diego, CA

New Concept of the Year:

-Winner: The Huxley, Washington, D.C.

-Finalists: Clinton Hall, New York, NY and VIP Room, New York, NY

Nightclub of the Year :

-Winner: Story, Miami, FL

-Finalists: Cielo, New York, NY and LIV, Miami, FL;

Promo, Party or Event of the Year:

-Winner: Intervention Sundays @ Float, San Diego, CA

-Finalists: SKAM Thursdays @ Playhouse, Los Angeles, CA and FIVE/TEN Party @ Side Bar, San Diego, CA

Resident DJ of the Year:

-Winner: DJ Homicide, Playhouse, Los Angeles, CA

-Finalists: DJ JUS-SKE, 1OAK, New York and DJ Sid Vicious, FLUXX, San Diego, CA

Bartender of the Year:

-Winner: Sean Kenyon, Proprietor, Williams & Graham and Beverage Dir., The Squeaky Bean

-Finalists: Beau Williams, GM, Manifesto and Co-Owner, Hawthorne & Julep and Justin Pike, Head Bartender, The Tasting Kitchen

Beer Bar of the Year:

-Winner: Neighborhood, San Diego, CA

-Finalists: Taproom No 307, New York, NY and The Surly Goat, Hollywood, CA

Cocktail Bar of the Year:

-Winner: Disney's Carthay Circle Lounge, Anaheim, CA

-Finalists: Copa d'Oro, Santa Monica, CA and Wise Guy's, Hilton Head, SC

New Concept of the Year:

-Winner: 2 Birds 1 Stone, Washington, DC

-Finalists: Bergerac, San Francisco, CA and No Vacancy, Los Angeles, CA

Promo, Party or Event of the Year:

-Winner: Bounce Sunday @ Matrix Fillmore, San Francisco, CA

-Finalists: 12 Month Calendar Promotion @ Martini Bay, Lake Havasu, AZ and Sunday FunDAZE @ The Hangar, San Antonio, TX

Restaurant Bar of the Year:

-Winner: Beauty & Essex, New York

-Finalists: Catch, New York, NY and Isola Trattoria, New York, NY

Small Wonder Bar of the Year:

-Winner: Trick Dog, San Francisco, CA

-Finalists: Brandy Library, New York, NY and Matchbox, Chicago, IL

Sports Bar of the Year:

-Winner: The Globe Pub, Chicago, IL

-Finalists: Lansdowne Road, New York, NY and The Bleacher Bar, Boston, MA

Cocktail Bar of the Year:

-Winner: Laundry Room @ Commonwealth

-Finalists: The Chandelier and Vesper Bar

Dayclub of the Year:

-Winner: Encore Beach

-Finalists: Daylight and Wet Republic

Lounge of the Year:

-Winner: Ghostbar

-Finalists: Fireside Lounge and Parasol Up & Down

New Concept of the Year:

-Winner: Light

-Finalists: Hakkasan and Sapphire Pool

Nightclub of the Year:

-Winner: Hakkasan

-Finalists: Light and XS

Promo, Party or Event of the Year:

Winner: Summer Lovin' with Kaskade @ Marquee

Finalists: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Wednesday @ Surrender and Night Swim @ XS

Resident DJ of the Year:

-Winner: Diplo, XS/Surrender

-Finalists: Calvin Harris, Hakkasan and Major Lazer, 1OAK

Restaurant Bar of the Year:

-Winner: Herbs n Rye

-Finalists: TAO Restaurant and Yellowtail

The 2014 Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show kicked -off with a special welcoming party at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Pool which was transformed into the famous Budlight Hotel. It included numerous beer & other alcohol beverage tasting stations, light appetizers and a special performance by Ludacris. And continued with an opening night party at Marquee with Christina Milian and DJ Carnage, a platinum party at Hakkasan featuring DJ Calvin Harris, top 100 party at XS with David Guetta, Bar Rescue Happy Hour with Jon Taffer, various Las Vegas Downtown events, and an Industry Party just to name a few.


New Vista's Brew's Best, Hand-Crafted Beer Festival

Brew's Best was hosted at The Village, Lake Las Vegas in Henderson. Local & regional breweries participated by donating their brews for sampling. The event included live music, food, unlimited beer sampling from 36 local & regional breweries in the beautiful village along Lake Las Vegas.

About New Vista

New Vista is committed to providing the intellectually challenged of all ages with equal opportunities and support so they may experience life to the fullest. The overall goal of New Vista is to empower people through a better quality of life. Skilled staff works to improve each individual's ability to be independent and to build self esteem through obtaining their goals. New Vista was founded in 1984 by parents of intellectually challenged individuals who were concerned what would happen to their loved ones when they were gone or could not care for them. Out of this need the first program "New Vista Ranch" was created. In 1987 the Gilcrease Brothers donated 15 acres of land to the charity and this gave New Vista the platform to build the first 4 homes. Today New Vista has 20 homes in the Las Vegas area. In addition, New Vista supports individuals with intellectual challenges and their families that still live at home by providing in-home skilled staff that assist with their loved ones needs. What started as a program to provide a home has become a mission to give the gift of living life through an array of programs that target teaching independence.

For information visit www.newvistanv.org


The Official Presenter Gift Lounge backstage at The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Sponsors included: Breyers Gelato Indulgences, Dark Horse Wine, New Balance Fresh Foam 980s, DJI Phantom 2 Vision flying camera, Sabra, Manito Linens, Fashion Forms, Tibolli Haircare, TiVo Roamio Plus, Carlos Falchi Couture and Murad Skincare.

The official wine of the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, Dark Horse Wine also joined in honoring this year's films and the people that have the bold prowess to make them by toasting VIP guests, presenters and nominees as they walked the Arrivals Carpet. Best Male Lead nominee Michael B. Jordan was in celebratory mood as he made his way down the Arrivals Carpet and stopped to grab a glass of Dark Horse Chardonnay before heading backstage.

Attendees included: Rosario Dawson, Angela Bassett, Cate Blanchett, Elisabeth Rohm, Jeremy Renner, Jane Lynch, Greta Gerwig, Michael Fassbender, Fred Armisen, Alex Karpovsky, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Krysten Ritter, Caitrin Rogers, Will Forte, Diego Luna, Angelique Cabral, Brie Larson, Darlene Love, Gaby Hoffman, John Waters, Judith Hill, Julie Delpy, Andrew Dice Clay, Sally Hawkins, June Squibb, Keith Stanfield, Laura Dern, Marc Maron, Mark Duplass, Katie Asselton, Michael Sheen, Michaela Watkins, Ming-Na Wen, Natalie Morales, Paul Dano, Stana Katic, Tata Vega, Willie Garson, Yolonda Ross and more!


2014 Academy Awards Winners

The 86th Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, were held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on March 2nd, 2014. "12 Years a Slave" took top honors at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday by winning the Oscar for best picture. Added to Lupita Nyongo's win for supporting actress and John Ridley's for adapted screenplay, the film took three awards total. The top winner for the night, however, was "Gravity" with seven awards. In addition to Alfonso Cuaron's win for director, the film also won for visual effects, sound mixing, sound editing, cinematography, film editing and original score. Other winners in the top categories include Cate Blanchett for lead actress, Matthew McConaughey for lead actor and Jared Leto for supporting actor.

For a complete list of all the Winners please visit www.oscars.org


Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, handed out top honors to 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska at the 29th Film Independent Spirit Awards. Blue Jasmine, Fruitvale Station, Blue is the Warmest Color, Short Term 12, This is Martin Bonner and 20 Feet from Stardom also received awards at the ceremony, which is held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.

This year's major category winners were 12 Years a Slave, which won Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Female and Best Cinematography and Dallas Buyers Club, which won Best Supporting Male and Best Male Lead; Fruitvale Station which won Best First Feature and Nebraska, which won Best First Screenplay; Blue Jasmine, which won Best Female Lead, Short Term 12 which won Best Editing; This is Martin Bonner, which won the John Cassavetes Award; Blue is the Warmest Color, which won Best International Film and 20 Feet from Stardom which won Best Documentary.

The 7th annual Robert Altman Award was given to one film's director, casting director, and ensemble cast. Jeff Nichols' Mud received this award, along with casting director Francine Maisler and ensemble cast members Joe Don Baker, Jacob Lofland, Matthew McConaughey, Ray McKinnon, Sarah Paulson, Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, Tye Sheridan, Paul Sparks, Bonnie Sturdivant and Reese Witherspoon.

The 2014 Roger and Chaz Ebert Fellowship which includes a cash grant of $10,000 was awarded to Lulu Wang. This annual award is given to a filmmaker currently participating in Film Independent's signature diversity mentorship program, Project Involve. Wang wrote and directed her first feature film Posthumous set in Berlin, starring Jack Huston and Brit Marling. The Bright Future Award, sponsored by Unilever Project Sunlight, honors a filmmaker whose work best exemplifies a commitment to telling stories of positive change in the world. The inaugural Bright Future Award recipient is Patrick Creadon, whose film, If You Build It, exemplifies the power of hands-on education and the impact a few budding creative minds can have on the future of a community. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Unilever Project Sunlight.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards is sponsored by Premier Sponsors Piaget, the Lincoln Motor Company and IFC and by Principal Sponsors Stella Artois and Experian. Unilever Project Sunlight is the Official Sponsor of the Live Arrivals Show streamed exclusively on Yahoo and additional sponsors include Skype, LensCrafters and Kiehl's Since 1851. Dark Horse is the Official Wine Sponsor, WireImage is the Official Photographer and PR Newswire is the Official Breaking News Service of Film Independent. Water is provided by Fiji Water and spirits by Patron Tequila. Digital broadcast support is provided by TV Pro Gear.


Women In Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party Presented By Perrier-Jouet, MAC Cosmetics & MaxMara

Actress Helen Mirren attends the Women In Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party presented by Perrier-Jouet, MAC Cosmetics & MaxMara at Fig & Olive Melrose Place on February 28, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.


Eco Fashion Campaign's Red Carpet Green Dress Cocktail Party held at Palihouse Holloway on Thursday, February 28th in West Hollywood

The Red Carpet Green Dress competition benefits MUSE Global and MUSE School California a non-profit Amis Cameron founded to provide resources to partner schools around the world. This includes assistance for basic school operations, curriculum development, and nutritious lunches for every student.

Founder Jacquelyn Willard teamed up with Suzy Amis Cameron to host a pre-party for Cameron's Red Carpet Green Dress contest for the Oscar's! It was a star-studded event where the most successful names in Hollywood celebrated eco-fashion as it takes over the red carpet. Cameron, a veteran of award shows, started the contest to challenge designers around the world to create glamorous attire that's both sustainably made and on par or better than the conventionally manufactured gowns and tuxes still worn by many celebrities.

The party, coordinated in part by Lux & Eco, featured sustainable food and beverage vendors and each guest took home an overstuffed gift bag filled with goodies. Gifts included Veev Organic Vodka, Linnea's Lights Candles, Harney & Sons Organic Tea, Purely Elizabeth Gluten Free Baking Products, products from the admirable Marci Zaroff's line Under the Canopy, I Am Enlightened Nutrition, and Modern Minerals make-up.


"Everybody Wins at the Oscars" Gift Bag awarded annually by Distinctive Assets

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BLOSSOM BLENDS $49.95 - www.blossomblends.com

STEAMIST $2,560.00 - www.steamist.com

NARRATIVE CLIP $279.00 - www.getnarrative.com

HYDROXYCUT $38.96 - www.hydroxycut.com

POLAR LOOP $109.95 - www.polar.com

JITSEU HANDBAGS $279.00 - www.jitseu.com

ROUGE MAPLE $280.00 - www.rougemaple.com

HUNTLEY DRIVE FITNESS $850.00 - www.huntleydrivefitness.com

CELEBRITY ACUPUNCTURIST/NUTRITIONIST HEATHER LOUNSBURY $500.00 - www.livenaturallivewell.com

SLIMWARE $59.00 - www.slimware.com

M3K BEAUTY $100.00 - www.m3kbeauty.com

AVIV 613 VODKA $30.00 - www.avivvodka.com

JAN LEWIS DESIGNS $400.00 - www.janlewisdesigns.com

LE PETIT CIRQUE $575.00 - www.lepetitcirquela.com

IMANTA $3,300.00 - www.imantaresorts.com

KOLOA LANDING RESORT $2,000.00 - www.koloalandingresort.com

LOADED: THE STORY OF A GHOST $49.95 - www.loadedseries.com

MAKEUP STUDIO BY DIANE CAPT $105.00 - www.dcglow.com

SIMON'S HAPPY PET SHAMPOO $15.00 - www.dcglow.com

BEE FREE HONEE $39.00 - www.beefreehonee.com

BETTY JANE HOMEMADE CANDIES $69.75 - www.bettyjanecandies.com

CANNONBALL WINE COMPANY $60.00 - www.drinkcannonball.com

ACURE $300.00 - www.acureorganics.com

CHERRYT KNIT & CO. $158.00 - www.cherrytco.com

THE GREEN GARMENTO $23.00 - www.thegreengarmento.com

MANE'N TAIL $95.35 - www.manentail.com

HISY $24.99 - www.hisypix.com

EPIC PET HEALTH $1,571.98 - www.epicpethealth.com

COOLWAY $120.00 - www.coolwayhair.com

VETVIK $230.00 - www.vetvik.com

MACE BRAND $120.00 - www.mace.com

GIZARA ARTS $5,000.00 - www.gizaraarts.com

WRAG WRAP $15.00 - www.wragwrap.com

DRAINWIG $6.49 - www.drainwig.com

KRYSTAL KLEAR WATER $4,895.00 - www.krystalklearwater.com

THE O-SHOT PROCEDURE $2,700.00 - www.oshot.info

ARTAS ROBOTIC HAIR TRANSPLANT SYSTEM $16,000.00 - www.dryateshairscience.com

WALK JAPAN $15,000.00 - www.walkjapan.com

"BEST OF LAS VEGAS" $9,000.00

"Best of Las Vegas Package" courtesy of PR Plus. Package includes:

1 dozen sugar cookies from Gimme Some Sugar Bake Shoppe $45

1 dozen cupcakes from The Cupcakery $48

2 tix to Terry Fator and a meet'n greet with him - $300

VIP tour of Gold & Silver Pawn Shop including a meet'n greet with the Stars, swag bag, 2 tix to see Pawn Shop Live! and the chance to be an extra or view a scene being filmed - $2500 (but really "priceless"!)

2 tix to Chippendales and a 2014 calendar - $140

2 tix to George Wallace and meet'n greet after the show - $200

Hash House A Go Go - $75 gift certificate (best breakfast in Las Vegas)

2 tix to Mo5aic at LVH - $100

2 tix to NBA Summer League - summer of 2014 - $300

2 tix to a concert at Pearl at the Palms and tour of Studio at the Palms - $200

2 Piatini's at Piero's and enjoying Pia Zadora's show - $60

2 tix to a concert at House of Blues - LV and admission into the Foundation Room following the show - $225

2 tix to Raack'N Roll at the D + 2 tix to X Burlesque at Flamingo + 2 tix to X Rocks at the Rio - $250

Buddy V's at the Venetian - $100 gift certificate

Honey Salt - $100 gift certificate

2 tix to Louie Anderson's show - $120

2 tix to Reggae in the Desert (June 14) - $40

2 tix and meet'n greet for Rocktellz and Cocktails presents Meat Loaf at Planet Hollywood - $700

2 tix to Rose. Rabbit. Lie. at Cosmopolitan for the 10 pm canto with bottle service and dinner for two - $1000

Riviera package including 2 nights in Penthouse Suite ($600), Dinner for 2 at R Steak ($200) and 2 VIP show tickets ($200)

2 tix and meet'n greet for Boyz II Men at Mirage - $350

2 tix and meet'n greet for Rocktellz and Cocktails presents the Jacksons at Planet Hollywood - $700

Other fun surprises!

www.prpluslv.com

Monster & Caesars Entertainment presented The Axis Powered by Monster

Wedneday, February 19th, Las Vegas, Nevada

In celebration of their collaboration Monster and Caesars Entertainment celebrated their official launch of "THE AXIS" at Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino with a special Monster VIP reception followed by Britney's: Piece of Me Show.


2014 Golden Reel Award

The Motion Picture Sound Editors presented the 61st MPSE Golden Reel Awards at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.The Golden Reel Awards recognizing outstanding achievement in sound editing were presented in 24 categories. George Lucas presented his longtime friend and director of sound design at Skywalker Sound, Randy Thom, with the MPSE career achievement award.

Some of the winners are:Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects and Foley in an English Language Feature -"Gravity"

Best Sound Editing: Dialogue and ADR in an English Language Feature - "Captain Phillips"

Best Sound Editing in an Animated Feature (English or Foreign Language),(Includes ADR, Dialogue, Sound Effects and Foley) - "Epic"

Best Sound Editing in a Foreign Language Feature (Includes ADR, Dialogue, Sound Effects and Foley) - "The Grandmaster"

Best Sound Editing: Music in a Musical Feature (English or Foreign Language) - "Frozen"

Best Sound Editing: Music in a Feature (English or Foreign Language) - "The Great Gatsby"

Best Sound Editing in a Feature Documentary Feature - "Dirty Wars"

Best Sound Editing in Television - Short Form: Dialogue & ADR - "Game of Thrones: The Rains of Castamere"

Best Sound Editing in Television - Short Form: Sound Effects & Foley "Breaking Bad" - "Felina"

Best Sound Editing in Television - Long Form: Dialogue & ADR - "The Bridge" - Pilot

Best Sound Editing in Television - Long Form: Sound Effects & Foley - "Sons of Anarchy" - "Salvage"

Best Sound Editing in Television - Short Form: Music - "Game of Thrones" - "The Rains of Castamere"

Best Sound Editing in Television - Short Form: Music, Musical - "Peg + Cat: The Beethoven Problem"

Best Sound Editing in Television - Long Form Form: Music, Musical - "History of the Eagles: Part One"

Best Sound Editing in Television: Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR Animation in Television - "The Fairly OddParents" - "Dumbbell Curve"

Best Sound Editing: Short Form Documentary in Television - "North America: No Place to Hide"

Best Sound Editing: Long Form Documentary in Television - "Deadliest Catch: The Final Battle"

Best Sound Editing: Computer Episodic Entertainment - "Mortal Kombat: Legacy Series II"

Best Sound Editing: Computer Interactive Entertainment - "StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm Cinematic"

Best Sound Editing: Direct to Video Animation - "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Pt. 2"

Best Sound Editing: Direct to Video Live Action - "Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter"

Best Sound Editing: Special Venue - "To the Arctic 3D"

Verna Fields Award in Sound Editing for Student Filmmakers - "Robomax"

For a complete list of all the winners visit www.mpse.org


Season 1 Is Available On Blu-ray and DVD February 11th

Season 2 Returns to FX February 26th

The Americans Season 1 Blu-ray and DVD release party took place at Nic's Beverly Hills. Guests in attendance were invited to Vodka-tasting in Nic's 28-degree chilled VodBox. Attendees were also treated to Americans inspired "Cold War Cosmos," custom laser-etched phone cases, Russian Ushanka hats, as well as an opportunity to chat with Executive Producers of The Americans - Graham Yost, Darrel Frank, and Justin Falvey.


Grace of Monaco by Olivier Dahan to open the 67th Festival de Cannes

French director Olivier Dahan's Grace of Monaco is to open the next Festival de Cannes. The world preview will take place on Wednesday 14 May, 2014, in the Grand Theatre Lumiere of the Palais des Festivals, in the Official Selection category, Out of Competition. Grace of Monaco follows on from The Great Gatsby by Baz Luhrmann. The film portrays a period in the life of American Actress Grace Kelly (played by Nicole Kidman) who became Princess Grace of Monaco when she married Prince Rainier III (Tim Roth) in 1956, in what was dubbed "the marriage of the century". An Oscar winner, she was already a huge film star, having worked with the very greatest (John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, Fred Zinnemann) and acclaimed the world over. Six years later, amid occasional difficulties in fulfilling her role, she was invited back to Hollywood by Alfred Hitchcock, to play in his new film Marnie. At the time, France was threatening to tax and even annex Monaco, the tiny Principality whose monarch Kelly had become. Was she still an actress? Was she really Princess of Monaco?

Produced by Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Uday Chopra and Arash Amel, who also wrote the screenplay, Grace de Monaco sees Nicole Kidman play the role of Grace, with Tim Roth as Prince Rainier. Their co-stars include Frank Langella, Parker Posey, Jeanne Balibar, Sir Derek Jacobi and Paz Vega, who plays Maria Callas. The film was shot in Scope 2.35 using Kodak 35mm film. The Director of Photography was France's Eric Gautier and the 16-weeks shoot took place in Monaco, South of France, Paris, Vintimille, Gand and Bruxelles.

Born in 1967 in La Ciotat, Olivier Dahan previously directed La Vie en Rose (2007) which garnered Marion Cotillard the Oscar for Best Actress in 2008. Grace of Monaco will be released on the opening day of the Festival, Wednesday 14 May, in France and in several cities around the world. The opening ceremony will be broadcast to participating cinemas, with the kind cooperation of Canal+.


Super Bowl 2014 was the Most Viewed in History

The Super Bowl 2014 set a new record in terms of TV viewers. On average 111.5 million watch the Super Bowl XLVIII on Fox.

The Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl 2014. The Seahawks smashed the Broncos with 43 to 8. The Budweiser Super Bowl Ad Puppy Love won the most important Super Bowl 2014 Ad ranking. The Super Bowl 2014 broadcast on Fox won the title of most viewed in history. Nielsen released their TV ratings report for the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl XLVIII on Fox had an average of 111.5 million viewers. This is about 3 million more than last year's Super Bowl. Super Bowl 2014 beats the 2012 Super Bowl by about 140,000 views. AS this are preliminary numbers it could be that there is still going to be a change in the ranking as the numbers between the 2012 and 2014 Super Bowl broadcast are pretty close.


2014 Official Grammys Gifting Lounge

Distinctive Assets, an LA-based entertainment marketing company once again produced the official talent gift bags and backstage gift lounge for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Music's Biggest Night which was held on January 26th, 2014 at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

Attendees were greeted by staff from Distinctive Assets, who escorted guests throughout the lounge. The lounge was moderately lit and beautiful decorated with natural and recycled resources permeated the lounge with luscious foliage and unique art pieces crafted by Revamp & Revive and Bo Tree Source. Both companies also gifted interior design consultation services to attendees.

Beauty essentials like MTG's Touch of Gold and Non F Energy cream by McCoy, helping to reduce cellulite were some of the beauty gifts given out. WowWee toys brought innovative fun to the lounge with MiP and their new line of Elektrokidz. An old school music gadget got a innovative update; the Gramovox, the world's first bluetooth gramophone was handsomely on display and gifted to guests. Gibson Brands gifted each lounge attendee a voucher to Gibson Beverly Hills Showroom to select a Gibson Les Paul Studio Guitar and showcased their unique self-tuning Robot Les Paul Studio Limited featuring Robot Tuners.

Max Martin stood out with their American-made lavish footwear and gifted attendees $750 in product. With a twist of charm, chivalry and also handcrafted in the USA, mens bow ties and accessories by ZB Savoy were among fashionable threads on display at the gift lounge. Furthering the fashion-wear were gifts from Solstice Sunglasses, trips to "Best of Las Vegas" from PR Plus and an ocean resort stay from Imanta Resorts. Preassembled GRAMMY gift bags were also provided to attendees and included gifts from; 5 Gum, Yankee Candle, SOLEBANDZ, JBL Headphones, iHome, Blossom Blends, Conillin Chocolates, Norwegian Cruise Line, Paperblanks Journals, LODED: The Story of a Ghost, BioXgenic, The BrewsKey, Banana Republic Sunglasses and more!


The 5th Annual Taste Awards

The Taste Awards are the premier awards celebrating the year's best in Food, Fashion, and Lifestyle programs on Television, in Film, Online, and on Radio were held January 16th in Hollywood.

Some of this year's winners are:

BEST FOOD OR DRINK RADIO BROADCAST - Bite and Booze Radio Show

BEST FASHION OR DESIGN: WEB PROGRAM OR VIDEO - Urban Hippie

BEST COMEDY - The Trailer Park Cooking Show With Jolene Sugarbaker

BEST FEATURE-LENGTH FILM OR DOCUMENTARY - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

BEST SHORT FILM OR DOCUMENTARY - Sugar Shack (A Documentary)

BEST MINI FILM OR DOCUMENTARY - "The Art & Science of Beer, with the Charlie "The Pope of Foam" Bamforth

BEST FOOD PROGRAM: WEB - Bravo's Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen

BEST FOOD TRAVEL SERIES: WEB - Without Borders

BEST HOME CHEF IN A SERIES - Kimberly's Simply Southern


CROWD OF 7,000 FLOCKS TO LA ART SHOW OPENING NIGHT PREMIERE PARTY

CELEBRITIES AND ROYALTY ATTEND 19th OPENING OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT ART FAIR IN THE WEST

The 19th Annual LA Art Show kicked-off with a star-studded benefit for the Sister Cities of Los Angeles, and their program Bordeaux-Los Angeles A 50 Year Partnership. The event, which attracted a crowd of 7,000 collectors, celebrities, royalty, and political officials, featured an exclusive tasting of world-renowned Grand Crus wines from Bordeaux, alongside California-Latino inspired samplers by chef of note, John Sedlar of Rivera Restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles. DJs Mia Dangerfield, Lush Bunny (Ryan Jesena), and Marques Wyatt Deep-LA spun throughout the evening.

In addition to 2014 Art Ambassador, Cheech Marin, the evening hosted numerous high-profile celebrities, royalty and political officials. 2014 celebrity attendees include: Barbra Streisand, James Brolin, Loni Anderson, Shepard Fairey, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Lily Collins (Mortal Instruments) Michelle Monaghan (True Detective), Debra Wilson (MADtv), Princess Anita Theodora of Orange-Nassau, Gabrielle, Duchess of Schoeneberg, Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Kevan Hall (fashion designer), Hill Harper (Cover Affairs), Robert LaSardo (CSI:Miami), Domingo Zapata (artist), Bria Murphy, Willem van Gogh (grand-nephew of Vincent van Gogh), James DuMont (Treme), Alex Lombard (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Sue Wong (fashion designer), Abdulla Ali Saboosi (Consul General for the U.A.E.), Michael Peer (Opera Singer), Rebecca Reaney (Tarzan 3D), Toni Garrn (model), Terence Bernie Hines (Secret Life of Walter Mitty) and more.

Numerous LA-based businesses, including Angel City Brewery, Beso, Ca Del Sole, Calavera Tequila, Chaya Downtown, Chivas Regal, Deep Eddy Vodka, Diabolo Beverages, Evian, Hama Sushi, John and Pete's Fine Wine and Spirits, Magnolia Bakery, Maria's Italian Kitchen, Rasta Tacos, Rivera, Sinners and Saints Desserts, Sweet Tart Beverage Company, and Trattoria Neapolis, served a wide assortment of tapas-style food and beverages to the confluence of more than 7,000 art patrons who attended the Opening Night Premiere Party.


2014 Golden Globes

12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Breaking Bad, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Behind the Candelabra were among the big winners at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, January 12th.

12 Years a Slave took home the win for best motion picture, drama, while American Hustle won as best musical/comedy. Breaking Bad was named best TV drama, while Brooklyn Nine-Nine surprised with a win for best TV comedy. Behind the Candelabra won in the miniseries/TV movie category. The ceremony was broadcast live from the Beverly Hilton on NBC, with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returning as hosts.

For complete list of winners go to www.goldenglobes.com/awards


Diane von Furstenberg's Journey of a Dress Exhibition Premier

Diane von Furstenberg hosted a launch party for the exhibition, Journey of a Dress, celebrating 40 years of the DVF wrap dress with works by Andy Warhol, Chuck Close, and Annie Leibovitz on Friday January 10th, 2014.



Fleetwood Mac Headlined Monster's CES Retailer Awards Party

Rock legends Fleetwood Mac headlined Monster's Retail Awards presentation and party at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas. Considered one of the hottest parties at the consumer electronics show, this year's event marked Monster's 35th anniversary.


TECHRADAR ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE BEST OF CES AWARDS 2014 SPONSORED BY DTS

Editors Select the Best of the Best in Mobile Phones, Tablets, Home Entertainment, Cameras, Car Tech and Much More

Future US, a leading digital media group specializing in technology and gaming properties, announced the winners of their second annual TechRadar Best of CES Awards 2014 sponsored by DTS. TechRadar editors reviewed the latest and greatest gadgets and electronics CES has to offer and named their top picks of the show.

Winners of the TechRadar Best of CES Awards 2014 include:

Best in Show: Toyota FCB

Peoples'Choice Award: Steam Machines

Best Cell Phone: Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Best Tablet: Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.

Best Laptop: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Best TV: Sony Bravia X9

Best Digital Camera: Nikon D3300

Best Audio Accessory: Rocki

Best All-in-One Computer: Samsung Ativ One 7

Most Unique Product: Monster DJ Go

Best Car Tech: Audi Tablet

Best Home Theater Product: Dish Super Joey

Best Gaming Peripheral: Steam Controller

Best Fitness Tech: LG Lifeband Touch

Best Wearable Tech: Pebble Steel

Best Mobile Device Accessory: Mophie Space Pack

Best App/Software: Playstation Now

Best In-Home Gizmo: Nest Protect

Best Green (Environmentally-Friendly) Product: Toyota FCV

Best Steam Box: Gigabyte Brix Pro


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Los Angeles Student Media Festival 2014

L.A. city council member Paul Krekorian is pleased to announce that the fourth annual Los Angeles Student Media Festival will be held May 3, 2014. The first of its kind festival showcases Los Angeles's most talented high school filmmakers and entries for this year's festival have officially been submitted. Hosted by Paul Krekorian, the unique Los Angeles Student Media Festival allows young filmmakers to tell their stories without adhering to the traditional means of filmmaking. With the proliferation of digital media, young filmmakers are no longer restricted by the old cinematic paradigm. Instead, students are free to tell their stories with a cell phone, a computer and just about anything else that comes to mind.

For more information visit lasmf.lacity.org


C.O.L.A.

COLCOA French Film Festival 2014 a week of French Film Premieres in Hollywood

For more information visit www.colcoa.org


LA Asian Pacific Film Fest 2014

The 30th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival will be presented May 1 - May 11, 2014 at the Directors Guild of America; CGV Cinemas; Japanese American National Museum; and The Art Theatre of Long Beach. A key highlight of the month-long Asian Pacific Heritage Month activities, the Film Festival is produced by Visual Communications, the nation's premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, and enjoys broad support from cinema artists and audiences alike. Since 1983, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival has presented nearly 4,000 films and videos by Asian international and Asian Pacific American artists, and additionally features seminars and panels, in-person guest appearances, and filmmaker awards. The Film Festival continues to be the largest festival of its kind in Southern California and is the premier showcase for the best and brightest of Asian American and Asian international cinema. See website for exact times and locations of screenings.

For more information visit asianfilmfestla.org


20th Annual LA Film Fest

FILM INDEPENDENT ANNOUNCES FILMMAKER LISA CHOLODENKO AS GUEST DIRECTOR OF THE 2014 LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL

SONY PICTURES CLASSICS' TOM BERNARD AND MICHAEL BARKER TO RECEIVE THE SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENCE AWARD

MASTER CLASS WITH ATTICUS ROSS ANNOUNCED 'FUNNY TALK, A CONVERSATION WITH KEY AND PEELE' ADDED TO LA MUSE LINEUP

The LA Film Fest is back for its 20th year from June 11-19. The Los Angeles Film Festival is an annual film festival event held for 10 days in downtown Los Angeles, California. Presented by the Los Angeles Times, it showcases independent, international, feature, documentary and short films, as well as music videos.

For more information visit www.lafilmfest.com


ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO, the first and only national conference dedicated to songwriting and composing, occurring April 24-26, 2014.

For more information visit www.2014expo.ascap.com


The 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, will take place April 16th through April 27th in New York City. Programmed by a team led by Geoffrey Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises; Artistic Director Frederic Boyer; Director of Programming Genna Terranova; Programmer Cara Cusumano and Shorts Programmer Sharon Badal, Tribeca is a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established filmmakers. The Festival seeks to help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, to enable the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema, and to promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. Since its founding through 2012, the Festival has screened more than 1,400 films from over 80 countries.

For more information visit www.tribecafilm.com


The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) will celebrate its 15th anniversary with an action-packed line up of independent and studio films from around the globe. Scheduled to take place from April 24th - May 1st, 2014 in Southern California, the Festival will screen an international slate of over 350 films from around the world, including short and feature length narrative, documentary, animated and student films that will compete for a series of Jury, Festival Honors and Audience Awards.

The Newport Beach Film Festival seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world. Committed to enlightening the public with a first-class international film program as well as providing a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the Festival focuses on showcasing a diverse collection of both studio and independent films. The Festival supports the creation and advancement of innovative and artistic cinematic works from both emerging and seasoned filmmakers and proudly embraces the passion, vision, and independent spirit of these talented artists. With the integration of the local community and educational institutions, the Festival stimulates an interest in the study and appreciation of film and encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to participate.

For more information visit www.newportbeachfilmfest.com


STANLEY FILM FESTIVAL - CHAPTER II

April 24-27, 2014 - Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado

Following the successful inaugural run of the Stanley Film Festival (SFF) last May 2013 - The Stanley Film Festival Chapter II - promises four days of hauntingly good entertainment scheduled for April 24-27, 2014 where Stephen King penned THE SHINING. The Denver Film Society is proud to be a partner in producing this unique event and it's literally a dream come true to present a world-class horror festival at the Stanley Hotel. You couldn't find a better location for a horror film festival because of the actual paranormal experiences that continue to happen with many of the guests who come year-after-year to this historic property.


JCK Las Vegas Announces New Show Perks for 2014

JCK Las Vegas announced that the show will offer some exciting new features and perks. Among the new and notable items attendees can expect to see: An address from Philippe Mellier, CEO, De Beers Group, to ALL retailers; Grammy Award-winning recording artist and songwriter, Rob Thomas (of Matchbox 20), headlining JCK Rocks the Beach; the introduction of "Food Truck" Alley; the inaugural Diamond Empowerment Fund 'Diamonds in the Sky Event'; an improved floor plan; and the morning Jewelers For Children's Rings of Strength 'Run, Walk, Ride' event.

The anticipated keynote address to be given by De Beers Group CEO, Philippe Mellier, is an important highlight because it will mark the powerhouse brand's inaugural address to an all-inclusive retailer audience in Las Vegas (to date, Mellier has only addressed Forevermark retailers). Taking the stage on Friday afternoon of the show, Mellier will undoubtedly have everyone captive as he shares his company's perspectives on the outlook for the diamond industry.

Indeed, the roster of added value opportunities to take part in is something to enthuse about. "Food Truck" Alley in particular will bring a casual outdoor (not to mention trendy) dining option. The trucks will station next to the Bayside entrance alongside a cooling and tented eating area. Four trucks per day will serve up quality, cost-effective meals that are sure to impress the hipsters among us. Ambling throughout the show, attendees will notice a BIG change from years past-wider aisles will ensure less traffic jams and an overall easier show experience. Additionally, in the realm of improved navigation, the new Exhibitor Recommendation program, JCK Match, (retailers are surveyed during registration and matched with exhibitors based on product category and price-point interest), will benefit from a Geo-locator function; where they will receive notification of what's around them on the show floor, no matter where they are, when using the official JCK Mobile app.

Come Sunday evening, the annual JCK Rocks the Beach party with title sponsor Effy, will invigorate show attendees with an evening of networking on the sand at the Beach at Mandalay Bay. The industry's famous Beach Party will have everyone feeling "Smooth" thanks to the sounds of Matchbox 20's Rob Thomas. A new ticket format is in place this year, with attendees having to pick-up their ticket (one per badge) at JCK's Ticket Distribution Centers throughout the show.


THE VOICE 2014 Tour Presented By CLEAR Haircare

31-DATE Tour Kicking Off June 21st In SAN ANTONIO, TX

Tickets On-Sale Nationwide on April 17thd at 10:00 AM

Fans of the hit NBC show, "The Voice", can finally see their favorite contestants live as the season's talented top Finalists and favorite past stars hit the road on a huge summer tour. Talpa Media and AEG Live announced the 31-show concert tour launches June 21st in San Antonio, TX and stops in major cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto, ON before wrapping in Redmond, WA on August 2. Tickets go on sale April 17 at 10:00 AM local via www.thevoice.com/tour and www.aeglive.com.

Already confirmed on the tour is Jamaica native and Season 5 champ, Tessanne Chin. Also joining the tour from Season 5 is soul-pop teen artist, and runner up, Jacquie Lee and vocal powerhouse and family man, Will Champlin. Dia Frampton, a Team Blake favorite, from Season One will be hitting the road too, along with this season's Winner, Runner Up, and 3rd place. Another fan favorite is guaranteed to tour and will be determined in the month of May by America via social media. Fans can experience the finalists performing favorite moments from their seasons again live on tour. THE VOICE Season 6 Finale will air on NBC on May 20th, but this season's fan-favorites and past stars will continue on with the 2014 Tour.

CLEAR SCALP & HAIR will join NBC's The Voice as the official title sponsor of The Voice Live Tour. CLEAR SCALP & HAIR will bring the message of resilience across the U.S., and provide fans with exclusive behind-the-scenes access and content from the road. The multiplatform partnership will bring to life America's inner and outer resilience, while engaging with the show's thousands of fans in real-time.

The Indio, CA event will go on sale Friday, April 25th.

For the latest tour and ticketing information please visit: http://nbcthevoicetour.com/


CHER

MULTI-PLATINUM SUPERSTAR ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR HER "DRESSED TO KILL TOUR"

CHER TO BE JOINED BY SPECIAL GUEST CYNDI LAUPER

Cher has just announced Cyndi Lauper as support for her "Dressed To Kill Tour". Tickets for all dates are on sale now, and for complete "Dressed To Kill" tour details and ticket information, please visit www.cher.com.

Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award winning artist and New York Times Best Selling author Cyndi Lauper has proven that she has the heart and soul to keep her legion of fans compelled by her every creative move. A true renaissance woman with 30 sterling years and global record sales in excess of 50 million, Lauper continues to reach new heights as a career artist.

In 2013, Cyndi became the first solo woman to win the Tony Award for Best Original Score for Kinky Boots, itself a Tony Award Winner for Best New Musical. In addition, Cyndi marked the 30th anniversary of her debut smash hit album, She's So Unusual, with a celebratory world tour, she also released her New York Times Best Selling autobiography - Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir - published by Simon & Schuster, and continued her philanthropic work through the True Colors Fund.

For more information, please visit: http://www.cyndilauper.com/


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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Official 2014 ACM Awards ZinePak Giveaway

Enter to win until April 30th, 2014

The ZinePak is a limited-edition package spotlighting country's biggest names and brightest new stars. The collection pairs a 120-page magazine with 31 songs on two CDs. It also includes a ballot with this year's ACM Awards nominees and six collectible guitar picks.


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