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Furious 7

2.Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

3.The Age of Adaline

4.Home (2015)


6.Ex Machina

7.The Longest Ride

8.Get Hard

9.Monkey Kingdom

10.Woman in Gold



2015 CinemaCon Highlights

Awards Honorees included:

-Alan Arkin – Lifetime Achievement Award

-Elizabeth Banks – Breakthrough Filmmaker of the Year

-Britt Robertson – 2015 Star of Tomorrow

-Francis Lawrence – Director of the Year

-Amy Schumer – Breakthrough Performer of the Year

-Nat Wolff & Cara Delevingne – Rising Stars of 2015

-Cast of “Fantastic Four” Jamie Bell, Micheal B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Miles Teller - CinemaCon Ensemble Award

-Paul Feig – Comedy Filmmaker of the Year

-Julianne Moore – CinemaCon Vanguard Award

-Kevin Hart – Comedy Star of the Year

-Rose Byrne – Female Star of the Year

-Paul Rudd – Male Star of the Year

Billy Bush served as the Emcee of the Evening.

Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley officially opened Westgate’s Elvis exhibit, with a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

On April 23 rd Elvis Presley’s Graceland celebrated its grand opening of its new, permanent exhibition, theater showroom and wedding chapel outside of Graceland at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.

On the 59th anniversary of Elvis’ very first performance in Las Vegas in 1956.

At the same venue where Elvis performed over 600 record breaking, sold-out shows.

Graceland Presents ELVIS includes an expansive, new permanent exhibition featuring hundreds of artifacts never-before-displayed outside of Graceland, live entertainment shows in the new Elvis Presley Theater, and the new Elvis Presley’s Graceland Wedding Chapel.

The exhibition encompasses over 28,000 square feet and includes hundreds of artifacts from the Presley family’s treasured Graceland Archives, showcasing the man, the performer and the music that revolutionized popular culture around the world. Visitors will experience an unprecedented journey through Elvis’ life and career, beginning with his early days in Tupelo, Miss., through his first recording session in Memphis, rise to fame, Hollywood career, life at Graceland, the Las Vegas years and more. Graceland-produced videos will immerse guests in the experience, concluding with a 26-minute retrospective film featuring Elvis’ greatest performances.

The newly renamed and renovated Elvis Presley Theater presents Elvis-themed live shows for limited engagement runs on the very stage where Elvis performed for millions of guests during his record-breaking, seven-year stint from 1969 through 1976.

41st Annual UNLVino

This year, the 41st annual UNLVino featured three days of events, for wine, beer and spirit enthusiasts, April 16-18, 2015. Nevada’s original wine festival. Celebrating more than 40 years of hospitality excellence, UNLVino invited guests to “take a sip for scholarship”. The three evenings of events included Bubble-Licious, Sake Fever and the Grand Tasting. Southern Wine & Spirits continued their mission to rally the Las Vegas community in support of UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration.

Complementing the exquisite wines, innovative mixology and world-class cuisine UNLVino is known for, this year’s events featured elevated entertainment, including renowned musicians Frankie Moreno and Franks & Deans. UNLVino also continued its tradition of recognizing hospitality industry leaders with the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence. The 2015 honorees included culinary icon Danliel Boulud and the “Godfather of Italian-American cooking” Chef Steve Martorano, as well as UNLV’s Presidential Advisor for Strategic Initiatives, Don Snyder.

The three day event started of Thursday, April 16 with Unlvino Bubble-Licious held at the The Venetian Las Vegas’ Doge’s Palace Plaza. Featured a variety of champagnes and sparkling wines.

Followed by Sake Fever Friday, April 17th held at the beautiful Red Rock Casino scenic pool and featured a variety of asian dishes and spirits from various restaurant throughout Las Vegas.

And concluded with the Grand Tasting at the Paris Hotel and Casino. Featured a variety of fine wines, bites and live entertainment.

2015 NAB Show

NAB Show, held April 11-16, 2015 in Las Vegas, is the world's largest electronic media show covering the creation, management and delivery of content across all platforms. With more than 98,000 attendees from 150 countries and 1,700+ exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways.

Shonda Rhimes, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jerry Lewis, and Lowell "Bud" Paxson Honored at Day One of 2015 NAB Show

NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith opened the convention with his annual State of the Broadcast Industry Address, and a broad range of sessions throughout the day delved into how content comes to life in today's media marketplace.

Following his keynote, Smith presented Jerry Lewis, humanitarian and one of the most successful entertainers in history, with the NAB Distinguished Service Award.

After the award ceremony, Peter Guber, founder, chairman, and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment Group, gave a keynote speech that discussed the future of content production, live events, and monetization.

At the Television Luncheon, Shonda Rhimes, creator and executive producer of broadcast hits "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Actor and producer Tracee Ellis Ross, who stars in the ABC comedy series "Black-ish," received the NAB Television Chairman's Award, while Lowell "Bud" Paxson was posthumously honored with the NAB Spirit of Broadcasting Award, which is given to individuals who have made a unique and enduring difference in the broadcasting industry. The Creative Master Series featured Oscar-nominated cinematographer Robert Yeoman, ASC, in conversation with Jon Witmer, managing editor of American Cinematography Magazine, to discuss "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and the techniques Yeoman used to elevate director Wes Anderson's well-known aesthetic tropes to new heights. Award-winning writer, director, and producer Morgan Spurlock hosted a Super Session where he discussed how to create content that can be both original and have a meaningful impact.

Day Two of 2015 NAB Show Features 'The Walking Dead,' Mel Karmazin, and 'American Sniper' Cinematographer Tom Stern

The day's sessions kicked off with a standing-room only Super Session for "The Walking Dead," which featured AMC President Charlie Collier, "The Walking Dead" comic book creator and series executive producer Robert Kirkman, and series star Steven Yeun.

Moderated by TV Guide Executive Editor Michael Schneider, the trio discussed why the series appeals to such a broad audience, the recently announced spinoff series ("Fear the Walking Dead"), and the passion of the show's viewers.

At the NAB Show Radio Luncheon, Gordon Smith, NAB president and CEO, inducted Kevin Ryder and Gene "Bean" Baxter into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. The duo host the longest-running a.m. drive show in Southern California, where they've been entertaining listeners for 25 years. Marilu Henner, a five-time Golden Globe nominee, New York Times best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio personality, opened the luncheon with a spirited address that shared her perspectives on the value radio provides audiences on a local and international scale.

At the Creative Master Series, "American Sniper" cinematographer Tom Stern, ASC, gave a keynote that addressed films he created in partnership with Clint Eastwood, provided his insights into working with crews around the globe, and his experiences using digital capture to visualize "American Sniper." In a separate session, the VFX team from the hit video game "Destiny" discussed how they created a world with the goal of providing a social playing experience that lasts hundreds of hours, rather than the normal dozen or so hours that are standard for most games.

In its first year at NAB Show, the Online Video Conference featured Alison Moore, general manager and executive VP of NBCUniversal's TV Everywhere initiative, as she addressed the commitment of the network to provide access to content across multiple platforms. The day concluded with a conversation between legendary media entrepreneur Mel Karmazin and Wall Street Journal media and entertainment reporter Joe Flint.


The National Association of Broadcasters announced preliminary registered attendance of 103,042 for the 2015 NAB Show, the world's largest annual convention covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. The exhibition featured 1,789 companies spanning 1,015,000 net square feet of exhibit space.





The 2014 NAB Show final attendance was 97,915, with 26,367 international attendees. Total exhibit space was 947,000 net square feet.

International and news media attendance figures are included in the overall registration number. All numbers are based on pre-show and onsite registration and subject to an ongoing audit.



Gordon and Bullock investigate a cold case involving the Ogre, a serial killer who targets young women in Gotham City. Meanwhile, Fish plots her escape from the Dollmaker, and Bruce and Selina confront Reggie in the all-new “Beasts of Prey” episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, April 13 (8:00-9:00 ET/PT) on FOX.

Sneak Peek At GOTHAM’s Very Own Riddle Genius:

Undiscovered Artists Celebrated in ‘Know New Art’ Campaign for 16th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival

To build interest and intrigue in the 16th annual Newport Beach Film Festival, taking place April 23–30, 2015, an integrated ad campaign, “Know New Art,” is designed to captivate and garner attention for the talented artists among us who have yet to be discovered. RPA Advertising, now in its sixth year partnering with the Festival, is building on the strategy of creating campaigns for the Newport Beach Film Festival that are as artful as the films that are showcased from more than 40 countries.

In-theater, TV, print, out-of-home and festival programs illustrate the distinctive personality of the Festival and the creativity it inspires by screening more than 350 films to an audience of 60,000 that highlight the best in contemporary and independent film.

“Skeet Art,” the in-theater promo from Biscuit Filmworks’ identical twin directing duo, the Freise Brothers, reveals a new form of nontraditional art that serves as a metaphor for the Festival. In a high-contrast black-and-white world, the story follows an eccentric, rifle-toting new-age punk and her butler through a field of high grass, where they pause to shoot a round of skeet. Clay pigeons have been replaced with homemade color bombs filled with brilliant powder, with which the sharp-shooting artist magnificently paints the sky.

“We found ourselves at a shooting range in the desert for a friend's wedding and began to talk about our strange small-town childhood experience with guns, art and punk rock music. Seemingly unrelated things, we had this idea to re-imagine them inspired by the Festival's theme of 'Know New Art' and meld these elements into a short narrative—what kind of art would a skeet-shooting, punk rock, fine artist make,” said the Freise Brothers. “This was our first time working with RPA, which was a fantastic experience. They gave us all the freedom in the world and brought so many creative ideas to the table. We developed storyboards early on, so the whole production team and crew really saw the vision from the beginning. It was great to all be on the same page.”

“Everyone who worked on the project did so with the utmost passion,” comments Editor Lucas Eskin of Cut + Run. “Directing duo the Freise Brothers' commitment to artistic vision is unbending and inspiring. They suggested that we make the piece black-and-white—and fortuitously I had already edited my rough cut that way. Then the RPA creatives said they had thought that too, so the idea was universal. That’s the kind of collaboration this was. During the edit, I had to envision what the explosions would look like and make time for the movie magic that was being created by the VFX team at Jogger. I love being a part of this piece, and it is so inspiring to know that it will be projected on the largest screen this side of the Mississippi.”

In a similar high-contrast style, the print, digital and out-of-home feature edgy, in-your-face portraits of people breaking out in a wide range of facial expressions. These are the exaggerated emotions usually expressed in the safety of a dark theater, but here the joy, sadness, ecstasy and surprise are in full, raw display.


"Funny AND Die"

Starring: Kevin Bacon, Dean Winters, James Purefoy, Sam Underwood, Michael C. Hall and Kyra Sedgwick.

Written by Alexi Hawley

Directed by Marcos Siega

Grumpy Cat Snags New Partners

Last week, the famous feline co-hosted for a day on MTV, appearing between shows with pop star Kat Graham. She also attended the Los Angeles, Calif., premiere of Disney's Cinderella, and headed to SXSW this past weekend in her role as the Friskies cat food brand's official spokescat. Grumpy visited the Haus of Bacon for two days, where pop artist Jason Mecier created a giant bacon statue in her likeness.

Grumpy Cat will also travel to Las Vegas, Nev., in June for Licensing Expo.

Grumpy Cat has also signed a number of new licensing deals for her brand:

American Greetings is planning a greeting card program for the Internet star that will launch in June.

Zynga is developing a Grumpy Cat online slot machine game that will be called "Hit It Rich."

Maud Borup is planning an array of seasonal candy and food gifts. Initial products will launch this fall and will include Grumpy Cat gummies, furball cotton candy, marshmallow pops, cake mix, chocolate novelties and cookie mix.

Chronicle Books is planning a third title to its Grumpy Cat book series that will be released this summer.

To celebrate the release of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment's NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD,

Ben Stiller leads an all-star comedy cast, including Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Rebel Wilson and Ricky Gervais, for one final, fun-filled Night at the Museum. This time, Larry Daley (Stiller) and his heroic friends embark on their greatest adventure yet as they travel to London in order to save the magic that brings the museum exhibits to life!

2015 Nightclub & Bar Award Winners Announced

Nightclub & Bar Media Group is honored to congratulate the 2015 Nightclub & Bar Awards Winners! After receiving hundreds of qualified nominations, the annual awards winners are recognized for demonstrating expertise, professionalism and sales success.

As the premier national nightlife awards program dedicated to recognizing and applauding excellence in bar, nightclub and lounge concept development, operations, promotion, innovation and success, the Nightclub & Bar Awards honor both individual winners and establishments, exhibiting excellence in various aspects of the industry.

Nightclub & Bar is 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. Winners are featured on, and will be celebrated during an awards ceremony at the upcoming Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas, March 30 – April 1.

The winners of the 2015 Nightclub & Bar Awards are:

Nightclub Awards:

Dayclub of the Year

Winner: Nikki Beach – Miami, FL

Finalist: Maya Dayclub – Scottsdale, AZ

Lounge of the Year

Winner: The Sayers Club – Los Angeles, CA

Finalist: No. 8 – New York, NY

New Concept of the Year

Winner: E11even – Miami, FL

Finalist: Gilded Lily – New York, NY

Nightclub of the Year

Winner: Exchange LA – Los Angeles, CA

Finalist: Space Ibiza – New York, NY

Promo, Party or Event of the Year

Winner: I Don’t Give a FLUXX – FLUXX Nightclub, San Diego, CA

Finalist: I Love Tuesday’s – Shrine, Mashantucket, CT

Resident DJ of the Year

Winner: DJ Francois K – Cielo, New York NY

Finalist: DJ E-Rock – No. 8, New York, NY

Bar Awards:

Bartender of the Year

Winner: Steve Schneider – Employees Only, New York, NY

Beer Bar of the Year

Winner: Avenue Pub – New Orleans, LA

Finalist: APEX – Portland, OR

Cocktail Bar of the Year

Winner: Employees Only – New York, NY

Finalist: The Zig Zag Café – Seattle, WA

New Concept of the Year

Winner: Proof and Pantry – Dallas, TX

Finalist: Devil’s Acre – San Francisco, CA

Promo, Party or Event of the Year

Winner: Kentucky Derby – I|O Urban Roofscape, Chicago, IL

Finalist: FIVE | TEN – Side Bar, San Diego, CA

Restaurant Bar of the Year

Winner: Linger – Denver, CO

Finalist: Bottlefork – Chicago, IL

Small Wonder Bar of the Year

Winner: The Gibson – Washington, DC

Finalist: The Last Word – Livermore, CA

Sports Bar of the Year

Winner: Spirit of ’77 – Portland, OR

Finalist: Stats – Atlanta, GA

Las Vegas Nightclub Awards:

Nightclub of the Year

Winner: Hakkasan at MGM Grand

Finalist: XS at Encore

Cocktail Bar of the Year

Winner: Alibi Cocktail Lounge at Aria

Finalist: Chandelier Bar at The Cosmopolitan

Dayclub of the Year

Winner: Marquee Dayclub & Dome at The Cosmopolitan

Finalist: Wet Republic at MGM Grand

Lounge of the Year

Winner: Ling Ling Lounge inside Hakkasan at MGM Grand

Finalist: Hyde at Bellagio

New Concept of the Year

Winner: Drai’s at The Cromwell

Finalist: Life at SLS

Promo, Party or Event of the Year

Winner: XS Nightswim at Encore

Finalist: Snoopadellic Cabaret at TAO

Resident DJ of the Year

Winner: DJ VICE – Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan

Finalist: DJ Stellar – Light Nightclub at Mandalay Bay

Restaurant Bar of the Year

Winner: Echo & Rig Butcher and Steakhouse at Tivoli Village


29th AFI FEST to be held November 5–12

AFI FEST presented by Audi officially announced its dates and call for entries today. The American Film Institute's annual celebration of artistic excellence, AFI FEST brings Hollywood icons, emerging artists and audiences together to experience global cinema in the movie capital of the world. The film festival is the only one of its stature that is free to the public. The 29th edition of AFI FEST will take place in Hollywood, California from November 5 through 12, 2015.

AFI FEST will begin accepting submissions on Monday, March 2 for documentary, experimental, feature, narrative and short films at or through The festival's early submission deadline for both short films (under 30 minutes) and feature films is Friday, May 1 and the final submission deadline is Friday, July 24. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category of the Academy Awards. AFI FEST is the only festival in North America with a market partner, the American Film Market.

The 2014 festival hosted 121 films from around the world, including the world premieres of AMERICAN SNIPER, SELMA and A MOST VIOLENT YEAR. A special Tribute honoring Sophia Loren's illustrious career was held at the Dolby Theatre with a special screening of the 50th anniversary of her Academy Award-nominated role in MARRIAGE ITALIAN STYLE [MATRIMONIO ALL'ITALIANA] (DIR Vittorio De Sica, 1964). Conversations on the craft of acting, with Michael Keaton and Edward Norton, and cinematography, with Roger Deakins, rounded out the programming. Guests at the festival included Steve Carell, J.C. Chandor, Jessica Chastain, Damien Chazelle, Marion Cotillard, Ava DuVernay, Clint Eastwood, Jake Gyllenhaal, Oscar Isaac, Tommy Lee Jones, Julianne Moore, David Oyelowo, Joaquin Phoenix, Kristen Stewart, Hilary Swank, Tilda Swinton, Mark Wahlberg and Oprah Winfrey.

AFI FEST 2014 brought filmmakers from all over the world to present their films to the city's film lovers, including directors Bertrand Bonello (SAINT LAURENT, France); Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne (TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT, Belgium); Xavier Dolan (MOMMY, Canada); Shlomi Elkabetz (GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM, Israel); Abderrahmane Sissako (Oscar®-nominated TIMBUKTU, Mauritania); Damián Szifrón (Oscar-nominated WILD TALES, Argentina); Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado (THE SALT OF THE EARTH, France); Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy (THE TRIBE, Ukraine); and Andrey Zvyagintsev (Oscar®-nominated LEVIATHAN, Russia).

Filmmakers can e-mail or call 866.AFI.FEST FREE for more information about the submissions process.

UP FOR AUCTION RIGHT NOW! Stana Katic From ABC's CASTLE Auctions Off A Meet and Greet For Her Alternative Travel Project

A meet and greet with Stana Katic is currently on the auction block right here with all proceeds going to benefit her non-profit organization The Alternative Travel Project. The Alternative Travel Project is a global initiative to encourage people to GOcarFREE for just one day. ATP aims to create a worldwide community of people looking to enjoy the social, health and environmental benefits of car-free travel.

The auction which is taking place right now features other items including:

Seamus Dever from Castle will take you as his date (or as his buddy) for a whisky pairing dinner led by whisky author Robert L. Gard.

A morning hike with Penny Johnson Jerald from Castle.

A dinner with Jon Huertas from Castle.

The shirt Stana Katic wore in her final Castle screen test that Nathan Fillion himself tailored with scissors.

A Duran Duran concert ticket signed by Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic from Castle.

Stana Katic's "Beckett" chair back from the set of Castle.

A Bellatrix LeStrange wanted poster from ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ signed by the enigmatic Helena Bonham Carter especially for the Alternative Travel Project.

An "Into The Woods" gift pack which includes, a Johnny Depp signed coffee thermos also a signed soundtrack and poster by Director Rob Marshall & Producer John DeLuca

For more information about the Alternative Travel Project, please visit

The full auction can be viewed here,