Grab Your Squad:Topgolf Las Vegas Opens May 19
Topgolf Las Vegas opens its doors to locals, tourists, golfers and non-golfers alike Thursday, May 19, at 8 a.m., bringing the city a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience.
Sitting on eight acres just behind MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Topgolf is the only entertainment venue of its kind, boasting 108 climate-controlled hitting bays, two pools, cabanas, a concert venue, VIP suites, five bars, special event spaces, a comfort food-inspired menu with creative beverage offerings, a Callaway Fitting Studio, a Topgolf retail shop, and more. Spanning four levels and 105,000 square feet, the Topgolf flagship location in Las Vegas stands as the biggest Topgolf venue to date.
At the heart of Topgolf, guests will find interactive golf games in the hitting bays that can host up to six players at one time, featuring lounge-style seating and HDTVs. Golf games can be enjoyed by all ages and skill levels, tracking the accuracy and distance of players’ shots through Topgolf’s microchipped golf balls.
Each level at Topgolf Las Vegas boasts additional areas to play from cornhole and shuffleboard to everything in between as well as various seating areas to hang out, have a cocktail or grab a bite to eat and enjoy the multiple views around the Las Vegas valley and the famed Las Vegas Strip. A mobile Sports Book located in The Yard, the main hub of Topgolf Las Vegas, allows sports fans to place a bet while taking in all the action on one of the venue’s numerous oversized screens. The Yard also serves as home to Topgolf’s main entertainment venue showcasing both national acts and local. The Birdie Bar provides a more intimate live entertainment experience with a small stage perfect for acoustic performances, standup comedy and more.
The venue is expected to serve upward of one million guests in its first year of operation and has already created more than 850 full- and part-time positions. It operates Sunday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 a.m. Bay pricing starts at $30 per hour for up to six players and varies depending on bay location and time of day.
General admittance into Topgolf is free of charge. For cabana and VIP reservations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Topgolf Las Vegas is located at 4627 Koval Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89109. For more information about Topgolf, visit www.topgolf.com/lasvegas, facebook.com/topgolflasvegas or @topgolflasvegas on Twitter and Instagram.
Topgolf is a global sports entertainment community creating the best times of your life, with 24 locations serving 8 million guests annually. Players hit golf balls containing computer microchips that track each shot’s accuracy and distance while awarding points for hitting targets on the outfield. Each venue offers an upscale and playful experience, featuring an impressive food and beverage menu, music, games, climate-controlled hitting bays, and hundreds of HDTVs. Topgolf also brings fun, interactive experiences to the community through its Topgolf U lessons, leagues, tournaments, KidZone parties, and social and corporate events. To learn more about Topgolf, follow @Topgolf or visit www.topgolf.com.
Pictures from the Media/VIP preview on Tuesday, May 17
Universal Studios Hollywood Unveils a First-Look, Making-of-Video at “The Walking Dead” Attraction Based on AMC’s Record-Breaking TV Series and Announces its Official Opening Date of Monday, July 4
Universal Studios Hollywood reveals a behind-the-scenes look into the making of its new permanent walk-through attraction based on AMC’s record-breaking television series, “The Walking Dead,” and announces that the eagerly-awaited experience will debut on Monday, July 4, 2016. The captivating two-minute video features insightful commentary from Greg Nicotero, executive producer and director of “The Walking Dead” as he tours his LA-based special effects studio, KNB Efx, which is responsible for masterfully creating the show’s—and now the attraction’s—realistic decaying walkers.
“After six years of working on ‘The Walking Dead,’ we have a great opportunity to take ‘The Walking Dead’ out of the studio, off the soundstage and into an attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood where guests can come face-to-face with walkers,” said Greg Nicotero.
He continued, “It’s very exciting to be able to make the attraction as 100 percent authentic as possible. We’re getting the chance to utilize molds that were created specifically for the show and translate them into parts of the attraction. We’re creating animatronic walkers that guests will be able to see…it’s never been done before….it’s one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art….and I can’t wait.”
Universal Studios Hollywood has worked collaboratively with AMC’s “The Walking Dead” for years as a signature “Halloween Horror Nights” maze. This newly enhanced venture will take the highly sought-after experience from a seasonal, limited time offering to an exciting 365-day opportunity, raising the bar for themed walk-through attractions.
To ensure authenticity of the attraction, Universal Studios Hollywood is partnering with “The Walking Dead’s” creative team, including Greg Nicotero and KNB Efx to develop prosthetics, utilize original molds and painstakingly apply paint and detailing to attraction walkers. The integral involvement of the creative team will not only inspire the emotional connection fans experience, it will be among the attraction’s key distinguishing characteristics that will define it as a living representation of the show. Coupled with authentic walker make-up effects, sophisticated animatronic walkers, substantially more detailed set design and costuming, and highly recognizable props replicated from the series, “The Walking Dead” attraction will deliver an uncompromised realistic environment that brings guests even further into the most watched show in cable television history.
The “The Walking Dead” attraction will be located within an entirely new, custom built structure, situated within an expansive building complex just inside the theme park’s main entry. Due to the intense nature of this experience, the attraction is not recommended for guests under the age of 13.
The past five years have been a remarkable time for Universal Studios Hollywood as the destination embarked on an unprecedented revitalization that has substantially altered over 75 percent of its familiar footprint to effectively characterize it as an entirely new theme park experience. The introduction of the all-new “The Walking Dead” attraction continues the theme park’s unparalleled investment in its ambitious epic transformation.
AMC’s “The Walking Dead” depicts the story of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by hordes of terrifying flesh-eating walkers. It is the #1 show on television among adults 18-49 for the last four years and will debut its seventh season this October.
More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.
The Dream Flight"
The Refined Agency, Raw Fitness, and Cirrus Aviation joined forces on Saturday, May 14, 2016 to present "The Dream Flight”, a gathering of local influencers benefiting Nevada Partnership For Homeless Youth and Miracle Flights at the Atlantic Aviation Executive Terminal, Cirrus Aviation Aircraft Hangar.
The event featured live musical performances, celebrity appearances, open bar and a variety of food presented by local chefs and restaurants. Each event attendee received a complimentary drawing entry to win a seat on The Dream Flight, a private jet west coast foodie tour traveling from Las Vegas to San Francisco, CA and Seattle, WA on June 2nd-5th, 2016. Proceeds from the event will be given to benefit Nevada Partnership For Homeless Youth's 4969 Retrofit Project.
A donation of funding will also be given to Miracle Flights.The event was hosted by Brett Raymer from "Tanked" and NBC’s Jessica Moore.
Insomniac and eBay for Charity Reveal Over-the-Top Artist Experiences Now Available for Bidding During EDC Week Charity Auction
Insomniac, the producers behind Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), in partnership with eBay for Charity, has released the second wave of EDC Week Charity Auction prizes, featuring an unparalleled list of artist-related experiences for Headliners to bid on now through Thursday, May 12 at 12 a.m. (PDT), at Ebay.com/Insomniac. The second annual EDC Week Charity Auction, which went live on Wednesday, April 27, offers fans the chance to experience EDC Las Vegas like never before, with some of the biggest artist names in dance music. Beginning today, Headliners from around the world can celebrate EDC’s return to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, June 17 – 19, and bid on once-in-a-lifetime experiences with artists such as Kaskade, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, A-Trak, Dada Life, UMEK, Oliver Heldens, Marshmello and many more.
North America’s largest dance music festival celebrates “20 Years Under the Electric Sky” by giving fans the opportunity to bid on priceless experiences at Ebay.com/Insomniac, with most bids starting at just $0.99. Insomniac will donate 100 percent of funds raised from the EDC Week Charity Auction to The Shade Tree, a local nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of women, children and their pets affected by domestic violence and crisis in the Las Vegas valley.
Artist auction items includes:
Dreamstate Come True: Dine with Paul Oakenfold: One winner and three friends will have dinner with legendary artist Paul Oakenfold at TAO, accompanied by weekend tickets to EDC Las Vegas and backstage access for an epic night of trance at the Las Vegas debut of Dreamstate.
Indoor Skydiving with Gareth Emery: Get weightless with Gareth Emery at Vegas Indoor Skydiving on the Strip. You and a friend will enjoy a one-hour session with the producer prior to his set at EDC Las Vegas.
Breakfast of Champions with Yellow Claw: You and a friend will enjoy a meet-and-greet breakfast at Encore with trap trio Yellow Claw during EDC weekend.
Jet to EDC Las Vegas with LUMBERJVCK: Jump on a flight Thursday, June 16, and enjoy a round-trip private flight with LUMBERJVCK and his team to Las Vegas and return to Orange County on Monday, June 20. The package also includes a signed LUMBERJVCK merch package.
Pizza Making with Zomboy: One lucky, pizza-loving Headliner will get to join Zomboy at ARIA Resort & Casino’s Five50 Pizza Bar on the Strip, prior to his set at EDC Las Vegas, to make and eat your own pizza.
Hardwell Meet & Greet at EDC Las Vegas: One Headliner and a lucky friend will have the opportunity for a private meet-and-greet with Hardwell backstage at EDC Las Vegas.
DJ Lesson with A-Trak: Want to hone your DJ skills and hang out with acclaimed DJ/producer and Fool's Gold label head A-Trak? One winner will have the chance for an exclusive two-hour lesson on the decks with A-Trak.
GTA Hangout at ARIA Resort & Casino: Grab three friends, and enjoy a special VIP experience with GTA during EDC Las Vegas. First, meet up at ARIA Resort & Casino, and start off the night with a poolside hang. Then, accompany the guys to their show at Liquid, join them in the DJ booth for a photo op, and hang out in a daybed right in front of the booth.
Backstage and B2B with UMEK at EDC Las Vegas: In this one-of-a-kind b2b experience, one winner will be able to live-mix a track onstage with UMEK at EDC Las Vegas after hanging out with him backstage. Rusty skills? Don't worry—he’s there to help.
Beer Pong with W&W Backstage at EDC Las Vegas: Do the Dutch even play beer pong? You're about to find out. Grab your best game partner, and test your skills against the gents of W&W during EDC Las Vegas.
Andrew Rayel Ultimate Marquee Nightclub Experience: On Friday, June 17, during Andrew Rayel’s EDC Week set at Marquee Nightclub, one lucky Headliner and five friends can enjoy a VIP balcony and production experience tour of the A/V booth, plus a meet-and-greet with the production director and photos with Marquee’s specialty performers. The winner will also receive one complimentary table, including $1,000 food & beverage credit and six swag bags upon arrival.
Zip Lining with Dada Life: One winner and a friend will get the Fremont Street Experience while zipping over Downtown Las Vegas with Dada Life, followed by a celebratory champagne toast with the duo. Banana suits are optional.
Jauz Ultimate Marquee Dayclub Experience: One winner and five friends can enjoy a meet-and-greet with artist Jauz on Thursday, June 16, during his EDC Week performance. In addition, winners will receive one complimentary daybed at Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, plus $1,000 food & beverage credit and six swag bags upon arrival.
Martin Garrix Pizza Meet & Greet at EDC Las Vegas: You and a friend will have the opportunity for a private meet-and-greet and pizza party with Martin Garrix backstage before his set at EDC Las Vegas 2016.
Studio Master Class with Oliver Heldens: Want to hone your production skills and hang out with acclaimed Dutch artist Oliver Heldens? One winner will receive a private two-hour studio lesson with Heldens.
EDC Las Vegas Helicopter Tour with Andy C: Take a helicopter ride, courtesy of Maverick Helicopters, with drum and bass pioneer and RAM Records cofounder Andy C, and get the ultimate owl's-eye view of the Speedway during EDC.
Hang Out With Kaskade on an EDC Las Vegas Art Car: You and your five festie besties will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a short spin on an EDC art car with Kaskade.
Thomas Jack Ultimate TAO Beach Experience: One winner and five friends can enjoy a meet-and-greet with artist Thomas Jack on Thursday, June 16.Throughout the day, the winner will have access to a complimentary daybed at TAO Beach at the Venetian, plus $1,000 food & beverage credit and six swag bags upon arrival.
Skydive with Party Favor: One lucky fan will get to hang out and then jump out of a plane with Party Favor. The instructors at Vegas Extreme Diving will take pictures and video of your skydive.
Exotics Racing With Marshmello: If you’re a fan of both Marshmello and exotic race cars, this package has your name all over it. Receive one-on-one coaching from a professional Exotics Racing instructor before going head-to-head with the artist for five laps as you learn what it feels like to drive a supercar on a racetrack.
A full list of auction items can be viewed at Ebay.com/Insomniac. For more information about Insomniac’s charitable giving initiative and EDC Week Charity Auction, view the auction trailer here.
LEGENDARY CHEFS CELEBRATE THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF VEGAS UNCORK’D BY BON APPÉTIT WITH A BURST OF MIONETTO PROSECCO AT THE SABER OFF
World-renowned chefs from Caesars Palace, The Cromwell,The Venetian and The Palazzo came together to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit as celebrated chef Daniel Boulud sabers a magnum of Mionetto Prosecco in a traditional ceremony honoring the start of the festival. Following the kick off, Daniel Boulud lead the crowd in a ceremonial toast and cake presentation set against the backdrop of The Venetian’s Doge’s Palace Piazza to commemorate a truly unique culinary experience.
Attending chefs and special guests included: Daniel Boulud, Emeril Lagasse, Kim Canteenwalla and Olivier Dubreuil of The Venetian and The Palazzo, François Payard, Frank Pellegrino Jr., Guy Savoy, Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger of Caesars Palace, Adam Rapoport, Editor in Chief, Bon Appétit, Pamela Drucker Mann, Publisher & Chief Revenue Office, Bon Appétit & Epicurious, Cathy Tull, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Enore Ceola, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Mionetto USA
This years Grand Tasting at the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace featured more than 50 award-winning chefs and over 100 premium wines and spirits curated by Southern Wine & Spirits from around the world. Additionally, iconic chef Wolfgang Puck was presented with the first ever Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing him as an industry trailblazer who set the precedent for fine dining in Las Vegas. His restaurant, Spago, was the first of its kind and helped to root what has grown into a dense culinary landscape in Vegas.
Other chefs and special guests included: Adam Rapoport, Editor in Chief, Bon Appétit, Pamela Drucker Mann, Publisher & Chief Revenue Officer Bon Appétit & Epicurious Cathy Tull, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Olivier Dubreuil from The Venetian and The Palazzo,Giada De Laurentiis from The Cromwell, Gordon Ramsay, Wolfgang Puck, Nobu Matsuhisa, Guy Savoy, François Payard, Frankie Pellegrino, Jr., Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger, Steve Martorano, Greg and Marc Sherry and others from Caesars Palace just to name a few.
Gordon Ramsay, Guy Savoy and Francois Payard Star in Caesars Palace’s Chefs of the Gods
In celebration of Caesars Palace’s 50th Golden Anniversary, the iconic resort hosted a once-in-a-lifetime culinary event, starring Michelin-starred chefs, Gordon Ramsay and Guy Savoy with a special appearance by Francois Payard. Guests were able to watch the dishes beeing created, and also tasted the dishes.
MICHAEL B. JORDAN TO RECEIVE RAINMAKER AWARD AT 2016 MAUI FILM FESTIVAL AT WAILEA
Michael B. Jordan will be the recipient of the 2016 Maui Film Festival Rainmaker Award, it was announced by Barry Rivers, founder and director of the festival, which will be held, and celebrate its 17th annual event from June 15-19, 2016, at the Wailea Resort in Maui. The Rainmaker Award honors a film artist for having the mysteriously magical ability to profoundly and positively impact the creative dynamics of every project they are involved in both on the set and on the screen. The award will be presented at the Celestial Cinema located at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course on Thursday, June 16th. Tickets and passes are available at
WSWA 73rd Annual Convention & Exposition
Las Vegas celebrates the business of beverage and welcomes the return of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention and Exposition to Caesars Palace bringing together the top talent in the wine and spirits industry. This year’s convention featured a series of exciting speakers and special events, including the introductory keynote speech by renowned journalist David Gregory; tasting competitions and events; hospitality suites; and more.
Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting with special guest: Christie Brinkley introducing her Bellissima Organic Prosecco.
Also on hand special guest Channing Tatum introducing Born and Bred Vodka.
This year, WSWA recognized two industry giants: Tito Beveridge and Larry Ruvo. The WSWA Educational Foundation presented Tito Beveridge, founder of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, with the Sidney Frank Award, given annually to a person who has made exceptional industry contributions in addition to noteworthy philanthropy and community service. The award is named for Sidney Frank, a leading innovator who built a number of successful brands and an extraordinary philanthropist.
WSWA also presented the Lifetime Leadership Award to Larry Ruvo, senior managing director of Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada and a 40-year veteran of the industry.
At the Television Luncheon, Chuck Lorre, legendary creator of broadcast hits “The Big Bang Theory,” “Mom,” and “Two and a Half Men” and executive producer and co-creator of “Mike & Molly” was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Film, television, and stage actress Keke Palmer received the TV Chairman’s Award, which recognizes individuals for their significant achievements in one or more specific disciplines in television.
NAB SHOW ATTENDANCE TOPS 103,000
The National Association of Broadcasters announced preliminary registered attendance of 103,012 for the 2016 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 1,874 companies spanning 1,063,380 net square feet of exhibit space.
TOTAL REGISTERED ATTENDEES: 103,012
INTERNATIONAL ATTENDEES: 26,893
COUNTRIES REPRESENTED: 187
NEWS MEDIA ATTENDEES: 1,608
The 2015 NAB Show final attendance was 103,119 with 26,319 international attendees. Total exhibit space was 1,013,554 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.
2016 Big Screen Achievement Awards is hosted by Liz Hernandez from Access Hollywood.
Here is a list of the winners:
Female Star of Tomorrow — Gina Rodriguez
Male Star of Tomorrow — Stephen Arnell
Breakthrough Director of the Year — Nate Parker
Comedy Stars of the Year — Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick & Adam Devine
Producer of the Year — Jason Blum
Cinema Icon Award — Susan Sarandon
Rising Star of the Year — Jack Huston
CinemaCon Vanguard Award — Keanu Reeves
Breakthrough Performer of the Year — Dave Franco
Award of Excellence in Acting — Bryce Dallas Howard
Ensemble of the Universe Award — The Cast of INDEPENDENCE DAY: Resurgence
Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Maika Monroe, Jessie Usher, Sela Ward and Vivica A. Fox
Male Star of the Year — Jesse Eisenberg
Female Stars of the Year — Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Christina Applegate and Annie Mumolo
BUBBLE-LICIOUS Kicked OFF 42nd ANNUAL UNLVINO AT THE VENETIAN ON THURSDAY, APRIL 14
Champagne, award-winning cuisine and entertainment by HUMAN NATURE took center stage to celebrate honoree Robert G. Goldstein during Bubble-Licious.
The evening honored Robert G. Goldstein, president and chief operating officer of Las Vegas Sands, highlight cuisine from award-winning restaurants at The Venetian and Palazzo, and guests were treated to a performance by HUMAN NATURE. During the event, sommeliers from Southern Wine & Spirits and representatives from UNLV celebrated with its signature 21 Cork Salute with bottles of Dom Pérignon.
Bubble-Licious recognized Goldstein with the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence. This prestigious honor is given to those who have distinguished themselves and set an example through their inspirational leadership, character and work ethic in the hospitality industry. Joining Las Vegas Sands during the planning phases of The Venetian, Goldstein is responsible for shaping the property’s identity and attracting the top retailers, restauranteurs and leading leisure attractions.
UNLVino re-introduces the popular Sake Fever with an exciting new twist, melding the best of the East and West at the Red Rock’ Hotel & Casino. The evening showcased Vegas’ mixology scene, an extensive selection of sakes, plus Japanese and American cuisine from some of the city’s favorite restaurants.
This years Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence honoree is: Brian Massie, Corporate Executive Chef and Partner for Clique Hospitality.
UNLVino’s Grand Tasting delighted guests with an unrivaled collection of premium beverages and a fresh entertainment lineup. Delectable cuisine from UNLV’s culinary students and celebrated Vegas restaurants.
This years Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence honoree is: Jan Jones Blackhurst Executive Vice President – Government Relations and Corporate Responsibility Caesars Entertainment.
Vice President Joe Biden and Lady Gaga hosted UNLV Sexual Assault Rally "It's On US"
Part of the national "It's On Us Week of Action when students around the country will host events on their campuses to engage college students and all members of campus communities in preventing sexual assault and supporting survivors of sexual assault.
The Park Grand Opening Las Vegas
On Monday April 4th CEO Jim Murren, Governor Brian Sandoval, Clark County Commissioner Mary Beth Scow, and Southern Nevada Water Authority General Manager John J. Entsminger kicked off the Park’s debut with a news conference and ribbon cutting in Las Vegas.
The new park runs from the Las Vegas Strip to the new T-Mobile Arena and features a variety of restaurants: Bruxie, a waffle restaurant; Sake Rok, a Japanese restaurant; California Pizza Kitchen and the Beerhaus were guests can enjoy indoor as well as outdoor dining.
Another great feature at the park is the Bliss Dance, a 40-foot tall sculpture of a dancing woman created by Marco Cochrane located at the back of the Park toward the arena. The sculpture made its debut at Burning Man in Northern Nevada several years ago and was later located at Treasure Island in San Francisco.
The sculpture, will be lit at night. Also, visitors coming from the boulevard can walk through two walls of running water on their way into the Park.
Au Fudge Hosts Families and Chipmunks for Spring Break!
In celebration of Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip’s Blu-ray™ / DVD release, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment hosted an exclusive ‘Spring Break’ party for families at Au Fudge Restaurant on Melrose in Los Angeles. Guests were treated to meet-and-greets with the Chipmunks, face painting, kids’ crafts, a photo booth as well as delicious Au Fudge treats and a private screening of the film!
Among attendees were Beverly Hills 90210 co-stars Tori Spelling and Ian Ziering, entertainment host Samantha Harris and actor Sean Patrick Thomas with their families to name a few.
Au Fudge is Jessica Biel’s new eatery catering to kids as a “Community Clubhouse” in West Hollywood with a playroom, au pairs and Cal-French cuisine.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip stars Jason Lee, Justin Long, Tony Hale, Anna Farris, Kaley Cuoco, Christina Applegate, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Bella Thorne. The film is currently available on Digital HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD.
CHAZZ PALMINTERI OPENS NIGHTCLUB & BAR SHOW EXPO HALL WITH OFFICIAL RIBBON CUTTING
Chazz Palminteri, Academy Award nominated actor, screenwriter, producer and partner of BiVi Vodka officially opened the expo hall at the 2016 Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show with a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, March 8, 2016.
“BiVi Vodka has become my passion and I am thrilled to showcase it at the industry’s largest annual bar and nightlife trade show,” remarked Palminteri.
Made from the finest Italian ingredients including Sicilian semolina wheat and the pristine water of the island of Sicily, Palminteri has launched one of the newest handcrafted vodka brands, BiVi Vodka. The name of the vodka, BiVi, means “to drink” in Sicilian and will be the first vodka ever produced in Sicily and brought to America. To create the exclusive BiVi experience, the ingredients are masterly handcrafted at an artisan distillery by Maestro Distillatore Giovanni La Fauci.
“This year, we wanted to make our ribbon cutting special, and what better way to do that than by having actor, producer, screenwriter and partner of the new vodka brand, BiVi Vodka, Chazz Palminteri,” said Kristen Santoro, Nightclub & Bar Media Group conference and content director. “With his launch of BiVi Vodka, it was a great fit with the show and opportunity to introduce his exciting new brand to the industry.”
Other attendees included: Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman who presented the official proclamation, Oscar Goodman, Cat Cora, Ron White, Alex Reymundo, Haley and Emily Ferguson, Cast members from the Chippendales, and more.
About Nightclub & Bar Media Group
Nightclub & Bar Media Group, a division of Boston, MA based Questex LLC, is the go-to resource for the on-premise professional. Mirroring the fast-paced, trend-setting nature of the beverage industry, Nightclub & Bar has been providing the specific tools bar professionals, owners and managers need to grow their businesses, compete, and succeed in this hyper-competitive and dynamic industry for over 30 years. Nightclub & Bar Media Group produces the Nightclub & Bar Show (www.ncbshow.com), VIBE Conference (vibeconference.com/), Nightclub & Bar Top Rated Lists (www.nightclub.com/category/ncb/scene/top-rated), Nightclub & Bar Awards, and produces daily content on www.nightclub.com.
2016 International Pizza Expo showcases bakers, pie tossers, dough stretchers
More than 10,000 pizza makers, ingredient providers, pizzeria workers attended the 2016 International Pizza Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the tastiest trade shows on the city’s convention calendar.
Pizza Expo attendees spend three days exploring sauce recipes, high-tech point-of-sale systems, a food bazaar of pizza toppings, competitions, seminars, panel discussions and pizzeria menu demonstrations and more during the event.
The Pizza Expo featured a variety of series of competitions to find the fastest pizza box assemblers, bakers, pie tossers and dough stretchers. The expo is also a learning experience. Dozens of seminars, panel discussions and guest speakers are addressing employee training techniques, digital marketing strategies and the future of the pizza industry.
Pizza restaurant industry revenues: an estimated $43 billion in annual sales.
The 88th Academy Awards were held Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. "Mad Max" picked up six awards, while "Spotlight" took Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. "The Revenant" took three awards, including Best Actor, Best Director and Best Cinematography.
The winners are:
Best Picture: "Spotlight"
Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant"
Best Actress: Brie Larson, "Room"
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, "Bridge of Spies"
Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, "The Danish Girl"
Best Director: Alejandro Iñárritu, "The Revenant"
Best Original Screenplay: "Spotlight" by Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy
Best Adapted Screenplay:"The Big Short" by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
Best Cinematography: "The Revenant," Emmanuel Lubezki
Best Original Song:"Writing's On The Wall" from "Spectre," Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith
Best Original Score: "The Hateful Eight," Ennio Morricone
Best Sound Editing:"Mad Max: Fury Road," Mark Mangini and David White
Best Sound Mixing:"Mad Max: Fury Road," Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo
Best Film Editing: "Mad Max: Fury Road," Margaret Sixel
Best Costume Design: "Mad Max," Jenny Beavan
Best Production Design:"Mad Max: Fury Road," Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson
Best Foreign Language Film:"Son of Saul," Hungary
Best Live Action Short Film:"Stutterer," Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage
Best Animated Feature Film: "Inside Out"
Best Animated Short Film: "Bear Story," Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala
Best Documentary Feature: "Amy," Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees
Best Documentary Short Subject: "A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness," Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Best Makeup and Hairstyling:"Mad Max: Fury Road," Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin
Best Visual Effects: "Ex Machina," Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett
2016 PRE-OSCAR DINNER
Held Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Montage Hotel Beverly Hills
Attendess included: Alyssa Milano, Andie MacDowell, Ashley Tisdale, Bryan Cranston, Carter Burwell (Composer, CAROL), Cat Sadler, Chanel Iman, Chrissy Teigen, Christine Vachon (Producer, CAROL), Christoph Waltz, Colin Firth, David Foster, Derek Hough, Ed Lachman (Cinematographer, CAROL), Dianne Warren, Elizabeth Karlsen (Producer, CAROL), Ennio Morricone (Composer, THE HATEFUL EIGHT), Georgina Chapman, Harvey Weinstein, Jaime King, Jared Leto, Jasmine Tookes, Joe Zee, John Legend, Justin Flom, Kayte Grammer, Kelsey Grammer, Kerry Washington, Kirby Dick (Director, THE HUNTING GROUND), Lady Gaga, Lana Del Rey, Lewis Hamilton, Livia Firth, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Martha Hunt, Peta Murgatroyd, Matthew Morrison, Naomie Campbell, Nick Jonas, Petra Nemcova, Phyllis Nagy (Writer, CAROL), Roger Federer, Rooney Mara, Sandy Powell (Costume Designer, CAROL), Shannon McIntosh (Producer, THE HATEFUL EIGHT), Stacey Sher (Producer, THE HATEFUL EIGHT) Stephen Woolly (Producer, CAROL), Todd Haynes (Director, CAROL), Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Zac Posen, Zendaya
Madison & Mulholland’s 2016 Awards Season Gift Bag
Madison & Mulholland—(MadisonMulholland.com) a leader in celebrity gifting since 2002—is proud to present the talented A-list women in Hollywood with the Madison & Mulholland’s 2016 Awards Season Gift Bag. Inspired by their courageous film and television work, this 2016 Award Season’s gift bag is filled with items from small business owners across the USA and abroad. These entrepreneurs have taken risks and created their own paths, all while giving back to their community. We are proud to be their partner!
This 2016 Awards Season Gift Bag is valued at $22K+—will be auctioned off on eBay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/281940056999 ) to raise money for the Noreen Fraser Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for breakthrough research that advances precision medicine for the prevention and treatment of women’s cancers.
What’s in the bag?
Product: From the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority comes Antigua’s most luxurious resorts: The hip & trendy boutique, Sugar Ridge Resort; The five star oceanfront resort - Curtain Bluff, and the exquisite Galley Bay Resort & Spa. From Panama, Los Establos Boutique Inn Luxurious accommodations at the best resorts in Antigua.
Description: Travel Deluxe Vacation 4 nights/5days (no airfare)
Retail Value: $5000+ (Gift Certificate, non-transferable)
2. AstrologyZone Calendar
Description: Susan Miller's AstrologyZone Wall & Pocket Calendar- The Year Ahead 2016
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3. Avion Tequila
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3. Bliss FabGirl
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4. Buco Handbags
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Product: No heat hair curlers
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7. Dr. Debra Jaliman Dermatology NYC
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Description: Gentle Cleanser is a non-irritating, creamy cleanser that nourishes and hydrates as it removes dirt, oil, impurities, pollutants and all traces of makeup. With one use of Gentle Cleanser, your skin will feel noticeably softer and smoother. Rapid Eye Lift contains "Sea Elixir," a potent antioxidant formulated
Retail Value: $1200 (with Gift Certificate)
8. Deux Lux
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Product: Fabletics, co-founded by Kate Hudson, offers fashion athletic wear for the gym and beyond.
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10. Gigs Headphones
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11. The Hotel Card
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Retail Value: $5000
12. Infinity Headbands
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13. James Cox Knits
Product: Bobby Gym Socks are playful and fun and a signature of this new knitting brand
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14. Jim Kelly Tee Time Golf Card
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Retail Value: $5000
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26. Powell & Mahoney Craft Cocktail Mixers
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32. Vogue Knitting Magazine
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DISTINCTIVE ASSETS ONCE AGAIN DELIGHT PRESENTERS & PERFORMERS WITH FABULOUS GIFTS BACKSTAGE AT THE 58th ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS PRESENTED BY TOOLS BY GINA
The GRAMMY Gift Lounge was open to presenters and performers during three full days of rehearsals at STAPLES Center. This year’s gift lounge was presented by TOOLS BY GINA and featured pure infrared professional blow dryers and flat irons from hair expert Gina Rivera. Other Lounge offerings included Phillip Ashley Chocolates’ Luxe Collection,
chic Belldini apparel, the ultimate fitness package from Fit Club TV: Live in Fitness retreat + Fit Culture Threads designer workout apparel + Fit Culture Fuel health & performance supplements, Flos Floris snap back hats,
the hottest designer sunglasses from Marchon, custom cocktails & mixology from The Natural Mixologist, NOON VR headsets, SCUF Gaming Infinity 1 professional customized controllers and accessories, SIS by Simone I. Smith jewelry + FOCUS for Men bracelets by Simone I. Smith, Trespass performance clothing and truth Treats for pets along with truth x Vans by Kevin Lyons one-of-a-kind sneakers that encourage everyone to use their voices and creativity to end smoking for good.>/p>
Distinctive Assets was once again joined by seasoned event producer Pam Morrison who oversaw all elements of Lounge design, set up and décor; décor to be provided courtesy of Koi Interiors, a design firm which transforms space into art.
Talent also walked away with a preassembled GRAMMY Gift Bag which included items from Accept Me Philanthropic Fashion, Adopted NYC, Age Interventionist by Renee Lynn, Big Cat Rescue, Donna Bell’s Bake Shop, Dutton (an imprint of Penguin Random House), Farm Wife Style, Foxwise Jewelry, Garden of Life, Golden Door, GoSmile Dental Pro, Green Gorilla, Healing Saint by Dr. Jane 360, Herb & Lou’s, Hydroxycut Black, Hyperbiotics PRO-15 and PRO_Dental, Jewels By Durrani, KryoLife, Lat & Lo, Love Your Locks Extensions, Mission1 Clean Protein Bar, MONQ Therapeutic Air, Music Connection, Neuro Drinks, Novelty Premium Illuminated Water, NW 58th St., Patina Restaurant Group, Peggy Moffitt Athleisure, PEOPLE Yearbook, Phillip Ashley Chocolates, Planes of Fame, Pooch Selfie, Purely Inspired Organic Protein, Joey Kramer’s Rockin’ & Roastin’ Coffee, Sedona Lace, Slice Lab, Slimware, SOOS Pets, Soothe, St. Heleine Candles, Sticky Heelz, Sundial Powder Coating, Tribute, Wraps, YOOT Tea, Zekkle and 740 Park MD.
About Distinctive Assets
Established in 1999, Distinctive Assets has produced gift bags and backstage gift lounges for practically every major award show. The firm also provides product placement, product introduction, event production, public relations and branding opportunities within the entertainment industry and beyond.
The 58th Grammy Awards presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences have wrapped up in Los Angeles.
This year's top winners included Taylor Swift, Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar, producer-performer Mark Ronson and Canadian crooner the Weeknd, while Meghan Trainor took home the Grammy for best new artist. The show was hosted by LL Cool J.
The Winners are:
Album of the Year: Taylor Swift, 1989
Record of the Year: Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"
Song of the Year: Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"
Best New Artist: Meghan Trainor
Best Rock Performance: Alabama Shakes, "Don't Wanna Fight"
Best Country Album: Chris Stapleton, Traveller
Best Rap Album: Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
Best Musical Theatre Album: Hamilton
Best Pop Vocal Album: Taylor Swift, 1989
Best Instrumental Composition: Arturo O'Farrill, The Afro Latin Jazz Suite
Best Arrangement, Instrumental Or A Cappella: "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy"
Best Arrangement, Instruments And Vocals: Maria Schneider, "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)"
Best Recording Package: Still The King: Celebrating The Music Of Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys
Best Album Notes: Joni Mitchell, 'Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced'
Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package: The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32)
Best Historical Album: The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Shawn Everett, Bob Ludwig, Sound & Color
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: Dave Audé, "Uptown Funk (Dave Audé Remix)"
Best Surround Sound Album: James Guthrie, Joel Plante, Amused To Death
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Snarky Puppy, Metropole Orkest, Sylva
Best New Age Album: Paul Avgerinos, Grace
Best Improvised Jazz Solo: Christian McBride, "Cherokee"
Best Jazz Vocal Album: Cecile McLorin Salvent, For One To Love
Best Jazz Instrumental Album: John Scofield, Past Present
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Maria Schneider Orchestra, The Thompson Fields
Best Latin Jazz Album: Eliane Elias, Made In Brazil
Best Reggae Album: Morgan Heritage, Strictly Roots
Best World Music Album: Angelique Kidjo, Sings
Best Children’s Album: Tim Kubart, Home
Best Spoken Word Album: Jimmy Carter, A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety
Best Comedy Album: Louis CK, Live At Madison Square Garden
Best Latin Pop Album: Ricky Martin, A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition)
Best Regional Mexican Music Album: Los Tigres Del Norte, Realidades - Deluxe Edition
Best Tropical Latin Album: Ruben Blades with Roberto Delgado & Orchestra, Son De Panamá
Best American Roots Performance: Mavis Staples, See That My Grave Is Kept Clean'
Best American Roots Song: Jason Isbell,"24 Frames"
Best Americana Album: Jason Isbell, Something More Than Free
Best Bluegrass Album: The SteelDrivers, The Muscle Shoals Recordings
Best Blues Album: Buddy Guy, Born To Play Guitar
Best Regional Roots Music Album: Jon Cleary, Go Go Juice
Producer Of The Year, Classical: Judith Sherman
Best Opera Recording: Seiji Ozawa, Isabel Leonard, Dominic Fyfe, "Ravel: L'Enfant Et Les Sortilèges; Shéhérazade"
Best Choral Performance: Charles Bruffy, Phoenix Chorale, Kansas City Chorale, "Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil"
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: Eighth Blackbird, "Filament"
Best Classical Instrumental Solo: Augustin Hadelich, Ludovic Morlot, "Dutilleux: Violin Concerto, L'Arbre Des Songes"
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: Joyce DiDonato, Antonio Pappano, Joyce & Tony - Live From Wigmore Hall
Best Contemporary Classical Composition: Stephen Paulus, "Paulus: Prayers & Remembrances"
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: Joyce DiDonato, Antonio Pappano, Joyce & Tony - Live From Wigmore Hall
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media: Glen Campbell, Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me
Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media: Antonio Sanchez, Birdman
Best Song Written For Visual Media: Common, Rhymefest, John Legend, "Glory"
Best Music Video: Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, "Bad Blood"
Best Music Film: Amy
Best Gospel Performance/Song: Kirk Franklin, "Wanna Be Happy?"
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: Francesca Battistelli, "Holy Spirit"
Best Gospel Album: Israel and Newbreed, Covered: Alive In Asia [Live]
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: Toby Mac, This Is Not A Test
Best Country Solo Performance: Chris Stapleton, Traveller
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Little Big Town, "Girl Crush"
Best Country Solo Performance: Chris Stapleton, Traveller
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Little Big Town, "Girl Crush"
Best Country Song: Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose, "Girl Crush"
Best Dance Recording: Skrillex, Diplo and Justin Bieber - "Where Are Ü Now"
Best Dance/Electronic Album: Skrillex and Diplo, Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü
Best R&B Performance: The Weeknd - "Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)"
Best Traditional R&B Performance: Lalah Hathaway, "Little Ghetto Boy"
Best R&B Song: D'Angelo, Kendra Foster, "Really Love"
Best Urban Contemporary Album: The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness
Best R&B Album: D'Angelo, Black Messiah
Best Metal Performance: Ghost, "Cirice"
Best Rock Song: Alabama Shakes, "Don't Wanna Fight"
Best Rock Album: Muse, Drones
Best Alternative Music Album: Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
Best Rap Performance: Kendrick Lamar, "Alright"
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Kendrick Lamar featuring Bilal, Anna Wise, Thundercat, 'These Walls'
Best Rap Song: Kendrick Lamar, Kawan Prather, Sounwave, Pharrell Williams, "Alright"
Best Pop Solo Performance: Ed Sheeran, "Thinking Out Loud"
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars,"Uptown Funk"
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Tony Bennett, Bill Charlap, The Silver Lining: The Songs Of Jerome Kern
Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical: Jeff Bhasker
On Tuesday, February 9th, Donny & Marie personally unveiled their Madame Tussauds wax figures during their first Las Vegas performance of the new year, the figures debuted on stage inside 'The Donny & Marie Showroom' at Flamingo Las Vegas. After the unveiling, the figures will be permanently on display inside Madame Tussauds Las Vegas located at The Venetian.
Donny Osmond and Marie Osmond's figures are the attraction's first new figures for 2016. The figures were created in late 2015. That was when Madame Tussauds' studio team first measured the brother-sister duo. This step of the process involved collecting hand impressions and nearly 300 precise body and facial measurements per person, as well as comparing hair samples and eye color. For measuring, calipers were utilized to ensure accuracy. The figures were then sculpted and perfected in clay by hand. Once this step was completed, the clay was covered by a plaster cast, subsequently the clay was removed from the cast, the wax was poured in and allowed to cool, leaving the shape of the figures. The final weeks of 2015 were spent meticulously inserting each hair by hand then fitted with acrylic eyes and teeth. The final step included countless layers of tinted paint being applied to build up skin tones and replicate their faces.
The figures will be dressed in costumes from their show. Marie donated her deep aqua sequined knee-length dress, along with earrings and black and blue platform shoes. Donny gave his figure his black suit and shoes. Both of their wedding bands and rings will be replicated for the figures as well.
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'For The Love Of Cocktails’ Grand Gala at Skyfall Lounge in Delano Las Vegas
In partnership with MGM Resorts International, local marketing firm BACK BAR USA hosted this year’s grand gala tasting event on Friday, February 12 at Alain Ducasse’s Skyfall Lounge, located on the 64th floor of Delano Las Vegas. Hundreds of guests sipped on more than two dozen specialty cocktails by world-renowned mixologists including Francesco Lafranconi, as well as mixologists from MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment and Downtown Project properties.
Other highlights included passed bites by Rivea Executive Chef Bruno Riou and live entertainment, all set to backdrop of stunning views of the Las Vegas Strip. The gala concluded with members of BACK BAR USA offering a $20,000 check to Tony Abou-Ganim’s Helen David Relief Fund, a non-profit organization that assists female bartenders in need of breast cancer screening services.
About Back Bar USA
Back Bar USA is a full-service marketing, consulting and design firm with more than 25 years of experience in the beer, wine and spirits industries. Specializing in corporate and national account beverage programs with an emphasis on gaming, resorts, nightlife and fine dining, the company provides services ranging from menu development to ground-up venue concept, design and execution. Back Bar maintains an impressive portfolio of clients and brands. For more information, visit www.BackBarUSA.com.
Outstanding Film and Television Performances Honored at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
The Screen Actors Guild Awards presented its coveted Actor statuettes for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2015 at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® held Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. In a ceremony attended by film and television’s leading actors, the 22nd Annual SAG Awards was simulcast live coast-to-coast by TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT). A primetime encore presentation immediately followed on TNT. In addition, TBS and TNT subscribers were able to watch the SAG Awards live through the networks' websites and mobile apps.
Honored with individual awards were Leonardo DiCaprio, Idris Elba, Brie Larson and Alicia Vikander for performances in motion pictures, and Uzo Aduba, Viola Davis, Idris Elba, Queen Latifah, Kevin Spacey and Jeffrey Tambor for performances in television. The Screen Actors Guild Awards originated awards for the outstanding performances by a motion picture cast and by television drama and comedy ensembles. The Actor for a motion picture cast performance went this year to “Spotlight”, while the Actors for television drama and comedy ensemble performances went this year to “Downton Abbey” and “Orange is the New Black”.
Nominees chosen by their respective SAG Awards film and television nominating committees were announced on Dec. 9, 2015. Information on voting procedures to choose the recipients was sent to the 116,741 active voting members of SAG-AFTRA on Dec. 16. Balloting closed at noon on Friday, Jan. 29. Integrity Voting Systems, the Awards' official election teller, sealed the results until they were announced live during the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Honorees for outstanding television and film stunt ensemble action performances were announced from the red carpet during the SAG Awards Red Carpet Pre-show, hosted this year by People deputy editor of entertainment JD Heyman and entertainment reporter Caroline Moderressy-Tehrani, which was webcast live on sagawards.tntdrama.com, sagawards.org and People.com.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler presented Carol Burnett with the 52nd Life Achievement Award, following a filmed salute to the comedic trailblazer, actor, singer, dancer, producer and author. Susan Sarandon introduced a filmed “In Memoriam” tribute to the SAG-AFTRA members lost during 2015. In keeping with the SAG Awards tradition of highlighting the work of SAG-AFTRA members, SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard introduced a light-hearted look at how the profession of acting has been portrayed in film and television.
PEOPLE magazine and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) hosted the Screen Actors Guild Post-Awards Gala for the 20th year. This exclusive event, which was held immediately following the SAG Awards on a specially extended section of the Shrine Theater, honors the philanthropic causes and good works of the members of SAG-AFTRA. The Gala benefits the SAG-AFTRA Foundation.
The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards presented by SAG-AFTRA with Screen Actors Guild Awards, LLC was produced by Avalon Harbor Productions. For more information about the SAG Awards, SAG-AFTRA, TNT and TBS, visit sagawards.org/about
LA Art Show And Los Angeles Fine Art Show's 2016 Opening Night Premiere Party
The LA Art Show and The Los Angeles Fine Art Show returned to the Los Angeles Convention Center, the LA Arts District hosted the Fabirk Expo, and across town Art Los Angeles Contemporary was held at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica.
The LA Art Show kicked off on Wednesday January 27 with a gala Opening Night Premiere Party hosted by Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman. The evening benefited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and gave guests the opportunity to be the first to view the galleries, plus enjoy beverages and gourmet treats from over 20 select Los Angeles restaurants.
JLo was joined by the cast and crew including Ray Liotta and Drea de Matteo of her new series "Shades of Blue" at NBC's TCA Winter 2016 Press Tour on Wednesday, January 13th in Pasadena, CA.
Shades of Blue is an American police procedural television series created by Adi Hasak. In Shades of Blue Lopez plays an NYPD Detective financially strapped and also a single mother who is part of a group of corrupt New York City detectives. The show opens with a startling confession from her character, Harlee Santos. It then spirals into a nightmare world of wiretaps and deception. When she is caught up in an FBI anti-corruption probe, she must choose between doing the right thing for her daughter or covering up for her corrupt police co-workers. Also starring Ray Liotta as Lieutenant Bill Wozniak, who steps outside the limitations of the law to protect his precinct and Drea de Matteo who portrays Shirley, a tough, outspoken female cop.
The 73rd annual Golden Globes kicked off on Sunday night, with Ricky Gervais returning for a fourth time hosting the annual Golden Globe Awards.
The winners are:
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture - Kate Winslet, "Steve Jobs"
Best Original Score - Ennio Morricone, "The Hateful Eight"
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture/Musical or Comedy - Matt Damon, "The Martian"
Best Motion Picture Animated - "Inside Out"
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture - Sylvester Stallone, "Creed"
Best Screenplay - Motion Picture - Aaron Sorkin, "Steve Jobs"
Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language - "Son of Saul" (Hungary)
Best Original Song - Motion Picture - "Writing's On The Wall," for the film "Spectre"
Best Director - Alejandro González Iñárritu, "The Revenant"
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama - Taraji P. Henson, "Empire"
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy- Jennifer Lawrence, "Joy"
Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - "The Martian"
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture -- Drama - Brie Larson, "Room"
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -- Drama - Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant"
Best Motion Picture - Drama - "The Revenant"
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television - Maura Tierney, "The Affair"
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Rachel Bloom, "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"
Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy - "Mozart in the Jungle"
Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television - "Wolf Hall"
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television - Oscar Isaac, "Show Me a Hero"
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television - Christian Slater, "Mr. Robot"
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama - Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Gael García Bernal, "Mozart in the Jungle"
Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television - Lady Gaga, "American Horror Story: Hotel"
Best Television Series - Drama - "Mr. Robot"
Technology Connects. Industries Collaborate. Innovation Betters the World at CES 2016
Global industry leaders form cross-market relationships at world’s most influential technology event CES 2016 wrapped as the most expansive CES, breaking records across the board and providing unparalleled opportunities for companies big and small to launch innovation to the world market.
More than 3,800 exhibitors unveiled their latest technologies across more than 2.47 million net square feet of exhibit space this week. CES 2016 touched every major global industry and showcased the latest wave of products and technologies that are connecting the world, enhancing lives and solving global challenges. More than 170,000 industry professionals, including more than 50,000 from outside the U.S., were drawn to this high-level business event driving the ever-changing global technology industry.
With more than 6,000 members of the media in attendance, CES 2016 garnered worldwide media coverage. The show also received impressive social media momentum, including 1,278,870 mentions of the #CES2016 hashtag and 15.2 billion total potential social media impressions from January 5-9.
While attendance numbers reached a record high, improvements to show operations enabled attendees to navigate CES 2016 with ease. For the first time, Uber and Lyft were allowed to operate in Las Vegas, increasing transportation options for attendees.
CES will return to Las Vegas Thursday, January 5 through Sunday, January 8, 2017.
Jenny McCarthy and Husband Donnie Wahlburg at the Sirius XM booth conducting a live broadcast at the 2016 CES Las Vegas.