The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas held their First Annual Taste of Hospitality: 20 Years of Changing Lives on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at the Mirage pool. The event featured tastings from premiere restaurants such as Bacchanal Buffet, BurGR, Fleur, Giada - The Restaurant, Gilley's Saloon, Dance Hall & BBQ, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, Gordon Ramsay Steak, Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar, Heritage Steak, Lakeside Seafood, Lemongrass, Nine Fine Irishmen, Olives, Portofino, R Steak & Seafood, Seafood Shack, and Tender Steak & Seafood. Entertainment was provided by top local DJs, including CAPTN20, Karma, Sir Pearce, Ikon, Shift, and Que. Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada provided a full and open bar with craft beer, wine, and cocktails. In addition, a silent auction and raffle offered a variety of items such as art, collectibles, and staycations. www.theculinaryacademy.org.
The Academy presented 20 scholarships to local nonprofit organizations, including the Asian Chamber of Commerce, Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce of Nevada, HELP USA, Latin Chamber of Commerce, Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club, Opportunity Village, The Shade Tree, Three Square Food Bank, and Urban Chamber of Commerce. In the past two decades, the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas has trained more than 40,000 people for successful hospitality careers on the Strip. The nonprofit Academy is dedicated to its vision of reducing poverty and unemployment by providing vocational, customer service, and English language skills to youth, adults, and displaced workers.
The event honored Congressman Steven Horsford; George Seess, chef emeritus; Jim Bonaventure, director of legal affairs, Culinary Union Local 226; Mayumi Camarao, alumna; MGM Resorts International; Nevada Partners, Inc.; and Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada. All proceeds from the event benefit Academy students. Event sponsors included: Grand Platinum - MGM Resorts International; Platinum - Caesars Entertainment Corporation; Gold - Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada; Silver - Blackout Artists, Culinary Union Local 226, Unite Here International, and Wynn Las Vegas; Supporting - Bartenders Union Local 165, Clearinghouse CDFI, L.T. Eventions, Inc., Treasure Island, and US Foods; Individual Highboys - Bank of America, Bank of Nevada, Colavita Olive Oil, Ecolab, Fontanini, Hampton & Associates, HTA International/FC Meyer Packaging, NVHCA Perry Foundation, Riviera Hotel & Casino, Southwest Medical Associates, T-Mobile, Wells Fargo, and WNA.
About Culinary Academy of Las Vegas
Founded in 1993, the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas, the country's leading nonprofit culinary and hospitality training institute, was developed through a joint labor-management trust representing private sector employers, the Culinary Union Local 226 and the Bartenders Union Local 165. The Academy is licensed by the Nevada Commission on Post-Secondary Education and trains several thousand students per year for participating employers in the hospitality industry. Offerings include a 50-seat bistro-style restaurant, Westside Bistro, and a 400-seat banquet and events center located at the 710 West Lake Mead Blvd. campus. The Academy is the concessionaire of record and a caterer for The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Culinary Academy of Las Vegas is an equal opportunity employer/program. For more information, call 702.924.2100 or visit www.theculinaryacademy.org. Stay up to date on happenings on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.
Gothamites came face-to-face with 40 "Penguin" look-a-likes, as they took over the city in a march to the series premiere of GOTHAM, airing Monday, September 22nd.
Star Robin Lord Taylor (Oswald Cobblepot/The Future Penguin) surprised fans as he emerged from the crowd of look-a-likes.
The most famous movie palace in the world, The TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX honored filmmaker and comedy legend MEL BROOKS, September 8 in honor of his favorite film, Young Frankenstein, which celebrates its 40th anniversary, and arrives on Blu-ray September 9 (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment).
The traditional handprint-footprint ceremony honoring Brooks took place at 12:00 PM.
2014 Emmy Awards hosted by Seth Meyers and took place Monday, August 25th at the Nokia Theater Downtown Los Angeles, CA.
-Best Drama Series - "Breaking Bad
-Best Comedy Series -"Modern Family"
-Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
-Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
-Lead Actor, Comedy - Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"
-Lead Actress, Comedy - Julia Louis Dreyfus, "Veep"
-Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Benedict Cumberbatch, "Sherlock: His Last Vow
-Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story: Coven"
-Supporting Actor, Drama - Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad"
-Supporting Actress, Drama - Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad"
-Supporting Actor, Comedy - Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"
-Supporting Actress, Comedy - Allison Janney, "Mom"
-Reality-Competition Series - "The Amazing Race"
-Variety Series - "The Colbert Report"
-Miniseries - "Fargo"
-Television Movie - "The Normal Heart"
-Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie - Martin Freeman, "Sherlock: His Last Vow"
-Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie - Kathy Bates, "American Horror Story: Coven"
-Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series - "Breaking Bad" ,Ozymandias , AMC , Sony Pictures Television
Las Vegas' newest resort opened its doors on August 22nd with a special VIP Opening Reception followed by midnight's official public opening with fireworks. SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is an all-encompassing resort and casino with more than 1,600 guest rooms and suites in three distinctive towers, 80,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, and a collection of sbe's acclaimed restaurant and nightlife brands. SLS Las Vegas provides an approachable experience featuring multiple unparalleled nightlife offerings including a reinvention of the popular live music hotspot, The Sayers Club, the edgy and sophisticated nightclub and lounge, Foxtail, and the 20,000-square-foot mega-club, LiFE. Additionally, SLS Las Vegas features an impressive selection of dining concepts including Ku Noodle and Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres, Katsuya, Cleo, Umami Burger, The Griddle Cafe, The SLS Buffet and The Perq. The property also hosts a 10,000-square-foot Fred Segal retail experience and a sports book operated by global gaming leader, William Hill.
For the fourth straight year, the Los Angeles Food & Wine festival, presented by FOOD & WINE magazine, returned to Downtown Los Angeles, one of the country's premier cultural destinations. The culinary world's most recognized names and faces came together for an epicurean kaleidoscope of festivities that took over the heart of Los Angeles for a three-night, four-day extravaganza.
Thoughtfully curated, each moment of the festival brought a one-of-a-kind opportunity for guests to have access to award-winning celebrity chefs paired with music and performances from nationally recognizable artists. Guests savored acclaimed cuisines from over 100 celebrity and world-class chefs, and over 200 wines curated from prestigious wineries. Locals and visitors alike experienced the cultural diversity of Los Angeles's culinary scene within this inclusive setting. Additionally, LosAngeles Food & Wine also featured events taking place throughout greater Los Angeles during the four-day celebration-from Beverly Hills to Santa Monica-as participants had the opportunity to partake in themed lunches and marquee chef collaborations.
The 2nd Annual Women's Tea to benefit Easter Seals was held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas on Monday, August 18th. Easter Seals Nevada honored Olivia Newton-John with First-Ever "Four Star Award" for Outstanding Charitable Contributions. One of the world's most beloved entertainers and philanthropists, Newton-John has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, been honored with numerous awards, topped the charts with ten No. 1 hits and starred in the classic musical films "Grease" with John Travolta and "Xanadu" with Gene Kelly. After nearly 10 years of fundraising, Olivia is thrilled that the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre (ONJCWC) opened in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia in 2012. A portion of every ticket sold to her Flamingo concerts will benefit the ONJCWC. Her Flamingo residency will run through January 2015. Easter Seals Nevada also honored three remarkable ladies who have made a significant impact to the Las Vegas community and in the Easter Seals organization. The 2014 Women's Tea "Tremendous Three" honorees included:
Terri Peck, Director of Marketing & Entertainment, FOX 5 Las Vegas
Christie Garness, Event Specialist, City of Las Vegas
Tonia Chafetz, General Manager, Tivoli Village
The world's grumpiest cat made a special appearance arriving in a limo at the world's largest Kitson store in Las Vegas to debut her second book. Her new book The Grumpy Guide to Life: Observations by Grumpy Cat ($12.95 US, $15.95 Canada, Chronicle Books) is available now.
Fans had the opportunity to pose with Grumpy Cat after purchasing her book.
Local businesses and organizations partnered together to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars this weekend all for a great cause. The 28th Annual Evening Under the Stars Food and Wine event took place on Saturday at American Honda in Torrance. Nearly a 1,000 people wined & dined under the stars to help raise funds to support Torrance Memorial and the new Lundquist Tower which will be opening soon. The Lundquist Tower is the newest wing and will be featuring the latest in technology and outpatient care. Attendees got a real treat with live performances from Tia Carrere and Daniel Ho. This year's Hawaiian themed fundraiser offered guests a variety of food to sample from more than 20 different restaurants around the South Bay and about 80 varieties of wines as well as a silent auction. This year's big ticket raffle item was a 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid retailed at about $32,000.
The Walking Dead Escape returned to San Diego for its annual appearance at Comic-Con 2014. This one-of-a-kind experience was held from July 25-26 in PETCO Park for attendees to test their survival skills. The Walking Dead Escape first originated at Comic-Con 2012 at PETCO Park with an overly successful debut. It has since expanded to Baton Rouge, Houston, Atlanta, Tampa, and Hartford and other major cities.
The course, which has already thrilled tens of thousands of participants since its debut, allows fans to participate as "Walkers" or "Survivors" as they climb, crawl, and slide their way through various zombie-infected evacuation zones. Those lucky enough to make it to the decontamination zone will have their level of infection assessed and then participate in the event's Fan Experience.
Those participating as Walkers will be transformed into the undead by professional makeup artists, and they'll receive "zombie training" prior to their release on the course. Keeping in the spirit of entertainment and accessibility to all, The Walking Dead Escape is not a race, and its participants will not be timed or required to run.
General view of the atmosphere at Warner Brother's Interactive Entertainment.
A celebration of the iconic character's 75th Anniversary and the Upcoming Release of Batman: Arkham Knight, during Comic-Con International 2014 at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego on July 24, 2014 in San Diego, California.
Presidents of Fox Searchlight Steve Gilula & Nancy Utley opened the ceremony and introduced Q&A moderator Anthony Breznican (Entertainment Weekly) who chatted with
writer/director Jared Hess and cast members including Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez, Tina Majorino, Diedrich Bader, Haylie Duff, Sandy Martin, Shondrella Avery and Carmen Brady.
Then, Heder and Hess unveiled a brand new statue of Napoleon Dynamite complete with a 'Vote for Pedro' T-shirt and moon boots alongside his beloved tetherball pole that will live on the Fox Studios lot.
Actor, producer, activist and author Jane Fonda was honored with the 42nd annual AFI Life Achievement Award the highest honor for a career in film in an evening filled with surprise and sentiment. Many of film and television's most revered artists, executives and philanthropists from across the nations turned out to pay tribute to one of America's most cherished artists. The June 5 black tie gala was taped at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, CA and will premiere on Saturday, June 14 at 9:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on TNT and encore Friday, August 1 on TCM as part of an all-night tribute to Fonda.
Vegas Valley Food Tours is a combination of walking and guided bus tour stopping at five vintage restaurants for tastings of their finest menu items. Each restaurant has been part of the Las Vegas community for 25 years or more. The tour also includes highlights of the historic architecture and cultural features that put Las Vegas on the map.
First Stop: The Flame Steakouse, El Cortez Hotel & Casino:
El Cortez Hotel & Casino opened in 1941 in the heart of the city's entertainment district at 600 Fremont Street. It was the largest and most fashionable hotel/casino on Fremont Street for many year's, and the steakhouse has been a local favorit for generations. El Cortez is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the oldest, continuously operating casino operating under the same name in the United States.
The Flame tasting menu:
Panko Crusted Crispy Shrimp served with honey Dijon mustard
Blue Crab Cakes served with celery cabbage slaw, remoulade sauce
Second Stop: Top of Binion's Steakhouse, Binion's Gambling Hall & Hotel:
Binion's Gambling Hall & Hotel opened at 128 Fremont Street as Binion's Horseshoe Club in 1951 when Binion bought the eldorado Club and Apache Hotel. The original building was constructed in 1932. It is said that the Horseshoe Club was the first gambling hall to offer air conditioning and carpet. The property expanded in 1960 and 1988, increasing the size of the property to an entire block. Although the World Series of Poker no longer occurs at the property, Binion's is still recognized among poker enthusiasts as the place that made poker famous. The Binion family owned and operated the casino until 2004.
Top of Binion's Steakhouse tasting menu:
Lobster Bisque Soup
Filet Mignon with Twice Baked Potato & Asparagus or
Stuffed Portabello Ravioli with Pesto Cream Sauce
Third Stop: Hugo's Cellar Four Queens Hotel & Casino:
Hugo's Cellar opened in the Four Queens during an expansion in the mid-1970s, aproximately 10 years after the Four Queens was completed in 1966. The casino is named after the builder Ben Goffstein's wife and three daughters. The historic bullnose neon sign is an icon of Glitter Gulch.
Hugo's Cellar tasting menu:
Fourth Stop: Chicago Joe's Restaurant:
Chicago Joe's opened in 1975 in a house built in 1933. Joe and his family added the Chicago brick and flower box of the front of the house and began serving original family recipes from Joe's Sicilian grandmother, including the famous Grandma's meatballs and shrimp parmigiana. The back room was a favorite lunch spot for former mayor and the attorney Oscar Goodman and mobster Tony Spilatro as they strategized for Mr. Spilatro's trial.
Chicago Joe's tasting menu:
Mama's Meatball and Pasta served with warm bread
Fifth Stop: Tiffany's Cafe White Cross Market:
Tiffany's Cafe opened in the White Cross Drugstore in 1955 as the city's first all-night diner catering to Strip performers such as the Rat Pack. The diner is known for its 1950s style lunch counter and menu, with signature dishes including the chicken fried steak breakfast, Tiffany burger, biscuits and gravy and milk shakes. Tiffany's is a neighborhood favorite, catering to visitors and residents of downtown Las Vegas.
Tiffany's Cafe tasting menu:
Triple Decker Club Sandwich served with Onion Rings
Sixth Optional Stop: Atomic Liquors:
Atomic Liquors is the oldest freestanding bar in Las Vegas. Originally founded by Joe & Stella Sobchik in 1952, Atomic Liquors was named for a time when customers watched atomic blasts from the roof. The building was originally built as Virginia's Cafe in 1946. The huge wrap around bar and landmark neon sign were built when the cafe converted to a bar. In 2012 the Sobchik's son sold the bar to the Johns brothers who remodeled it to its original glory. Like other historic stops on the tour, famous entertainers drank here after their nightly shows. Barbara Streisand even had her own seat which has been restored and is on display.
Guided Bus Tour includes: Las Vegas High School Historic District and John S. Park Historic District.
Justin Timberlake was the big winner at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, with seven trophies of the night, including top artist and top male artist. Jennifer Lopez was presented with the Icon Award. She also took the stage alongside Pitbull to premiere the official anthem of this year's FIFA World Cup, "We Are One (Ole Ola)." Lopez gave another debut performance on the night with a rendition of "First Love," a single lifted from her new studio album A.K.A., which is set for release on Capitol Records June 17.
Among the other performers were Miley Cyrus and Imagine Dragons, Katy Perry, OneRepublic, Iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande and Michael Jackson in a special hologram performance. With smooth dance moves that perfectly mirrored the Thriller singer's skills, a hologram image of Jackson who died in June 2009 took to the stage at the star-filled awards show in MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Ludacris hosted the ceremony, which aired live on ABC from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
iPic Theaters, one of the fastest-growing luxury movie-going experiences in the nation, opened officially in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California the epicenter of the motion picture industry. Known for creating a visionary movie-watching escape, iPic Theaters in Westwood offers six-screens, and 424-seats as well as the iconic modern architecture and "affordable luxury experience" that have become synonymous with the brand.
From the moment you arrive, you will be transported by iPic's iconic design, which gives the feeling of stepping into a stylish hotel or lounge. Guests will have the choice between Premium and Premium Plus seating and a diverse, locally-sourced gourmet menu designed by the renowned chef Sherry Yard, who serves as Corporate Vice President of Culinary Direction. Under Yard's direction, guests will enjoy a gourmet menu featuring items that are conducive to in-cinema dining with a high level of culinary craft, such as Salmon Tartar Cones, and Lobster Rolls. On the sweeter side, iPic Westwood features curated concessions offerings showcasing Yard's take on classic favorites along with selections from local artisans, such as locally made caramels and toffee. From Yard's own Helms Bakery, guests can expect treats such as Chocolate Chip Toffee Coffee Cookies, Triple Gingerbread Cookies, Apple Caramel Ice Cream Cups with Almond Streusel, and Creme Fraiche Rhubarb Pops.
A full-service bar offers an exclusive selection of hand-crafted cocktails presented by award-winning mixologist and master sommelier Adam Seger, featuring a locally-driven fresh produce and herbs-centric menu focusing on house made syrups, bitters, and infusions. Seger's creations includes such refreshing and complex flavor profiles as The Norma Jean made with Marilyn Monroe vodka and from scratch strawberry lemonade, and Seger's take on a classic Old Fashioned made with Black Walnut-infused rye, fig syrup, and house made orange bitters.
Premium seating ticketholders will relax in large, plush leather seats and may purchase their food and beverage direct from Tanzy Express and carry it into the theater to enjoy at their seats. Premium Plus seating features reclining, oversized leather chairs, popcorn, pillows and blankets, as well as individual service-call buttons that summon ninja-like servers to deliver signature dishes or hand-crafted cocktails.
iPic Theaters in Westwood consists of six auditoriums with seating between 44 and 108 people and offering 4K Digital Projection with Dolby 7.1 Channel sound systems. All seats can be reserved ahead of time via iPic's proprietary reservation system on www.ipic.com, or moviegoers can simply download the iPic App to their iPhones for a hassle-free, one-step transaction process. An exclusive membership program offers iPic guests discounted pricing, priority notification of tickets available for sale to blockbuster movies, access to exclusive movie screenings and the ability to earn points toward iPic Member Reward programs. For more information on becoming an iPic member, please visit www.ipictheaters.com/become-a-member.aspx
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
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.
BEST FEATURE: Siddharth
BEST DOCUMENTARY: Faith Connections
BEST SHORT: Kush
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Ranging from 9,500 to 11,200 square feet, imagine staying in a mansion right on the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. The award-winning Caesars Palace presents its themed villas, taking your luxury hotel experience to brand new heights. While the high ceilings, huge bar space, the state-of-the-art sound system, massage operated chairs, and large entertainment areas excite any high-end traveler, it's the private pool area that makes these villas far from ordinary. You'll have access to your own pool, fire pits and a private entrance to the main pool.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 'Everybody Wins' Oscars gift bag value has now increased to over $80,000! and includes:
CHOCOLATINES SAVORY WINE-INFUSED CHOCOLATE $80.00 - www.chocolatines.com
HALO PET FOOD SHELTER DONATION $6,100.00 - www.halopets.com
ROCKY MOUNTAINEER $6,850.00 - www.rockymountaineer.com
MAX MARTIN $750.00 - www.maxmartin.co
SLOW WATCHES $290.00 - www.slow-watches.com
DOSHA POPS $35.00/6pk - www.doshapops.com
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!
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.
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"
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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The Fifth Annual Golden Nugget Beer Fest will take place October 10-11, 2014 and will feature two thirst-quenching events. First, guests will sample over 125 craft beer selections from 30 breweries at the All American Craft Beer Tasting on Friday night. Admission is $50 and includes unlimited samplings, chef inspired appetizers and live music.
Then, on Saturday, we'll throw an Oktoberfest Pool Party with live music, great food, and more than 150 different beers at our famous Tank Pool. Drink and food tickets are available for purchase and admission is FREE to this event!
Please join us in launching Ambulante California on Sunday, September 21 at 7 pm at MacArthur Park with the LA premiere of Bronx Obama. Director Ryan Murdock and the titular Obama impersonator, Louis Ortiz will accompany the film for a Q&A.
Check out all the films, venues and schedule here: www.ambulantecalifornia.com
The documentary road show will be traveling to a different neighborhood each night from September 21 to October 4, concluding at The Bowtie Project at Rio de Los Angeles State Park. Festival events will take place in 13 different venues across eight different neighborhoods. All events are free and open to the public, and the majority of them take place outdoors.
The 22 documentaries in the program represent a mix of topics, ranging from cultural identity, music, family driven, biography, social justice and environmental issues. Eight of the films are in Spanish language and will be presented with English subtitles. Filmmakers confirmed to attend include Ryan Murdock (dir. Bronx Obama), Benjamin Mullinkosson and Kristelle Laroche (dir. The Pink Helmet Posse), Ben Proudfoot (dir. Ink & Paper), director Cristina Ibarra and producer Erin Ploss Campoamor (Las Marthas), Erik Daarstad and John Morrill, cinematographers of The Exiles, Paul Collins and Anlo Sepulveda (co-dir. Yakona), producer Alex McDougald, Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio (dir. Alamar), Lourdes Grobet (dir. Bering, Balance and Resistance), Julianna Brannum (dir. LaDonna Harris: Indian 101), Jeffrey Radice (dir. No No: A Dockumentary), Sherief Elkatsha (dir. Cairo Drive) and Hatuey Viveros, cinematographer and producer (Elevador).
Universal will be "staking" a new take on the classics come Halloween. 'Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood' is the latest haunted house reveal for its upcoming Halloween Horror Nights event (Sept. 19 - Nov. 1). Fans will be able to get a bi-coastal vampire fix; both Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood will be showcasing mazes inspired by Universal Pictures' upcoming epic, "Dracula Untold," which arrives in theaters on Oct. 17.
Horror Nights, the nation's largest Halloween event, continues to expand. Now in its 24th year, 'Dracula Untold' joins huge horror franchises including AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' 'The Purge: Anarchy' and 'Alien vs. Predator' as prime draws for 2014.
The film, starring Luke Evans ('The Hobbit,' 'Clash of the Titans'), taps into the Dracula legend, delving into the life of 13th century ruler Vlad Tepes, the inspiration for Bram Stoker's 'Dracula.' Infamous for skewering his enemies alive, Tepes was known as "Vlad the Impaler." Such imagery is likely to figure prominently. Michael Aiello, Director of Entertainment - Creative Development for Universal Orlando Resort, is a fan of classic Universal monsters and looks forward to showcasing new facets of vampire lore. He promises guests "pulse-pounding moments" at this year's event, and is certain fans of the film will be thrilled. John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood, claims the Dracula maze will reveal the monster's origin, bringing to life much more of the story than is commonly associated with the monster. When describing the maze, he uses the words "atrocities" and promises a frightening, immersive experience. Those who queue up for the maze before the film's release, teases Aiello, will get "an unprecedented living preview" of the horrors they'll enjoy in the theater.
The Walking Dead - Inspired by Season 4 of the hit show, The Walking Dead: End of the Line maze will follow a small band of survivors as they flee a prison overrun by flesh-eating walkers and head out on a harrowing journey to an elusive sanctuary known as Terminus. "The Walking Dead" executive producer and special-effects makeup supervisor Greg Nicotero has teamed with the park once again to help craft the sets and monsters for the maze. Expect the new Walking Dead maze to be in the same location as last year's on the studio backlot. The studio backlot Terror Tram will also feature a "Walking Dead" theme. Other mazes include: AVP: Alien vs. Predator, From Dusk Till Dawn, An American Werewolf in London, Face Off, The Purge and more...
Catalina Film Festival (CFF) announces additional 2014 Festival honorees to be celebrated when the Fest takes over Catalina Island. On the 100 Year Celebration of Charlie Chaplin's legendary career and advent of his iconic TRAMP character, the festival will screen the TRAMP's first 1914 appearance in Kid Auto Races At Venice, and Academy Award winner, Nicolas Cage will be honored with the Charlie Chaplin ICON award prior to the screening of his film Left Behind on Friday, Sept. 26. This award is presented annually to an actor or filmmaker whose work embodies Charles Spencer Chaplin's qualities of realism, diversity and courage within his craft.
2014 honorees include William H. Macy (Stanley Kramer "Social Artist" award); Andy Garcia (Ronald Reagan Great Communicator award): Jason Ritter (Catalina Crest award) and producer, writer and Academy Award nominee, Roman Coppola (Vanguard award).
Additional guests scheduled to attend include Jordin Sparks (Sparkle, American Idol); Danielle Fishel (Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World); Tamyra Grey (American Idol, RENT); Kristoff St. John (The Young and the Restless, Pandora's Box); Chris Candy (Bar America, Contracted); Cassi Thomson (Left Behind, Big Love).
Guests are encouraged to book tickets now at www.CatalinaFilm.org. A special Catalina Express midnight ferry has been added to accommodate attendees on Saturday, Sept. 27.Festival sponsors include Mercedes Benz, Stella Artois, SONY, Freixnet, Maestro Dobel Tequila, The Cafaro Group, Horseshoe Bend Vineyards, Enamel Diction and Hint Water.
About Catalina Film Festival
Catalina Film Festival, an annual celebration of film on the only West Coast resort island, features more than 87 films, nightly events, and entertainment. Clear blue water and coastal breezes provide the perfect backdrop for unparalleled premieres, parties, industry networking, and discovering everything that the island has to offer. CFF's beneficiary is the Catalina Island Conservatory. Visit www.CatalinaFilm.org, follow @CatalinaFilm/Facebook.com/CatalinaFilm.
The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor Tests Thresholds of Fear with an Exclusive Encounter Onboard the Haunted Ship
The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor will rise from the haunted bows of a rich, torrid history to scare all those who dare this Halloween season beginning October 2 through November 2. Dark Harbor is pleased to unveil two brand new mazes, Soulmate and B340, and an Exclusive Encounter unlike any other haunted experience onboard the infamous cruise liner. Graceful Gale was the belle of The Queen Mary in the 1930s. As a beautiful first class passenger Gale charmed her way across the ship's dance floor regularly until mysteriously disappearing on her final passage in 1939. The new Soulmate maze will take over the former location of the Containment maze and bring to life the haunted spirit of the frightful Graceful Gale. The story of Gale will unravel as her true spirit is revealed and those who dare will realize that Gale may not be as graceful as she appeared, but in fact is more monstrous than ever imagined. Gale will haunt The Queen Mary in order to lure suitors into her possession. Once she captures their hearts she will have her adoring minions cut them up and reassemble them to create her "perfect mate." But Gale isn't so easy to please and only a few creatures are suitable enough to be her dance partner. The rest of the rejects are doomed and outcast to haunt the Queen at night.
On a 1948 Atlantic voyage, third class Queen Mary passenger, Samuel, was locked away in room B340 after a violent outburst. After hours of isolation, crew found Samuel in his room, violently ripped apart. Murdered or self-induced suicide, no one knows. B340 is a new maze through Samuel the Savage's schizophrenic journey of isolated decent into insanity. Travel through his warped mind literally and figuratively, ultimately reaching the final resting place, but only after visitors navigate a mirage of virtual B340s. Samuel is on the loose, he's dangerous and completely out of his mind. Through his maze you may lose your own mind and find it impossible to escape.
The new Exclusive Encounters on board the Queen Mary will take a very limited number of thrill seekers on a terrifying top secret paranormal journey through the
depths of the ship that have never been open to Dark Harbor guests before. Those who dare to voyage on an Encounter will be so brave they will have to sign their life
away and hope that they return safely to land.
The Monster Midway, Freakshow, Mechanical Monster, The Ringmaster and all of the terrifying spirits of the Queen will return for the horror amidst freaks, food, and
live entertainment. The terror begins October 2 and runs for 20 haunted evenings through November 2 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Ticket prices start at just $20 online,
with Fast Fright, VIP Passes, and lodging packages available. Season passes are also an option for optimal adrenaline seekers. For more information, or to purchase
tickets online, visit www.queenmary.com/dark-harbor.
Knott's Scary Farm, the largest, most haunted experience in Southern California, returns for 24 horrifying nights September 25 - November 1 and features the return of Elvira, the legendary Mistress of the Dark, endless horrifying mazes, and a thousand monsters lurking in the fog.
Event dates are: September 25, 26, 27, October 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31 & Nov. 1. Knott's Scary Farm is open from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, and until 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Killer deals will be available later this summer when tickets go on-sale.
Back by overwhelming demand, Elvira, the legendary Mistress of the Dark, will headline the 1,800 seat Ghoul Time Theater twice nightly through the entire run of Scary Farm. Elvira's all-new show will feature her signature blend of comedy and sass, along with singing, dancing, and explosive special effects!
Elvira's reign as the "Queen of Halloween" began in 1981 when she became the hostess of the local Southern California television show "Movie Macabre," and went on to become the most widely recognized horror host in history. In 1982 she became the Knott's Scary Farm headliner,following in the footsteps of Sinister Seymour and Wolfman Jack. Elvira again returned to Knott's Scary Farm in 2013 to overwhelming demand for her smash show, Elvira's Sinema Seance.
Also returning in 2014 are the terrifying secrets behind the locked doors in Skeleton Key Rooms. First introduced in 2013, Fright Lane with Skeleton Key offers front-of-line access to all mazes and unlocks unnerving terrors in exclusive scenes in select mazes. This year, Knott's Scary Farm Skeleton Key rooms will be entirely new and more frighteningly interactive than ever.
Also new this year is the collectible keychain that commemorates your harrowing journey through the Skeleton Key rooms (while supplies last). Fright Lane with Skeleton Key will go on sale with Knott's Scary Farm tickets later this summer, and join the conversation using #ScaryFarm.
For more hair-raising information on the 2014 Knott's Scary Farm terrifying event visit the website or stay tuned to the Knott's Scary Farm Facebook page.
Fright Dome at Circus Circus, one of the nation's top-ranked haunted attractions, will team up with legendary horror director Tobe Hooper and writer Kim Henkel to feature one of the most terrifying horror films of all time. Beginning Friday, Oct. 3 Fright Dome takes over The Adventuredome at Circus Circus and will theme one of its six haunted houses around the grisly story of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary this Halloween season, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE is a theme that Fright Dome fans have been asking to see come to life for years. The themed haunted house will immerse guests in scenes from the iconic film, leaving them to fend off the attacks of one of the most notorious chainsaw-wielding killers ever created, Leatherface. No corner is safe as guests fight their way through in hopes of escaping the cannibals in pursuit. Will they survive... or become the next sliced and diced item on the dinner menu? "We are happy to be working with Fright Dome to bring THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE haunted attraction to the fans for the film's 40th anniversary," said writer Kim Henkel. Utilizing the THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE theme is yet another milestone in Fright Dome's long-standing history of frightening the masses. Over the years, the haunted attraction has worked with many industry greats including George A. Romero and Marcus Dunstan to utilize themes from popular franchises including HALLOWEEN, SAW, MY BLOODY VALENTINE, THE COLLECTOR and more.
"I am thrilled we are able to work with such a renowned brand this year," said Jason Egan, owner and creator of Fright Dome. "Being able to utilize a movie of this magnitude as a partner is quite an honor. For the past 12 years we have been extremely fortunate to work with some of the best in the horror industry, making Fright Dome one of the top haunted attractions in the nation year after year." Alongside famed Hollywood FX guru Gary J. Tunnicliffe, Egan's team will create spot-on replicas of the props, masks and traps from the big screen inside Fright Dome. Over the years Tunnicliffe has been responsible for the makeup, props and special effects for more than 60 feature films including franchises such as HELLRAISER, HALLOWEEN, CANDYMAN, EXORCIST, BLADE, SCREAM and many more.
In addition to this groundbreaking theme, the sweeping 250,000-square-foot haunted theme park attraction will feature five additional new haunted houses including a solo haunted house, appropriately named "Isolation." Separated from friends and forced to enter alone, guests will forge their way through a labyrinth of industrial corridors filled with traps, crazed inhabitants and those that have ventured in before them but never escaped. Endless passages make each person prey in this shadowy haunted experience. Dark and fog-filled, Fright Dome creates a chilling atmosphere with roaming characters, high-powered strobes, multi-colored lasers and five acres of horror made up of four all new extreme scare zones, rides, attractions and nightly live stage shows. Egan and his ghoulish cast make their entrance each event night in two fully-restored hearses; a 1968 Cadillac "Executioner" and a monster truck hearse from Discovery Channel's "Ultimate Car Builds." To add to the excitement and thrill of Fright Dome this year, guests will be able to experience Adventuredome's newest attraction, El Loco, under the darkness of the haunted attraction. El Loco is the only indoor roller coaster of its kind in the United States and the second indoor El Loco coaster in the world. El Loco is an adrenaline-pumping adventure complete with G drops, gravity-defying turns and over-the-edge twists.
To celebrate the anniversary of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, MPI Media will release the original restored film for fans in an all-new 4K Blu-ray DVD featuring a dynamic new 7.1 surround sound mix and never-before-seen outtakes. The DVD will be released on September 16.
AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi, a program of the American Film Institute, announced it will honor Sophia Loren with a special Tribute on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. AFI FEST, the 8-day film festival, will take place November 6 through 13 in Hollywood. In her honor, the festival dedicates its 2014 branding to Loren by featuring an enchanting image taken in the summer of August 1965.
The evening, open to the public, will celebrate Loren's illustrious career and coincides with the 50th anniversary of her Academy Award-nominated role in MARRIAGE ITALIAN STYLE (MATRIMONIO ALL'ITALIANA) (DIR Vittorio De Sica, 1964). The film, which will be shown as part of the Tribute, was restored by Cineteca di Bologna, the Technicolor Foundation for Cinema Heritage and Memory Cinema, in collaboration with Surf Film. The Tribute will also include a conversation with Loren about her career, and THE HUMAN VOICE (LA VOCE UMANA) (DIR Edoardo Ponti, 2014), a short film directed by her son in which she stars, will be shown as part of the evening.
Loren, Italy's most celebrated actress, is a true international icon whose work has been honored around the world. She was the first artist to win a Best Actress Oscar for a foreign-language performance, for TWO WOMEN (LA CIOCIARA) (DIR Vittorio De Sica, 1960), and she received an honorary Academy Award in 1991. Other top honors include a Best Actress Award at the Cannes International Film Festival in 1961, an honorary Cesar in 1991, a Career Golden Lion from the Venice Film Festival in 1998, an Honorary Golden Berlin Bear from the Berlin Film Festival in 1994 and a David di Donatello Award for her career in 1999. She holds the record for having earned six David di Donatello Awards for acting, including one for her work in THE HUMAN VOICE (LA VOCE UMANA). Loren previously was honored by AFI as one of America's Greatest Screen Legends in its AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars list.
To attend the November 12 tribute with reserved seating, guests must purchase festival passes specifically the Star Patron Package and Marquee Patron Package. These and other packages and passes which include access to galas, tributes and other high-demand film events will go on sale on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. For the sixth consecutive year, AFI FEST will also continue its unprecedented offer of free tickets to screenings.
The Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF), sponsored by Starz Entertainment and produced by the Denver Film Society, announced its dates for its 37th edition: November 12-23, 2014. Recognized as the Rocky Mountain Region's premier film event, SDFF attracts nearly 55,000 filmgoers and is widely recognized for presenting Academy Award and Independent Spirit Award-winning films, such as The Artist, Black Swan, Brokeback Mountain, Nebraska, No Country for Old Men and Silver Linings Playbook - well before their collective accolades.
This year's SDFF campaign, created by the Denver-based agency AOR, Inc., will invite audiences to "Step Into The Story" through over 200 titles among local, national and international independent films, industry panels, workshops, achievement awards and tributes. The full twelve-day festival program will be announced on Monday, October 27.
The Sie FilmCenter and UA Denver Pavilions Stadium will serve as anchor venues with all Red Carpet Presentations at the Buell Theatre. Individual tickets go on sale to Denver Film Society members on Wednesday, October 29 and to the general public on Friday, October 31. Tickets will be available for purchase online at www.denverfilm.org or the SDFF main box office location at the Sie FilmCenter (2510 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80206).
SDFF Patron Packages are now available, including a $100 discount through the month of September. Click here for levels and benefits and contact Alison Greenberg to purchase at 303.595.3456 ext. 229 or email@example.com.
The Women's International Music Network (the WiMN) is thrilled to announce that Orianthi will co-host the 2015 She Rocks Awards. Honoring women who stand out as role models in the music industry, the She Rocks Awards is slated to take place Friday evening, January 23, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif., during the NAMM Show.
"The She Rocks Awards does so much for women in music and I'm excited to be a part of it," shares Orianthi. "This event recognizes women who truly rock, and it will be my honor to be there to congratulate them!" A 2013 She Rocks Awards honoree, Orianthi is a platinum-selling solo artist and known the world-over as a masterful guitar player, having performed with artists such as Michael Jackson, Alice Cooper, Carrie Underwood, and more.
Hosting duties will be shared between Orianthi and the WiMN founder Laura B. Whitmore. "Orianthi is such an amazing role model for female musicians all over the world," Whitmore comments. "I can’t think of a better partner for leading the She Rocks Awards!"
The She Rocks Awards pays tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry, and has become a standard at the NAMM Show. Previous award recipients include female industry leaders such as Orianthi, Sheila E, Gaby Moreno, Malina Moye, Dinah Gretsch, Janie L. Hendrix, Mary Peavey, and more. The event brings together industry professionals, music icons, artists, educators, fans and media to celebrate women in music.
The WiMN also recently announced its first honoree for the 2015 award show; Grammy-nomiated saxophonist, singer and songwriter Mindi Abair. One of the most dynamic and accomplished performers in music today, her latest album Wild Heart debuted at #1 on the Billboard Jazz and Contemporary Jazz chart. Abair was a featured saxophonist on the Late Show with David Letterman and American Idol, and has toured with rock legends Aerosmith. Additional award honorees will be announced soon.
The She Rocks Awards was previously held on Friday morning, but for 2015 it is moving to an evening event and will take place from 6:00pm to 8:30pm in the Pacific Ballroom at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel. The event has sold out for the past two years.
The She Rocks Awards would like to recognize media sponsors NewBay Media, and their publications Guitar World, Guitar Player, Acoustic Nation, Bass Player, Electronic Musician and Keyboard.
Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival, is pleased to announce the screenwriters selected for its 16th annual Screenwriting Lab. The Screenwriting Lab is an intensive four-week program designed to help writers improve their craft, and take their current scripts to the next level in a nurturing yet challenging creative environment. During the Lab Fellows participate in individualized story sessions, are advised on the craft and business of screenwriting, and are also introduced to established screenwriters, producers and film professionals who serve as guest speakers and creative advisors. This year's creative advisors include James Ponsoldt (Smashed, The Spectacular Now), Kirsten Smith (Legally Blonde) and Jeff Stockwell (Bridge to Terabithia, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys). Guest speakers include Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, The Last Exorcism Part II) and Richard Levine (Boss, Nip/Tuck, Masters of Sex).<
The LA Art Show, the largest and most successful platform for contemporary and traditional art in the West, will celebrate its 20th anniversary at the upcoming January 14-18 2015 edition. Taking place at the world-class Los Angeles Convention Center, the show will build upon the success of the 2014 event, which closed with attendance topping 50,000 and participating galleries reporting sales into the millions. The 2015 LA Art Show will showcase an ever-growing component of international galleries. A strong focus of the show, international gallery space for Korea, China, The United Arab Emirates and Japan has reached capacity.
Sparking global art trends, The LA Art Show has become a stomping ground for established artists, and launching pad for emerging talent showcasing what's now and next in art. The LA Art Show was the first art fair to feature an exhibition of graffiti and street art, launching an international trend that catapulted the genre into the fine art world. The show has also showcased curated exhibitions by art world luminaries including: Nick Cave, Suzanne Lacy, Shepard Fairey, Lee Yong Baek, Choi Jeung Hwa, Cindy Jackson and others.
Produced by the Palm Beach Show Group, the LA Art Show has been designed to meet the needs of galleries and art patrons. In addition to having substantial support from top collectors and celebrity clientele, galleries are provided access to a strong collector community via CollectosrNet.com, an international marketplace for fine art, antiques and jewelry. Created for dealers, collectors and interior designers, the site is unique in that it is the only online resource where members can virtually interact with and purchase from an exclusive, handpicked community of Palm Beach Show Group dealers.
The LA Art Show takes place from January 14 - 18, 2015 concurrently with the Los Angeles Jewelry, Antique & Design Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall 1201 Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015. For additional information about the Los Angeles Art Show, please visit www.laartshow.com.
The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, will be held April 15 - April 26, 2015 in New York City. The Festival announced a call for submissions for narrative features, documentary features, short film entries and transmedia projects. Also announced was the promotion of Genna Terranova to Festival Director and Cara Cusumano to Senior Programmer.
TFF supports and celebrates both American independent voices and established directors from around the world. The Festival hosts screenings of feature and short length films, curated conversations, and master classes. The 2015 Festival will feature Storyscapes, Tribeca's celebrated transmedia section in collaboration with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin, the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival and the second edition of Tribeca Innovation Week.
Deadlines to submit U.S. and International films for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival are as follows:
September 15, 2014: SUBMISSIONS OPEN for features, shorts, transmedia projects
October 17, 2014: EARLY DEADLINE for feature and short films
November 26, 2014: OFFICIAL ENTRY DEADLINE for features, shorts, transmedia projects
December 24, 2014: LATE ENTRY DEADLINE for feature length world-premiere films only
Submissions rules and regulations and complete information regarding eligibility for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival are now available at www.tribecafilm.com/festival/submissions. Questions regarding submissions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 212-941-2305.
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.
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