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24th Annual Power of Love Gala Honors Neil Diamond

Keep Memory Alive’s 24th annual Power of Love gala at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, March 7 brought top artists and performers Billy Ray Cyrus, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Kelsey Grammer, Sammy Hagar, Derek Hough, Chris Isaak, Jimmy Kimmel, Katlyn Nichols, Greg Phillinganes and more together to honor music legend Neil Diamond and raise crucial funds and awareness for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

Also in attendance were Paula Abdul, star of E!’s hit TV show “Botched” Paul Nassif, M.D., “Bar Rescue” star Jon Taffer, British singer Matt Goss, jeweler Steven Lagos, chef Hubert Keller, magician Hans Klok, photocomposer Ryszard Horowitz and owner Mark Davis, president Marc Badain and coach Jon Gruden of the Las Vegas Raiders.

Paying tribute to Diamond’s iconic music, Cyrus opened the show with a rousing performance of “I’m a Believer,” followed by Isaak’s cover of “Solitary Man.” Hough introduced Edmonds and Nichols’ soulful rendition of “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” before Grammer announced Hagar’s performance of “Thank the Lord for the Nighttime.”

Keep Memory Alive Founder and Chairman Larry Ruvo and Kimmel presented Diamond with an award in honor of his impactful musical contributions to the world, followed by a proclamation of March 7 as “Neil Diamond Day” in Las Vegas.

Kimmel added, “I love Las Vegas and I love Neil Diamond. Not only do I love Neil, but my parents love him, my friends love him, my children love him.

Neil Diamond is an amazing songwriter and singer and I think you will agree that no Jewish man looks better in sequins than Neil Diamond.”

Diamond said, “I’m feeling great. This is an important thing they’re doing and I feel honored to be part of it and take part in it.”
Diamond then took to the stage, delivering a surprise mini concert of his hits including, “Hello Again,” “Forever in Blue Jeans,” “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Love on Rocks,” “I Am…I Said” and “September Morn.” The audience jumped to their feet and sang along for a finale of “Sweet Caroline,” as Cyrus, Hagar, Isaak, Kimmel and Nichols joined him on stage. Marking his first live performance since announcing his retirement from touring in 2018 due to his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease,

Celebrity chefs Wolfgang Puck and Masaharu Morimoto prepared exquisite cuisine paired with wines from Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, followed by a showstopping dessert from MGM Grand Pastry Team that featured a cocktail wrapped with cotton candy.

Guests bid on exceptional experiences and items during the silent and live auctions, including a private dinner with Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, lunch with David Beckham in Miami, a seven-day cruise off the coast of Australia aboard a superyacht and a luxury suite for the Las Vegas Raiders season home opener.

The evening generated the majority of annual revenue for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health to provide service, care and resources for patients and their caregivers in the fight against neurodegenerative disorders including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s diseases; multiple system atrophy; frontotemporal dementia and related disorders; multiple sclerosis and more. There is a chance to help raise money each year, so make sure to save the date for the 25th annual Power of Love gala happening on May 22, 2021 at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Women in Film Oscar Nominees Party

Women In Film, LA kicked off Oscars weekend at Sunset Room Hollywood with its 13th Annual Women In Film Oscar Nominees Party with Tony Award Winner Idina Menzel and Best Picture Oscar Winner and WIF, LA Board President Emerita Cathy Schulman. The evening honored all 65 women, in front of and behind the camera, who have been nominated for an Academy Award this year.

Over 35 nominees in attendance including Sandy Powell, Diane Warren, Arianne Phillips, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Shannon McIntosh, and more. Additional guests included Connie Britton, Kyra Sedgwick, Beanie Feldstein, Caitriona Balfe, Dove Cameron, Lydia Hearst, Haley Lu Richardson, Logan Browning, Lake Bell, Rachel Roy, Nikki Reed, Hari Nef, Madeline Brewer, Angelique Cabral, Xosha Roquemore and more.

Industrial Light & Magic Conversation and Dolby Cinema Reception

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ROCKETMAN is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story – set to Elton John’s most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton – tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture.

ROCKETMAN also stars Jamie Bell as Elton’s longtime lyricist and writing partner

Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as Elton’s first manager, John Reid, and Bryce

Dallas Howard as Elton’s mother Sheila Farebrother.

RICKY MARTIN, ROSELYN SÁNCHEZ, AND PAZ VEGA TO HOST THE 20TH ANNUAL LATIN GRAMMY AWARDS®

The Latin Recording Academy® today announced that three-time Latin GRAMMY® winner, 2006 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year™, and two-time GRAMMY® winner Ricky Martin will host the 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards® alongside internationally renowned actresses Roselyn Sánchez and Paz Vega. The 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live on Univision from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 14 from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central).

Martin, who will host for the first time, has been a part of The Latin Recording Academy’s history since the inaugural Latin GRAMMY Awards in 2000, where he was nominated for two awards and delivered one of the most memorable performances to date. Sánchez joins as a host for the fourth time, after hosting the 16th, 17th, and 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards.Vega will host the show for the first time.

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Tom Hanks, Recipient of the 2020 Cecil B. deMille Award

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced that eight-time Golden Globe winner and 15-time nominee, Tom Hanks, will be honored with the coveted Cecil B. deMille Award at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The highly-acclaimed star of such legendary films such as Big, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Cast Away, and the upcoming release of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood will accept the honor at Hollywood’s Party of the Year® on Sunday, January 5, 2020 airing LIVE coast-to-coast from 5-8 p.m. PT/8-11 p.m. ET on NBC.

“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is proud to bestow the 2020 Cecil B. deMille Award to Tom Hanks,” said HFPA President Lorenzo Soria. “For more than three decades, he’s captivated audiences with rich and playful characters that we’ve grown to love and admire. As compelling as he is on the silver screen, he’s equally so behind the camera as a writer, producer, and director. We’re honored to include Mr. Hanks with such luminaries as Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Martin Scorsese, and Barbra Streisand to name a few.”

Chosen by the HFPA Board of Directors, the Cecil B. deMille Award is given annually to a talented individual who has made a lasting impact on the film industry. Honorees over the decades include Jeff Bridges, Robert De Niro, Audrey Hepburn, Harrison Ford, Jodie Foster, Sophia Loren, Sidney Poitier, Steven Spielberg, Denzel Washington, Robin Williams, and many more.

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PLAYING WITH FIRE LIGHT UP THE RED CARPET IN NYC!

When straight-laced fire superintendent Jake Carson (John Cena) and his elite team of expert firefighters (Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo and Tyler Mane) come to the rescue of three siblings (Brianna Hildebrand, Christian Convery and Finley Rose Slater) in the path of an encroaching wildfire, they quickly realize that no amount of training could prepare them for their most challenging job yet – babysitters. Unable to locate the children’s parents, the firefighters have their lives, jobs and even their fire depot turned upside down and quickly learn that kids – much like fires -are wild and unpredictable.

STARRING: John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo, Brianna Hildebrand, Dennis Haysbert, Judy Greer

Mayans M.C. Season One DVD Release Party

Mayans M.C. Season One DVD Release Celebration took place at Heroes Motors in West Hollywood on Sunday,  August 18th with some of the cast in attendance.

The event also offered food, open bar, delicious donuts by Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts and a fun photo booth. Guests also could check out the many exclusive accessories and collectible motorcycles on display.

Mayans M.C. created by Elgin James, Kurt Sutter. Stars JD Pardo, Clayton Cardenas, Sarah Bolger, Michael Irby. Set in a post-Jax Teller world, “Mayans MC” sees EZ Reyes, a former golden boy now fresh out of prison, as a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the California-Mexico border who must carve out his new outlaw identity.

On Thursday, Topgolf, the premier entertainment destination, and independent studio, invaded Comic Con to be part of an activation unlike no other.

 

On Thursday, Topgolf, the premier entertainment destination, and independent studio, invaded Comic Con to be part of an activation unlike no other. Celebrities, creators and below-the-line craftsmen were invited to hit eco-friendly balls from the ship’s deck off the historical USS Midway—a naval aircraft located in downtown San Diego.

Notable stars included: Professional skateboarder Ryan Sheckler; AMC’s The Walk Dead Julie Ann Emery; Stranger Things 3 Andrey Ivchenko; Freaks and Geeks’ Samm Levine; American Pie’s Thomas Ian Nicholas; KROQ’s The Kevin & Bean Show; HBO’s Ballers Carl McDowell, Syfy’s Van Helsing and TNT’s Snowpiercer Aleks Paunovic; Syfy’s The Magicians’ Brittany Curran; ABC’s Fresh Off The Boat Dash Williams, Dallas Cowboys Byron Jones; The Bachelorette’s Chris Randone and Krystal Neilsen; Olympic athlete Lolo Jones; UFC’s Paige VanZant and Austin Vanderford; and Denver Nuggets’ Mason Plumlee, among others.

Toptracer, the company’s state-of-the-art technology, helped track the flight path of every golf shot for VIP guests, displaying it right on the bay’s HD screen and content was sent to their respective email addresses for social media. Beyond just a friendly competition, bragging rights were in full swing.

Sony Opened with the World Wide Launch of Sony Digital Cinema Premium Large-format Auditorium at Galaxy Theatres’ Las Vegas Location

Galaxy Theatres Luxury+® Boulevard Offer Movie-goers an Exceptional Experience Highlighted by a Dual Laser Projection System, Powerful Sound and Luxury Recliners.

Sony Electronics Inc. is introduced Sony Digital Cinema™, the company’s experiential premium large-format (PLF) movie theater auditorium. Working in conjunction with state-of-the-art movie theater company, Galaxy Theatres, the world’s first location debuted at their Las Vegas Boulevard Mall venue, on Thursday April 4, 2019.

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Women in Film salutes this year’s female nominees at pre-Oscars bash

Oscar nominees Yalitza Aparicio, front, and Glenn Close attend the 12th Women in Film Oscar Nominees Party at Spring Place in Beverly Hills on Friday.

Glenn Close, Regina King, Marina de Tavira and Yalitza Aparicio took time to drop into the 12th annual Women in Film Oscar Nominees Party.

“This is an amazing night,” said the event’s co-host, Cathy Schulman, in her official welcome to guests. “There are 61 female nominees this year. … An all-time high.” An Oscar winner herself for “Crash,” she then cited 17 repeat nominees and three women now up for two Academy Awards this year.

Held Friday at the private club Spring Place in Beverly Hills, Women in Film’s pre-Oscars affair honored female Academy Award contenders, both in front of and behind the cameras, including producers, screenwriters, sound mixers, editors, makeup artists, hairstylists and others.

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