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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY HONORS CHEF MING TSAI AT CALIFORNIA SPIRIT 33 GOURMET GARDEN PARTY, WITH HOST CHEF JAVIER PLASCENCIA

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY HONORS CHEF MING TSAI

The American Cancer Society’s California Spirit 33 gourmet garden party honored Chef Ming Tsai with the 2018 Impact Award for his inspiring work in the fight against cancer through his leadership in the national non-profit Family Reach on Sunday, July 15 at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City. The event was hosted by Chef Javier Plascencia, celebrated chef, author, TV personality noted for his signature interpretation of the cuisine of Baja California. Chef Jason Fullilove, owner of Barbara Jean LA presided as Culinary Chair for the event.

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Lili Bourdán hosted celebrity bar at the 2018 Concern Foundation’s 44th Annual Block Party

Lili-Bourdán at the 44th Annual Concern Foundation.

Lili Bourdán (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, THE NUN) hosted the celebrity bar at the 2018 Concern Foundation’s 44th Annual Block Party on Saturday July 14 at Paramount Studios.

The Nun is an upcoming American gothic supernatural horror film directed by Corin Hardy. The screenplay by Gary Dauberman is from a story by James Wan and Dauberman. It is a spin-off of 2016’s The Conjuring 2 and the fifth installment in The Conjuring series, and stars Demián Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, Charlotte Hope, Ingrid Bisu, Lili Bourdán,  and Bonnie Aarons. The film is set to release on September 7, 2018.

The Plot: In 1952 Romania, a nun, a Catholic priest and a novice, sent by the Vatican, investigate the mysterious suicidal death of a nun at the Cârta Monastery.

 

BuzzFeed and The CW’s Spells and Spirits

SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 20: (L-R) Sarah Jeffery, Melonie Diaz and Madeleine Mantock attend BuzzFeed Presents: SPELLS & SPIRITS Conjured By The CW “Charmed” at Altitude Sky Lounge on July 20, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for BuzzFeed/The CW)

BuzzFeed and The CW’s Spells and Spirits in honor of the magical new series Charmed during the 2018 Comic-Con in San Diego.

Charmed is an upcoming American fantasy drama television series developed by Jennie Snyder Urman. This series is a reboot of The WB series of the same name, created by Constance M. Burge, which originally aired from 1998 to 2006. The series was greenlit on May 11, 2018.

On May 17, 2018, The CW announced it will premiere on Sunday at 9pm on the Fall schedule of 2018-2019 television season.

Jennie Snyder Urman will serve as an executive producer, along with Jessica O’Toole, Amy Rardin, Brad Silberling, Ben Silverman and Carter Covington.

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WIRED Café at 2018 Comic-Con

 

Day 1 at the WIRED Café included the casts of Mr. Mercedes, Star vs. The Forces of Evil, Sacred Lies, and other celebrity guests including John Huertas (This Is Us) and more!

Seen at the WIRED Cafe:
The Mr. Mercedes cast took time to check out the  Mr. Mercedes activation as a group.
Breeda Wool proved that she’s the ultimate cool girl by admitting that the airline lost her luggage so she showed up in the same outfit she wore on the plane and still looked incredible.
Jon Huertas caught a late lunch with friends at the WIRED Café.
Adam McArthur, who is trained in martial arts, busted out a back flip during the Star vs. The Forces of Evil cast’s Facebook Live segment.

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Tom Cruise honored as 2018 Pioneer of the year at CinemaCon in Las Vegas – CRUISE IS THE FIRST MOVIE STAR TO RECEIVE THE AWARD

 

Tom Cruise, 2018 Will Rogers Pioneer Recipient

The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation (WRMPPF) honored Tom Cruise, multiple Academy Award nominee and three-time Golden Globe winner, as its 2018 Pioneer of the Year. Director, producer and Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie presented Cruise with the prestigious award at the Foundation’s annual Pioneer of the Year dinner, which took place Wednesday night at Caesars Palace during the National Association of Theaters Owners (NATO) annual convention, CinemaCon.

Cruise was honored before an audience of 2,500 motion picture executives consisting of film studio chiefs, theatrical distribution heads, and exhibition presidents and CEOs. Multiple Emmy-winning actor and comedian James Corden surprised guests to emcee the evening that included a special performance by Tony and Grammy Award-winning Hamilton star Leslie Odom, Jr. Additional appearances were made by actors Angela Bassett, Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg and Paramount Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim Gianopulos.

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‘Michael Jackson’ and ‘Paul McCartney’ Amp Up the Star Power in Terry Fator’s Show at the Mirage Hotel & Casino.

Terry Fator celebrated his 9th anniversary at The Mirage with the addition of the legendary pop stars. On Monday, March 12, 2018, Terry Fator celebrated his 9th anniversary at The Mirage. When Fator first began his Las Vegas run, he vowed to continuously keep the show fresh and introduce new characters each year as a thank you to fans.
With that said, two music legends joined the cast to celebrate this special anniversary: the King of Pop himself “Michael Jackson” appears on stage with Fator as they treat the audience to a medley of Michael’s greatest hits. Fator then shows off his ambidextrous puppeteering skills when “Paul McCartney” joins Michael on stage for a duet that features Fator working with both puppets at one time. Fans are then treated to Paul in the solo spotlight…okay with Terry’s help…performing his special take on Beatles classics.

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Dan Reynolds “Believer” premiere at the MGM Hotel & Casino

On Thursday, March 8,  MGM Grand hosted an exclusive screening of Believer, co-produced by and starring Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds. The film documents one of the most prominent Mormons in Las Vegas challenging the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the wake of an alarming, decade-long spike in suicides among LDS youth in Utah, which has been directly attributed to the church’s hard-line opposition to homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Continue reading Dan Reynolds “Believer” premiere at the MGM Hotel & Casino

WORLD’S FIRST SAW-THEMED ESCAPE EXPERIENCE TO OPEN IN LAS VEGAS

Based on Lionsgate’s blockbuster horror film franchise, the SAW Escape Experience
will be one of the largest immersive escape experiences in the world
Egan Productions, creative masterminds behind Las Vegas’ top-ranked haunted attraction Fright Dome, has partnered with Hollywood film studio and global content leader Lionsgate to bring to life the world’s first immersive escape experience themed after the blockbuster SAW films.  SAW is one of the most successful horror franchises ever, grossing nearly $1 billion at the worldwide box office.  The Las Vegas venue is set to open on January 26, 2018.
‘The Official SAW Escape Experience’ will feature numerous themed rooms where guests will go toe-to-toe with the notorious Jigsaw. After entering what appears to be an old, abandoned meat-packing plant, guests will be plunged into a world of traps and puzzles where they will need to work together to escape not just a single room, but the twists and turns of an entire building. The iconic SAW bathroom scene will be just one of the many highlights along the way, as visitors are put to the test in what has been designed to be an entirely immersive experience and one of the largest escape attractions in the world.

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“I could play Daryl Dixon forever,” he said at Variety‘s Entertainment Summit at CES 2018.

Norman Reedus, star of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” said he feels like he could portray redneck character Daryl Dixon on the hit zombie series indefinitely. But of course, even though “Walking Dead” has proven to be a major success for AMC which has turned the franchise into a “365-days-per-year” fan experience it eventually will have to come to an end, said Charlie Collier, president and GM of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. The show is currently in the middle of its 8th season. “We talk about it all the time how do you make sure it goes as long as it can, while still being a responsible business?” Collier said. “We talk about whenever it ends, that it’s Smithsonian-worthy.” He added that “this is a fun ride for everyone involved” but acknowledged that “it’s a far more expensive show in every way than it was on Day One.”

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Iggy Azalea performs during a Monster CES party at Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace

A packed crowd at the Omnia Nightclub in Las Vegas went wild as singer Iggy Azalea came on the stage and to sing some of her well-known songs. Azalea is the new spokesperson for Monster Products as they launch their new line of products during CES. Continue reading Iggy Azalea performs during a Monster CES party at Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace

Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Will Headline Monster CES 2018 Concert

Monster said rock guitarist Joe Perry of Aerosmith will headline its annual CES concert in January. This year’s concert and awards program, which honors the company’s top retail partners, will be held at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas on Jan. 10. This is not the first time Perry has taken the stage for Monster; he also appeared at the Michael Jackson tribute show at CES 2016. He is a brand ambassador for the audio manufacturer and has been collaborating with Monster for a line of CE devices, slated to debut at CES. The concert, titled “The Sound of Rock,” will also feature special guests, Monster said, who will be “handpicked” by Perry. Names will be revealed closer to the show. Monster has a long history of bringing big-name acts to its invite-only annual CES concerts. Past performers include Ray Charles, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, B.B. King, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Fleetwood Mac, John Legend, Steve Miller, and Crosby, Stills and Nash.