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Aerosmith helps Steven Tyler raise more than $2 million for his Janie’s Fund charity at Grammy Viewing Party

Billboard reports that the event, held at Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles, raised a total of $2.8 million for Janie’s Fund, which helps young female victims of physical and sexual abuse.

Among the many celebrities in attendance were Mark Wahlberg, Sharon Stone, Alice Cooper, Duff McKagan, Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, X Ambassadors, producer David Foster, Kelsey Grammer and Caitlyn Jenner.

This year’s fundraiser was a significantly larger event than the inaugural Grammy Viewing Party. “That’s what we wanted,” Tyler told Billboard during the benefit. “It means people are starting to feel it in their heart and they understand our mission!”

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HOLLYWOOD AND THE ART WORLD UNITED TO SAVE LIVES AT 24th ANNUAL LA ART SHOW OPENING NIGHT GALA, BENEFITTING ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL

On Wednesday, January 23, Hollywood stars joined thousands of VIPs in LA’s thriving arts community at the LA Convention Center for the 24th Annual LA Art Show Opening Night Gala, benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the 5th year in a row. Boasting record breaking attendance, all proceeds from the sale of Patron and Vanguard tickets and 15 percent of sales of Friend tickets went directly to the charity. All attendees of the Opening Night Premiere party supported the lifesaving mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children.®

Kate Beckinsale drew a crowd as the evening’s host, meeting with St. Jude patient families and delivering an address about the organization’s mission to the VIP area. Gavin Rossdale, an avid collector and this year’s Art Ambassador, reminded the audience that art can save lives. They were joined by previous host Emma Roberts, and stars such as Jessica Szohr, Peyton List, Cameron Monaghan, Joe Manganiello, Lance Bass, Amy Smart, Odette Annable, Brandon Boyd, Brigitte Nielsen, Evan Williams Bailee Madison, Kevin Zegers, Perrey Reeves, Amber Stevens West, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Naomi Grossman, Davi Santos, Barry Sloane, Brittney Palmer, Ian Bohen, Denim Richards, Celeste Thorson and many more. Art stars Tristan Eaton, Camille Rose Garcia, Jorge R. Gutierrez, Gregory Siff, Dave Pressler, Brandi Milne, Dosshaus, Mikael B, and hundreds more were in attendance.

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PARAMOUNT PICTURES AND EXHIBITION PARTNERS LAUNCH “GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT” ADVANCE SCREENINGS TO THE COMEDY WHAT MEN WANT

Fans will have the opportunity to see the film early for one day only, on Wednesday, February 6th at 7:00pm

Paramount Pictures announced that on Wednesday, February 6th, fans at select theatres in the U.S. will have the chance to attend paid WHAT MEN WANT Girls’ Night Out Screenings.

Fans who participate in this one-day only event will get the chance to grab their friends for a fun night out and see the film on the big screen before it opens nationwide on Friday, February 8th. Tickets will be on sale for the prevailing price at participating locations, and each paid admission includes a ticket to the movie, bonus content and a free WHAT MEN WANT cocktail glass at all participating theatres while supplies last. Some circuits will offer special concession deals, specialty beverages themed around the movie, and/or more.  Offers will vary from circuit to circuit and theatre to theatre.

Showtime will be 7:00PM at all participating locations, with 335 theatres participating in over 70 markets. Over 200 of the screenings to take place at theatres with bars and/or with beer/wine & frozen drink service.

Tickets go on sale Friday, January 18th at WhatMenWantMovie.com as well as at participating theatre box offices and respective exhibitor ticketing sites.

Maya Cinemas brings Luxury Theater to North Las Vegas

A $75 million cinema center opened its doors Thursday in North Las Vegas, paving the way for future development in the NLV downtown area.

Maya Cinemas are located on North Las Vegas Boulevard, between Lake Mead Boulevard and Carey Avenue, and includes 14 screens, an arcade, cantina, and event space. It also boasts some of the largest displays in Nevada, with one larger than IMAX and other theaters featuring chairs that move along with a movie.

“It’s a dream come true for me,” says Maya Cinemas CEO Moctezuma Esparza.

He also said he specifically chose the site, which was once a dirt lot, because he wanted to benefit the underserved community in North Las Vegas, as many residents had to drive at least 20 minutes to go the movies.

But the cinema is all part of a larger goal to spur development in downtown North Las Vegas.

Councilman Isaac Barron says he’s glad to see a family-friendly space where the community can gather.

“Economic development is the best tool for combatting crime and poverty,” Barron said.

In addition to showing everything mainstream theaters have, they also plan to showcase documentaries, international, and foreign language films.

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AUBREY PLAZA TO HOST 34TH FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS

Film Independent announced that Aubrey Plaza (Ingrid Goes West, Legion, Parks & Recreation) will host the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The Spirit Awards are the primary fundraiser for Film Independent’s year-round programs, which cultivate the careers of emerging filmmakers and promote diversity in the industry.

Nominees were announced by Gemma Chan (Crazy Rich Asians, Captain Marvel, Mary Queen of Scots) and Molly Shannon (Divorce, Private Life, Other People) at a press conference on November 16.

Best Feature nominees include Eighth Grade, First Reformed, If Beale Street Could Talk, Leave No Trace and You Were Never Really Here. The show will broadcast live exclusively on IFC at 2:00 pm PT/ 5:00 pm ET on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

“I am truly honored and delighted to host the Spirits Awards this year,” said Host Aubrey Plaza. “It is a dream come true to host a show that celebrates my greatest loves… independent film, the people that make them possible and live television!”

HALLOWEEN – NOW ON DIGITAL DECEMBER 28, 2018

JAMIE LEE CURTIS RETURNS AS LAURIE STRODE TO SEEK HER REVENGE IN THE INTENSE THRILLER

The infamous killer Michael Myers strikes again in Halloween, arriving on Digital and via the digital movie app MOVIES ANYWHERE on December 28, 2018, as well as on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-rayTM, DVD and On Demand on January 15, 2019. Hailed by critics as “a near perfect blend of craft, character growth and nostalgia” (Perri Nemiroff, Collider), Halloween takes place four decades after Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis,Halloween Franchise, “Scream Queens”) narrowly escaped the masked Michael Myers’ brutal killing spree. Packed with bonus features including chilling deleted and extended scenes as well as special featurettes showing behind-the-scenes looks at creating the film, Halloween delivers spine-chilling, hair-raising intensity and thrills to both new and repeat viewers.

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FOCUS FEATURES, PARTICIPANT MEDIA AND GATHR FILMS COMBINE FORCES WITH EXHIBITORS INCLUDING AMC, REGAL AND CINEMARK FOR NATIONWIDE ADVANCED SCREENINGS OF UPCOMING FILM ON THE BASIS OF SEX

Exclusive Event on January 9 to Support the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Gathr Films, Focus Features and Participant Media today announced an exclusive, advanced screening opportunity of Participant Media’s On the Basis of Sex, distributed by Focus Features and inspired by a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg, starring Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer. For one night only, on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, audiences across the U.S. will have the opportunity to see this inspiring film before it opens in theaters nationwide on January 11. The film debuts in select theaters on December 25.

As part of the event, all advanced screenings of On the Basis of Sex will  provide an opportunity for ticket buyers to donate to  the American Civil Liberities Union’s Women’s Rights Project, which Justice Ginsburg helped co-found in 1972, and is a leader today in establishing essential protections for women and ensuring women have equal rights in every realm of life – in the workplace, in education, in the criminal justice system, in the home, and in public.

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BRADLEY COOPER TO RECEIVE DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD AT 30th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FILM AWARDS GALA

The 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Bradley Cooper with the Director of the Year Award for A Star is Born at its annual Film Awards Gala.  The Film Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart and Entertainment Tonight, and presented by American Express, will be held on Thursday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 3-14.

“Bradley Cooper makes a stunning directorial debut with A Star is Born,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “Cooper captures authentic performances in this moving film that has emotionally resonated with audiences everywhere and is sure to be celebrated as one of the best pictures of the year. It is our honor to present the Director of the Year Award to Bradley Cooper.”

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Jeff Bridges to receive the 2019 Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes

Jeff Bridges will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2019 Golden Globes. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its official selection Monday for this life achievement award slated for NBC’s 76th annual ceremony on January 6.

Bridges won the Oscar and Golden Globe for his leading performance in the 2009 film “Crazy Heart.” He is a five-time Globe nominee and seven-time contender at the Academy Awards. Those nominations were for “The Last Picture Show,” “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot,” “Starman,” “The Contender,” “Crazy Heart,” “True Grit” and “Hell or High Water.”

Carol Burnett to receive new TV achievement Golden Globe award named in her honor.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced that legendary TV icon Carol Burnett will receive the first-ever Golden Globe television special achievement award, aptly named the Carol Burnett Award, honoring the highest level of achievement in the medium. A five-time Golden Globe winner and the most decorated of all time in the television category, Burnett will accept the honor at the awards ceremony that will air live coast to coast on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019 from 5-8 p.m. PT/8-11 p.m. ET on NBC from The Beverly Hilton.

Viewed by millions around the world, the Golden Globes is the premier ceremony to honor the very best in television and film. As the television landscape continues to evolve with more thought-provoking programming, diverse roles and best in class content, the HFPA has established the Carol Burnett Award to celebrate the medium’s new Golden Age. Equivalent to its film accolade counterpart, the Cecil B. DeMille Award, the Carol Burnett Award will be presented annually to an honoree who has made outstanding contributions to television on or off the screen. Future recipients will be chosen based on their body of work and the lasting impact that their television career achievements have had on both the industry and audiences.

“For more than 50 years, comedy trailblazer Carol Burnett has been breaking barriers while making us laugh,” said HFPA President Meher Tatna. “She was the first woman to host a variety sketch show, The Carol Burnett Show. She was also the first woman to win both the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and Kennedy Center Honors. And now we add another first to her running list: the first recipient and namesake of the new Golden Globe top honor for achievement in television, the Carol Burnett Award. We are profoundly grateful for her contributions to the entertainment industry and honored to celebrate her legacy forever at the Golden Globes.”

EXCLUSIVE FAN SCREENING OF BUMBLEBEE ON DECEMBER 3, 2018 AT CINESTAR BERLIN

EXCLUSIVE FAN SCREENING OF BUMBLEBEE IN BERLIN

HAILEE STEINFELD, JOHN CENA AND DIRECTOR TRAVIS KNIGHT PRESENT THE CINEMATIC HIGHLIGHT OF WINTER 2018 AT THE EXCLUSIVE FAN SCREENING OF BUMBLEBEE ON DECEMBER 3, 2018 AT CINESTAR BERLIN, SONY CENTER IN BERLIN, GERMANY.

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.

Bumblebee is a prequel movie in the Transformers film franchise, taking place 20 years before Michael Bay’s original movie. It entered development in 2016, with Christina Hodson signing on to write the script. In 2017, Travis Knight was hired to direct, making him the first person other than Bay to helm a Transformers movie. Most of the principal cast was revealed in May and July 2017, prior to filming. Production began in July and ran through November 2017.

Cast :

Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Jason Drucker, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, Ricardo Hoyos, Gracie Dzienny.

BUMBLEBEE is in Theatres December 21st, 2018 (US)