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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)

Uncover Secret Bars, Private Patios, and To-Die-For Specialty Cocktails at Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor

Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor
Stumble Upon the Strongest Spirits at Dark Harbor and Sip on a 
Green Gummy Bear, Watery Grave, S.O.S. and More
September 27 – November 2
Darkness will once again descend upon the legendary Queen Mary in Long Beach for Dark Harbor, Southern California’s most terrifyingly authentic haunt, with six mazes, private patios, and FOUR new captivating secret bars masked in menacing darkness, waiting to be uncovered. Those daring enough will have the opportunity to venture through Dark Harbor in hopes of stumbling upon the demented delights brewing within The SideBar, Door 13, The Line Up, and The Broken Compass. Guests are encouraged to push their curiosity, mingle with monsters, and test their fears in hopes of discovering the strongest spirits at Dark Harbor to sip on the to-die-for new specialty cocktails that only lurk within.
“All throughout Dark Harbor, monsters and crew members will possess a select number of wooden tokens to distribute. These tokens provide a mystifying clue hinting at the location of an access point,” hinted Charity Hill, Executive Producer Dark Harbor. “Everyone is going to want to be in a secret bar. It’s our ultimate bar experience. And this year, one of the secret bars is a place on the ship where people have wanted to gather for years and we’ve never opened it up to Dark Harbor, until now.”

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New “Universal Monsters” Maze Features Original Score by GRAMMY Award Winner and Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame Guitarist, SLASH

Universal Studios Hollywood Resurrects Cinematic Icons in All-New “Halloween Horror Nights” Maze Inspired by the Original Universal Monsters

2018 Universal Horror Nights

It’s alive! Inspired by Universal’s original cinematic Monsters and the studio that invented the horror film, Universal Studios Hollywood unearths an all-new “Halloween Horror Nights” maze based on the original “Universal Monsters”…with a terrifying contemporary twist on these classic horror icons.

The new maze will also feature an original score produced and composed by celebrated GRAMMY® Award-winning musician, SLASH, long hailed as one of the 10 best electric guitar-players of all time.

At its core, “Halloween Horror Nights” is an extension of the horror film legacy originated by Universal Pictures and introduced to audiences in the 1920s…with a staple of classic Universal Monsters that dominated the silver screen, including Dracula, The Phantom of the Opera, Frankenstein’s Monster and The Wolf Man.

“Halloween Horror Nights” continues to pay homage to these creatures of the night in this new maze by reawakening more than a dozen of these iconic classic Monsters. The essence of the maze will underscore each of their unique attributes and reimagine them into terrifying modern day characters. At a glance, resurrected monsters will include The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, The Phantom of the Opera, Dracula, Dracula’s Bride, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Bride of Frankenstein and The Mummy, to name a few.

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“STRANGER THINGS” COMES TO LIFE AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS’ HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS

Universal Horror Nights

For the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Singapore are partnering with Netflix to bring “Stranger Things” to life at this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” events. Fans of the series will get the chance to brave the Upside Down and confront the supernatural as each park debuts all-new mazes inspired by season one of the critically-acclaimed series.

The parallel universe, referred to as the Upside Down that terrorized the small town of Hawkins, Indiana in Netflix’s mega-hit “Stranger Things,” will bring the chittering, predatory Demogorgon to “Halloween Horror Nights” to stalk unwitting guests as they encounter iconic scenes, characters and environments from the mesmerizing series.

Working collaboratively with Netflix, along with the creators and executive producer of the blockbuster series—Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer and Shawn Levy, the mazes at Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Singapore will be authentic representations of “Stranger Things,” designed to transport guests into artfully recreated scenes and storylines. From the menacing Hawkins National Laboratory, under the U.S. Department of Energy, to the Byers home adorned with an erratic display of flashing Christmas lights and the eerie Upside Down woods oozing a shower of floating orb-like spores, the chilling new mazes will offer surprising twists and unexpected turns around every corner.

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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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