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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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Universal Orlando Resorts Gets Urban Pantry

What’s new in amusement park land? Opening August 2018, Universal’s Aventura Hotel will introduce something new and different to Orlando’s theme park food scene. Urban Pantry will be Aventura Hotel’s modern food hall, which will serve an eclectic collection of amazing eats and perfectly paired drinks available at Universal Orlando’s newest Prime Value hotel.

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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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Hollywood walked the green carpet at second annual Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival

Earth Day was yesterday, so what better way to celebrate the environment than with the second annual EARTH FOCUS ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL!  With the need for awareness of issues surrounding our environment, KCET public television in Los Angeles and independent satellite network Link TV nationwide brought back the second annual  Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival last Friday,  April 20 with a private “Green Carpet” event to celebrate LA’s only environmental film festival. I had the chance to chat with various attendees of the green carpet event and see how Hollywood celebrates the environment…

 

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Hollywood actors launch “This Bar Saves Lives” to battle child hunger

This Bar Saves Lives co-founders & friends of the brand (L – R) Ryan Devlin, Ravi Patel, Kristen Bell, Todd Grinnell, Troian Belessario and Patrick Adams

Being a huge sweet tooth, I can’t say no to a delicious sweet snack.  Having  being heavily involved with medical mission work in Latin America and Asia, I’m also a big advocate of community service.  So what better way to give back to the community, or the world, than buying a great tasting candy bar that goes toward giving life-saving nutrition to a child in need! That is exactly what co-founders/ brand advocates Kristen Bell (The Good Place, Frozen 2), Ryan Devlin (Jane the Virgin),  and Ravi Patel (Master of None, Wrecked), Todd Grinnell (One Day at a Time) did when they launched This Bear Saves Lives in 2013.  Brand advocates Patrick Adams (Suits), and Troian Bellesario (Pretty Little Liars) and CEO Paul Yoo during the brand’s launch event yesterday at Ysabel in West Hollywood.  I had the opportunity to chat with some of the founders and friends of the brand during the This Bar Saves Lives launch event at Ysabel in West Hollywood yesterday.

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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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