You all know how much I love Universal Orlando. But sadly its a park that is in dire need of some new rides and a refresh. The first phase of my desire has mysteriously materialized in the brand new Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure set to premiere this June! Mark your calendars because Draco Malfoy himself, Tom Felton will be on hand Tuesday, March 12th to unveil the long awaited adventure. The ride officially opens June 13, 2019.
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.
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!”
If you happen to be in the San Joes area, this could be fun. Cinemark and SPACES are bringing the future of entertainment to today where guests of all ages enter an exhilarating “Terminator” experience that blends 4D effects, 3D face scanning, physical interaction, wind, movement and social group play. Tickets are now available at cinemark.com/spaces. The experience is at the brand-new, multi-sensory virtual reality (VR) SPACES Center at Cinemark’s Century 20 Oakridge and XD theatre in San Jose.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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)
Universal Studios Hollywood Resurrects Cinematic Icons in All-New “Halloween Horror Nights” Maze Inspired by the Original Universal Monsters
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.
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.