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Circa Resort & Casino hosted DPA Drive-Up Grammy Gifting Suite

Few years ago, Nathalie Dubois and DPA produced the official Billboard Music awards DPA gift suite, backstage at the Billboard Music awards for Dick Clark Productions, at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas. She always knew she will come back for an event in Vegas. In February 2021, in the middle of the Covid-19 crisis in LA, she created the first “Drive up”, the week of the Golden Globes. Stars nominated for a Globe came to a hotel, open their trunks, and got all their presents. It was more than a drive up; it was a party! Everybody came out of their cars and took pictures with the products. Huge success for DPA! The firm (owner of giftingsuite.com) used that lockdown time, to revamp its concept and stayed alive.

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A TRULY MAD AFFAIR: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S NEW LAS VEGAS SHOW MAD APPLE SNEAK PEEK PREVIEW AT NEW YORK-NEW YORK HOTEL & CASINO FEBRUARY 22, 2022

Featuring Comedian Brad Williams, Mad Apple will be a Wild NYC-Inspired Night with Comedy, Acrobatics, Music, Dance and Magic

With nearly four decades at the forefront of groundbreaking entertainment, Cirque du Soleil will debut a completely new and wickedly fun Las Vegas production Mad Apple at New York-New York Hotel & Casino on May 26, 2022. Mad Apple will be a delicious Cirque du Soleil cocktail of music, comedy, magic and mayhem that puts NYC nightlife under the Las Vegas lights.

Featuring comedian Brad Williams, freestyle rapper Chris Turner and vocalist Xharlie Black amongst the incredibly talented cast of 39 people, Mad Apple will be a nonstop New York thrill ride from the moment guests enter the theater. From pre-show magic and boozy libations at the stunning stage bar, to the band playing hits inspired by NYC’s most famous musicians and composers, Mad Apple will blur the lines between circus, live entertainment and New York nightlife culture.

Mad Apple will deliver a night of joy and entertainment with the thrilling backdrop of New York City,” said Simon Painter, Mad Apple concept co-creator and executive producer. “We’ve taken inspiration from the city’s rich musical history, legendary comedy scene and unrivaled nightlife, and combined it with the wow factor of Cirque du Soleil to create an experience that will feel like a giant party from start to finish.” Mad Apple is the first Cirque du Soleil production in creative collaboration with Painter and Neil Dorward, the show’s co-creator and director. Painter was the creator behind several celebrated productions including The Illusionists; his company The Works was purchased by Cirque in February 2019.

Featuring six brash acts and a dynamic makeup of musicians, dancers, comedians, magicians and circus performers, Mad Apple rewrites the script for Cirque du Soleil entertainment. Each act will reflect a different nocturnal side of New York, brought to life by underground stars, high-flying acrobats, street performers, up-and-coming entertainers, and the biggest musical hits to come out of the City.

Eric Grilly, Cirque du Soleil president of resident and affiliate show divisions, said, “We’re excited to share a completely reimagined experience from Cirque du Soleil with a show that fuses the spirit and creativity of the two ‘Cities that Never Sleep.’ Cirque has long been known for celebrating the limits of human ability, and Mad Apple will continue this revered tradition. To this, we’re adding acts and artists you wouldn’t expect to find on a Cirque du Soleil stage. The end result will be exactly what we’re known for –creative, astonishing and enjoyable live entertainment.”

New York-New York’s president & COO Mike Neubecker said, “There couldn’t be a better fit for a resort inspired by New York City than Mad Apple. We are beyond thrilled to welcome this new evolution of Cirque du Soleil and know our guests will be in for the time of their lives.”

Previews for Mad Apple begin on May 12, with tickets starting at $49. Mad Apple will celebrate its premiere May 26; tickets are available for shows beginning May 27 and start at $59. Tickets are now on sale at MadAppleLV.com.

2022 Taste of the NFL

Top celebrity chefs, including Andrew Zimmern and Carla Hall, joined 2,500 guests at the highly popular, purpose-driven culinary party on Saturday, February 12th to end hunger by raising funds for the nonprofit organization GENYOUth.

On Saturday, February 12th with a record-breaking heat wave of 90 degrees in Los Angeles, 2,500 hungry guests gathered at this year’s annual and highly popular Taste of the NFL event held at the famed Petersen Automotive Museum. Top celebrity chefs, including Andrew Zimmern, Carla Hall, Tim Love, Ming Tsai, Lasheeda Perry and Mark Bucher joined together to participate in a friendly, but competitive, live cook off. Separated into teams NFC (Tsai, Love and Perry) and AFC (Zimmern, Hall Bucher), the celebs whipped up an array of innovative dishes and tasty tailgate specialties that were served to guests and earned rave reviews. Some of the sweet and savory items they made were root beer glazed pop overs, worcestershire infused michelada drinks, sweet and sour meatballs and gluten-free, vegan power pocket cheese burgers. Celeb chef Marcus Samuelsson cheered from the audience and team NFC was announced as the winner of the cook off.

“The Taste of the NFL is one of the most fun events and one of the most important,” Tsai told The Knockturnal moments before the cook off. “Us chefs, above everything, we love to make people happy through food and we also want to make sure to leave our mark by giving back. So here at this event, we get to do both. We are able to make a lot of delicious food and raise a couple of millions of dollars for the GENYOUth organization. The fact that one out of four children are hungry, that’s a stat that has to be eliminated. We’re in America. We’re the smartest most powerful country in the world. So if all of us can help just a little bit, and also bring awareness, that’s a huge win, win.”

Established in 1992, Taste of the NFL has become a yearly important fixture during the Super Bowl created to raise money and awareness in the fight against hunger and food insecurity. The NFL is partnering with the nonprofit organization GENYOUth to support children in the U.S. who are food insecure. All net proceeds raised from the Taste of the NFL will benefit GENYOUth’s End Student Hunger fund.

Throughout the party, guests roamed around the numerous outdoor food stalls enjoying the free flowing cuisine, such as lobster rolls chilled with mayo from Broad Street Oyster Co., beef and cheese empanadas, Cajun crab stuffed mushroom caps, nitrogen artisanal cookies ‘n cream ice cream from Super Cool Creamy and thirst-quenching alcoholic drinks. NFL greats, including Charles Woodson, Miles Sanders and Leonard Wheeler were spotted signing autographs and posing for selfies with fans during the four-hour all access food event. Other celebs at the party included Miss America 2022 Emma Broyles and Lisa Leslie, the former WNBA star.

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The Birthday Cake Movie Premiere Las Vegas ,Nevada

On June 11, the Mob Museum in Las Vegas hosted an invite-only VIP premiere of the movie “The Birthday Cake,” starring Shiloh Fernandez, Penn Badgley, Ewan McGregor, Val Kilmer, Lorraine Bracco, Ashley Benson, Aldis Hodge, Emory Cohen, Vincent Pastore and Jeremy Allen White and more.

“The Birthday Cake” takes place one fateful evening in the life of Gio, the son of a murdered mobster and the nephew of Brooklyn mob boss, Angelo. On the 10th anniversary of his father’s mysterious death, Gio carries on the family tradition of bringing a cake his mother baked to this uncle’s house for a celebration. Two hours into the night, Gio’s life is forever changed as he begins to piece together what really happened to his father and ultimately comes face to face with the type of violence he has managed to avoid his whole life.

The Bourne Stuntacular Opens at Universal Orlando, June 30th!

2020 man, it’s a terrible year. But I do have one thing to look forward to and that’s my visit to Universal Orlando on December 5 and 6th. I’m doing the really cool Orlando Informer Meetup Event which is a paid VIP event that gives you the full run of Universal Orlando after hours and includes free food and drink with almost no crowds. Why am I mentioning this? It’s because The Bourne Stuntacular, based on Universal Pictures’ blockbuster Bourne film franchise, will grand open on June 30, 2020, so presumably, it’ll be open when I visit in December.

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24th Annual Power of Love Gala Honors Neil Diamond

Keep Memory Alive’s 24th annual Power of Love gala at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, March 7 brought top artists and performers Billy Ray Cyrus, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Kelsey Grammer, Sammy Hagar, Derek Hough, Chris Isaak, Jimmy Kimmel, Katlyn Nichols, Greg Phillinganes and more together to honor music legend Neil Diamond and raise crucial funds and awareness for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

Also in attendance were Paula Abdul, star of E!’s hit TV show “Botched” Paul Nassif, M.D., “Bar Rescue” star Jon Taffer, British singer Matt Goss, jeweler Steven Lagos, chef Hubert Keller, magician Hans Klok, photocomposer Ryszard Horowitz and owner Mark Davis, president Marc Badain and coach Jon Gruden of the Las Vegas Raiders.

Paying tribute to Diamond’s iconic music, Cyrus opened the show with a rousing performance of “I’m a Believer,” followed by Isaak’s cover of “Solitary Man.” Hough introduced Edmonds and Nichols’ soulful rendition of “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” before Grammer announced Hagar’s performance of “Thank the Lord for the Nighttime.”

Keep Memory Alive Founder and Chairman Larry Ruvo and Kimmel presented Diamond with an award in honor of his impactful musical contributions to the world, followed by a proclamation of March 7 as “Neil Diamond Day” in Las Vegas.

Kimmel added, “I love Las Vegas and I love Neil Diamond. Not only do I love Neil, but my parents love him, my friends love him, my children love him.

Neil Diamond is an amazing songwriter and singer and I think you will agree that no Jewish man looks better in sequins than Neil Diamond.”

Diamond said, “I’m feeling great. This is an important thing they’re doing and I feel honored to be part of it and take part in it.”
Diamond then took to the stage, delivering a surprise mini concert of his hits including, “Hello Again,” “Forever in Blue Jeans,” “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Love on Rocks,” “I Am…I Said” and “September Morn.” The audience jumped to their feet and sang along for a finale of “Sweet Caroline,” as Cyrus, Hagar, Isaak, Kimmel and Nichols joined him on stage. Marking his first live performance since announcing his retirement from touring in 2018 due to his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease,

Celebrity chefs Wolfgang Puck and Masaharu Morimoto prepared exquisite cuisine paired with wines from Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, followed by a showstopping dessert from MGM Grand Pastry Team that featured a cocktail wrapped with cotton candy.

Guests bid on exceptional experiences and items during the silent and live auctions, including a private dinner with Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, lunch with David Beckham in Miami, a seven-day cruise off the coast of Australia aboard a superyacht and a luxury suite for the Las Vegas Raiders season home opener.

The evening generated the majority of annual revenue for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health to provide service, care and resources for patients and their caregivers in the fight against neurodegenerative disorders including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s diseases; multiple system atrophy; frontotemporal dementia and related disorders; multiple sclerosis and more. There is a chance to help raise money each year, so make sure to save the date for the 25th annual Power of Love gala happening on May 22, 2021 at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Women in Film Oscar Nominees Party

Women In Film, LA kicked off Oscars weekend at Sunset Room Hollywood with its 13th Annual Women In Film Oscar Nominees Party with Tony Award Winner Idina Menzel and Best Picture Oscar Winner and WIF, LA Board President Emerita Cathy Schulman. The evening honored all 65 women, in front of and behind the camera, who have been nominated for an Academy Award this year.

Over 35 nominees in attendance including Sandy Powell, Diane Warren, Arianne Phillips, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Shannon McIntosh, and more. Additional guests included Connie Britton, Kyra Sedgwick, Beanie Feldstein, Caitriona Balfe, Dove Cameron, Lydia Hearst, Haley Lu Richardson, Logan Browning, Lake Bell, Rachel Roy, Nikki Reed, Hari Nef, Madeline Brewer, Angelique Cabral, Xosha Roquemore and more.

Industrial Light & Magic Conversation and Dolby Cinema Reception

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ROCKETMAN is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story – set to Elton John’s most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton – tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture.

ROCKETMAN also stars Jamie Bell as Elton’s longtime lyricist and writing partner

Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as Elton’s first manager, John Reid, and Bryce

Dallas Howard as Elton’s mother Sheila Farebrother.

RICKY MARTIN, ROSELYN SÁNCHEZ, AND PAZ VEGA TO HOST THE 20TH ANNUAL LATIN GRAMMY AWARDS®

The Latin Recording Academy® today announced that three-time Latin GRAMMY® winner, 2006 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year™, and two-time GRAMMY® winner Ricky Martin will host the 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards® alongside internationally renowned actresses Roselyn Sánchez and Paz Vega. The 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live on Univision from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 14 from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central).

Martin, who will host for the first time, has been a part of The Latin Recording Academy’s history since the inaugural Latin GRAMMY Awards in 2000, where he was nominated for two awards and delivered one of the most memorable performances to date. Sánchez joins as a host for the fourth time, after hosting the 16th, 17th, and 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards.Vega will host the show for the first time.

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Tom Hanks, Recipient of the 2020 Cecil B. deMille Award

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced that eight-time Golden Globe winner and 15-time nominee, Tom Hanks, will be honored with the coveted Cecil B. deMille Award at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The highly-acclaimed star of such legendary films such as Big, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Cast Away, and the upcoming release of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood will accept the honor at Hollywood’s Party of the Year® on Sunday, January 5, 2020 airing LIVE coast-to-coast from 5-8 p.m. PT/8-11 p.m. ET on NBC.

“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is proud to bestow the 2020 Cecil B. deMille Award to Tom Hanks,” said HFPA President Lorenzo Soria. “For more than three decades, he’s captivated audiences with rich and playful characters that we’ve grown to love and admire. As compelling as he is on the silver screen, he’s equally so behind the camera as a writer, producer, and director. We’re honored to include Mr. Hanks with such luminaries as Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Martin Scorsese, and Barbra Streisand to name a few.”

Chosen by the HFPA Board of Directors, the Cecil B. deMille Award is given annually to a talented individual who has made a lasting impact on the film industry. Honorees over the decades include Jeff Bridges, Robert De Niro, Audrey Hepburn, Harrison Ford, Jodie Foster, Sophia Loren, Sidney Poitier, Steven Spielberg, Denzel Washington, Robin Williams, and many more.

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PLAYING WITH FIRE LIGHT UP THE RED CARPET IN NYC!

When straight-laced fire superintendent Jake Carson (John Cena) and his elite team of expert firefighters (Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo and Tyler Mane) come to the rescue of three siblings (Brianna Hildebrand, Christian Convery and Finley Rose Slater) in the path of an encroaching wildfire, they quickly realize that no amount of training could prepare them for their most challenging job yet – babysitters. Unable to locate the children’s parents, the firefighters have their lives, jobs and even their fire depot turned upside down and quickly learn that kids – much like fires -are wild and unpredictable.

STARRING: John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo, Brianna Hildebrand, Dennis Haysbert, Judy Greer