2017 Halloween Horror Nights: Titans of Terror attraction debuts at Universal Studios Hollywood

August 7, 2017

Titans of Terror
Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Leatherface (Photo courttesy of Universal Studios Hollywood)

Universal Studios Hollywood unites four slasher film legends—Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Leatherface and Chucky—in two all-new terrifying “Titans of Terror” experiences as part of this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” event which kicks off Friday, September 15, 2017.

In the new “Titans of Terror” maze, guests will fall victim to the silver screen’s most deplorable killers whose affinity for bladed weapons redefined the horror movie genre as slasher films: Leatherface (“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”) wielding his iconic chainsaw, Jason Voorhees (“Friday the 13th”) brandishing his relentless machete, and Freddy Krueger (“A Nightmare on Elm Street”) swiping his trademark glove armed with razor blades. The new maze will be an assault on guests’ sensibilities as they descend into the forbidden realms of these horror icons.

Taking terror to an unspeakable level of bloodcurdling screams, the “Titans of Terror Tram Hosted by Chucky” will transport guests into a nightmare of carnage pitting guests against these four modern horror icons, this time led by infamous serial killer doll Chucky (“Child’s Play” franchise). With his faithful army of degenerate chainsaw-wielding Good Guy Dolls, Chucky will unleash havoc upon guests as they navigate a portion of the world-famous backlot.

Further “Terror Tram” encounters will include Jason Voorhees (“Friday the 13th”) at the Crystal Lake Motel where he slaughters newly arrived camp counselors; an ominous confrontation with Freddy Krueger (“A Nightmare on Elm Street”) who takes his ultimate revenge on the town of Springwood; and a final foray through the barn from “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” where Leatherface and the Sawyer family butcher victims for their cannibal cuisine.

Unique to Universal Studios Hollywood, the “Terror Tram” enables “Halloween Horror Nights” guests to walk along an area of the famed movie and television studio, where such sets as the Psycho House and the Bates Motel from Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller, and Steven Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds,” are located.

“Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror. Featuring an all-new slate of unrivaled film production quality mazes and frightful scare zones, “Halloween Horror Nights” will taunt, terrorize and torment guests with spine-chilling haunted attractions as part of Southern California’s most extreme Halloween experience.

Updates on “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood are available online at HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Hollywood and on Facebook at: “Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood,” Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter at @HorrorNights as Creative Director John Murdy reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information. Watch videos on Halloween Horror Nights YouTube and join the conversation using #UniversalHHN.

Bobby Flay and Damaris Phillips team up for ‘The Bobby and Damaris Show’

August 7, 2017

Bobby Flay and Damaris Phlliips
Bobby Flay (pictured at left) and Damaris Phillips (pictured at right) (Photos courtesy of Food Network)

The following is a press release from Food Network:

When Bobby Flay isn’t cooking in one of his restaurants, he is known for hosting some of the best weekend gatherings, cooking and feeding friends who may be visiting for few days or just stopping by to say hello.  This September, Bobby opens his home to viewers and, along with his friend Damaris Phillips, the two cook together and chat up a storm in the new series “The Bobby and Damaris Show,” premiering Sunday, September 3 at 12:30pm ET/PT on Food Network. The two met when Bobby hosted and Damaris won Food Network Star season nine, and neither are ever at a loss for words when talking about their passion for food, American and Southern classics, as well as great cocktails.  Bobby brings his chef sensibility, while Damaris is the self-proclaimed “food geek” and culinary instructor – and she’s not afraid to school her once-mentor and keep him current on the latest trends.  With episode themes from grilling and game day to a fall apple feast, this culinary duo is tops in talking food, testing quirky ideas and entertaining friends who stop by, including Ina Garten, Alex Guarnaschelli and Katie Lee.

“Bobby says he knew from the moment he met Damaris on Food Network Star that they were going to be friends – and their fun-filled banter and good-natured laughs are sure to entertain and even have viewers asking how they can score their own invitation,” said Courtney White, Senior Vice President, Programming, Scripps Networks Interactive. “Our audience will feel like they are spending a casual afternoon with friends, great food and conversation.”

The series kicks off with a grilling-themed episode, because nobody is more obsessed with grilling than Bobby and Damaris loves a food backyard bbq.  Before turning up the heat, Damaris mixes a cool Mango Bellini as the two share their secrets to great backyard entertaining.  Then they head to Bobby’s outdoor kitchen where he fires up the coals to make Mediterranean Grilled Chicken with Green Olive Salsa Verde and Grilled Potatoes with Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette, and Damaris wraps up with a sweet spin on grilling with her Grilled Citrus Icebox Pie.  Upcoming episode themes include comfort food, casseroles and game day.

Viewers can learn more about the hosts and get the featured recipes at FoodNetwork.com/BobbyandDamarisShow.  Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #BobbyandDamarisShow.

2017 Teen Choice Awards: Miley Cyrus to receive Ultimate Choice Award; Shawn Mendes and other celebrity guest appearances announced

August 4, 2017

Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images via ABC)

The following is a press release from Fox:

Singer/songwriter, actress, artist, philanthropist and 18-time Teen Choice winner Miley Cyrus will accept the show’s highest honor, the Ultimate Choice Award, for her involvement in Teen Choice for more than a decade. Cyrus is one of six artists/performers in Teen Choice history to be honored with this award and is nominated for four additional Teen Choice awards this year. The star-studded two-hour event airs Sunday, August 13 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on Fox.

Additionally, the cast from the Teen Choice-nominated Fox show “Star” – Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny (nominated individually for Choice Breakout TV Star) and Brittany O’Grady – are set to perform the world premiere of “Ain’t Thinkin Bout You,” from the show’s upcoming second season, premiering Wednesday, September 27 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on Fox.

Also, Kaitlin Olson, star of Fox’s “The Mick”; and Adam Scott and Craig Robinson, stars of Fox’s new comedy “Ghosted” are set to appear, as well as singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes, singer/songwriter Camila Cabello, actor/writer Kumail Nanjiani (“The Big Sick”) and YouTube star Liza Koshy.

As previously announced, performances include Louis Tomlinson and Bebe Rexha; Clean Bandit with Zara Larsson; an opening number featuring KYLE, Lil Yachty and Rita Ora; hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd; and French Montana, featuring Swae Lee with Uganda’s Triplets Ghetto Kids. Maroon 5 is confirmed to receive the highly coveted “Decade Award,” joining previously announced celebrities, including Ed Sheeran, Zendaya, Millie Bobby Brown, Gal Gadot, Tyler Hoechlin, Grant Gustin, Melissa Benoist, Olivia Munn, Bella Thorne, Katherine Langford, Maddie Ziegler, Grace Vanderwaal and Marshmello.

Tickets for Teen Choice 2017 at the Galen Center in Los Angeles are now on sale to the general public at galentix.com/.

“Like” Teen Choice 2017 on Facebook at facebook.com/TeenChoiceAwards. Follow the action on Twitter @TeenChoiceFox and join the discussion at #teenchoice. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @teenchoicefox.

Rolling Stones ‘Sticky Fingers’ 2015 Los Angeles concert gets home-video release

August 3, 2017

"The Rolling Stones' From The Vault: Sticky Fingers: Live At The Fonda Theatre 2015" (Photo courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment)
“The Rolling Stones’ From The Vault: Sticky Fingers: Live At The Fonda Theatre 2015” (Photo courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment)

The following is a press release from Eagle Rock Entertainment:

On September 29, 2017, Eagle Rock Entertainment will unveil The Rolling Stones’ From The Vault: Sticky Fingers: Live At The Fonda Theatre 2015 on DVD+CD, Blu-ray+CD, DVD+3LP, and digital formats [MSRP $21.98 DVD+CD, $26.98 Blu-ray+CD, $49.98 DVD+3LP] This is the fifth release “From The Vault”, a series of live concerts from The Rolling Stones archive which are being officially released for the first time.

This latest addition to the acclaimed “From The Vault” series captures a truly unique event in the storied history of The Rolling Stones. On May 20, 2015 at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, California, the band performed the entire Sticky Fingers album live in concert for the first (and so far only time) in their career. The show celebrated the reissue of the Sticky Fingers album and was the opening night of The Rolling Stones’ North American Zip Code Tour that would run over the next two months. The intimate setting of the Fonda Theatre was in contrast to the huge stadiums in which the band would perform for the rest of the tour and made this an incredibly special occasion for those fans lucky enough to get a ticket. This incredible release includes Stones classics like “Brown Sugar”, “Wild Horses”, “Start Me Up”, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, “Bitch”, “Dead Flowers”, “When The Whip Comes Down”, and more.

The DVD & Blu-ray include interviews with the band members intercut with full-length performances. The CD and 3LP feature the full show as performed on the night. As Bonus Features, the DVD & Blu-ray include tracks cut from the concert film: “All Down The Line”, “When The Whip Comes Down”, and “I Can’t Turn You Loose”.

From The Vault: Sticky Fingers Live At The Fonda Theatre 2015 is a full-blooded interpretation of one of The Rolling Stones’ most loved works. Combined with the bonus interviews, it proves an incredible experience for any Stones fan.

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TRACK LISTING:
DVD:
1) Start Me Up
2) Sway
3) Dead Flowers
4) Wild Horses
5) Sister Morphine
6) You Gotta Move
7) Bitch
8) Can’t You Hear Me Knocking
9) I Got The Blues
10) Moonlight Mile
11) Brown Sugar
12) Rock Me Baby
13) Jumpin’ Jack Flash

Bonus tracks:
1) All Down The Line
2) When The Whip Comes Down
3) I Can’t Turn You Loose

CD:
1) Start Me Up
2) When The Whip Comes Down
3) All Down The Line
4) Sway
5) Dead Flowers
6) Wild Horses
7) Sister Morphine
8) You Gotta Move
9) Bitch
10) Can’t You Hear Me Knocking
11) I Got The BlueS
12) Moonlight Mile
13) Brown Sugar
14) Rock Me Baby
15) Jumpin’ Jack Flash
16) I Can’t Turn You Loose

3LP
Side A:
1) Start Me Up
2) When The Whip Comes Down
3) All Down The Line

Side B:
1) Sway
2) Dead Flowers
3) Wild Horses

Side C:
1) Sister Morphine
2) You Gotta Move
3) Bitch

Side D:
1) Can’t You Hear Me Knocking
2) I Got The Blues

Side E:
1) Moonlight Mile
2) Brown Sugar

Side F:
1) Rock Me Baby
2) Jumpin’ Jack Flash
3) I Can’t Turn You Loose

2017 Halloween Horror Nights: R.I.P. Tour added as new promotion at Universal Studios Hollywood

August 2, 2017

Halloween Horror Nights
(Photo courtesy of Universal Studios Hollywood)

Tickets are now on sale for “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood, Southern California’s most extreme and intensely immersive Halloween event, which kicks off on Friday, September 15 and continues on select nights through Saturday, November 4, 2017.

Tickets can be purchased at www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Hollywood, and advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out for all ticket options, including the all-new R.I.P. Tour, the After 2 p.m. Day/Night Combo Ticket, the Frequent Fear Pass, and must-have Front-of-Line ticket.

The new R.I.P. Tour invites guests in groups of up to 14 to scare in style with an exclusive VIP guide that also includes unlimited front-of-line privileges to all mazes and attractions, as well as a gourmet buffet dinner, drinks and valet parking.

Guests electing to purchase the After 2 p.m. Day/Night Combo Ticket can enjoy the park’s popular daytime attractions such as “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Fast and Furious—Supercharged” on the world-famous Studio Tour by day, then step into the mazes and attractions located throughout the park to experience the terror of “Halloween Horror Nights” for one admission price.

The ever popular Frequent Fear Pass allows fans, who just can’t get enough of “Halloween Horror Nights,” to visit multiple times throughout the run of the event.

The in-demand Front-of-Line ticket to “Halloween Horror Nights” is also available enabling guests to enjoy one-time priority access to all the mazes, attractions, the all-new Terror Tram experience and new Jabbawockeez hip hop dance performance.

This year, “Halloween Horror Nights” features more mazes than ever, and with 29 terrifying event nights from which to choose, the scares are limitless. Following are event dates: September 15-16, 22-23, 28-30, October 1, 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, 25-29, 31 and November 2-4, 2017.

“Halloween Horror Nights” brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror inspired by TV and film’s most compelling horror properties. Following is a partial list of this year’s terrifying line-up, with more maze news to be announced soon:

  • “The Shining,” inspired by the iconic psychological thriller.
  • “American Horror Story: Roanoke,” based on FX’s critically-acclaimed, Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning television series.
  • “ASH vs. Evil Dead,” based on Starz’s comedy horror television series.
  • “The Walking Dead,” Universal Studios Hollywood new permanent attraction inspired by AMC’s record-breaking television series.
  • The Jabbawockeez award-winning hip hop dance crew return by popular demand with an all-new, high-energy performance created exclusively for “Halloween Horror Nights.”

Guy Fieri holds a celebrity chef tournament in ‘Guy’s Grocery Games: Superstars’

August 1, 2017

Guy Fieri
Guy Fieri (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Churchill Downs)

The following is a press release from Food Network:

You have followed their careers, read their cookbooks, and watched them on TV, and beginning on Sunday, August 20 at 8pm ET/PT, you will watch these celebrity chefs compete against each other in a no-holds-barred tournament on “Guy’s Grocery Games: Superstars.” In this thrilling five-week tournament, Guy Fieri will give eight of America’s superstar chefs the chance to win $40,000 for their favorite charity. But first, they must battle each other in some of the most twisted games the Flavortown Market has ever seen!

Rocco DiSpirito, Elizabeth Faulkner, Tregaye Fraser, Alex Guarnaschelli, Antonia Lofaso, Brian Malarkey, Marcel Vigneron and Justin Warner go head-to-head in this tournament to see whose skills have game. Each week the chefs will be put to the test in the grocery store aisles, and the top chefs will automatically move on in the competition, while the bottom contestants will face off in a redemption round. Each week, one chef will check out of the competition, while the others stay for the chance to earn big money for charity.

Fans can head to FoodNetwork.com/GroceryGames to relive the top moments of the tournament, test their supermarket trivia smarts, and collect shopping and cooking tips from the judges. Plus, they can also join the conversation using #GroceryGames.

Episodes include

Premiering Sunday, August 20 at 8pm

“Superstars Tournament Part 1”

First, the Superstars confront every shopper’s mortal enemy, the Express Lane! But since they’re the best, Guy Fieri gives them an extreme limitation, four ingredients or less, to make their ‘Best Italian Dish.’ The bottom two chefs must go head-to-head in the single-elimination Redemption Round, making a ‘Seafood Feast’ using one ingredient from each and every aisle. In the end, one chef exits while the others stay alive in this five-part tournament that will earn one chef big money for charity!

Judges: Troy Johnson, Carl Ruiz, Aarti Sequeira

Premiering Sunday, August 27 at 8pm

“Superstars Tournament Part 2”

This week’s theme is: Budget Battle Royale! The seven remaining celebrity chefs are given $36.01 each to buy all their groceries for the night. Should they spend it all on the initial ‘Taco Combo’ challenge, or reserve some money in case they must cook again in the Redemption Round? The three bottom chefs are forced to duke it out for survival by making a ‘Decadent Dessert’ with whatever money they have left. In the end, one chef goes home and six move one step closer to winning $40,000 for charity.

Judges: Eric Greenspan, Troy Johnson, Aarti Sequeira

Premiering Sunday, September 3 at 8pm

“Superstars Tournament Part 3”

The remaining six chefs are all given the same grocery list. But in a surprising twist, they must compete in 3 one-on-one battles to see which opponent makes the best breakfast, lunch or dinner. The winners of these match-ups are safe until next week’s competition. But the three that get edged out, head into the Redemption Round where they must flip the ingredients in tiramisu into an ‘Elegant Entrée.’ Which two will get another shot at becoming a champion for charity and rejoin their peers for the semi-finals of the tournament?

Judges: Troy Johnson, Aaron May, Aarti Sequeira

Premiering Sunday, September 10 at 8pm

“Superstars Tournament Part 4”

It’s the semi-finals and Guy Fieri has devised two shocking shopping cart games for the remaining five celebrity chefs. First, they must search the store to discover where he has hidden their personal carts, only to find that they must make their best ‘Burger and Fries’ featuring the bizarre ingredient Guy dropped in each one. The winner gets an automatic pass to the finale, while the bottom four must fight for redemption by making their ‘Cheesiest Dish.’ But before they can cook, Guy hits them with a totally new twist: a four-way cart swap!

Judges: Troy Johnson, Carl Ruiz, Aarti Sequeira

 Premiering Sunday, September 17 at 8pm

“Superstars Tournament Part 5”

The final four celebrity chefs are all vying to become the champion. But first, they must face Guy Fieri’s most diabolical challenge yet: The Double Wheel O’ Games. That’s right, two wheels-of-chance featuring Guy’s toughest games. That means they must play not one, but two extreme grocery games in each round as they attempt to prepare their ‘Best Fried Dish’ and a ‘High End Dish.’ The final two culinary giants must make their ‘Signature Dish’ during two more treacherous games. Who will be the Superstar champion and win $40,000 for their charity?

Judges: Troy Johnson, Aarti Sequeira, Jet Tila

2017 MTV Video Music Awards: Katy Perry set to host and perform

July 27, 2017

Katy Perry (Photo by David LaChapelle)
Katy Perry (Photo by David LaChapelle)

The following is a press release from MTV:

MTV has announced global pop superstar Katy Perry will host the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards live from the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Sunday, August 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.  In advance of the world tour for her most recent, chart-topping album, Witness, Perry will light up the stage as the first performer announced for this year’s show.  Earlier this week, she secured a spot as one of the top nominees for the 2017 VMAs with nods in five categories, including: Best Pop, Best Direction and Best Visual Effects for “Chained to the Rhythm,” Best Art Direction for “Bon Appetit,” and Best Collaboration for Calvin Harris’ “Feels” featuring Pharrell Williams, Perry and Big Sean.

“I’ve been training with MTV in zero gravity, eating astronaut ice cream, and I’m on a group text with Buzz Aldrin and Neil deGrasse Tyson,” said Katy Perry.  “Come August 27th, I’ll be ready to be your MOONWOMAN! Brace for impact, kids.”

“We’re thrilled to have global phenomenon Katy Perry as the host and a performer at the 2017 VMAs,” Bruce Gillmer, Head of Music and Music Talent, Global Entertainment Group, Viacom.  “She is at the forefront of music culture and the perfect person to anchor this year’s show, which promises to be one of the most diverse and music-filled in VMA history.”

Katy Perry’s new album, “Witness” (Capitol Records), debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking her third album to debut atop the chart. It marked the biggest week for an album by a female artist in 2017. It also claimed the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Current Albums and Current Pop Albums charts. Globally, “Witness” topped the iTunes Albums chart in 46 countries.

The official video for “Bon Appétit,” which can be seen HERE, set a new record for Katy, surpassing 100 million views in just 18 days. Her video for “Firework” just passed one billion, while “Dark Horse” and “Roar” have all surpassed two billion.  This year Katy’s iconic song “Roar” earned a Diamond certification surpassing the 10-million threshold counting song sales and streams in the United States. “Roar” follows previously Diamond-certified songs “Dark Horse” and “Firework,” and makes her the first artist in the Recording Industry Association of America to earn three RIAA Diamond Song Awards.  Additionally, she reached a new milestone on Twitter as the first person to reach 100 million followers; Katy has been the most followed person on Twitter since 2013.

MTV released the full list of nominees for the 2017 “MTV Video Music Awards” earlier this week in a first ever Instagram live collaboration between an elite squad of nine Instagram stars. The announcement revealed Kendrick Lamar leading the pack with eight nominations for his video “HUMBLE.” Katy Perry and The Weeknd are tied with five nominations each, following closely behind is Bruno Mars and DJ Khaled tied with four, and Ed Sheeran and Alessia Cara tied with three nominations each.  Performers and presenters will be announced at a later date.

Fans can vote for their favorites across eight VMA categories, including “Video of the Year,” “Artist of the Year,” “Best Collaboration” and more by visiting www.vma.mtv.com.  Additionally, voting for the Best New Artist award, presented by Taco Bell, will remain live through the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show airing at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT.  The top two artists will be revealed during the pre-show, kicking off a live Twitter hashtag vote with the winner being announced during the live main telecast.  Nominees for the socially voted category, “Best Song of Summer,” will be announced at a later date.

 Jesse Ignjatovic returns as Executive Producer for the 2017 “MTV Video Music Awards.” Bruce Gillmer, Garrett English and Lee Lodge are Executive Producers. Melanie Block serves as Executive In Charge of Production. Amani Duncan is Music Executive in Charge. Wendy Plaut is Celebrity Talent Executive in Charge.

 Official sponsors of the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards include: Extra® Gum, PEPSI®, Swiffer®, Taco Bell®, truth®, and Verizon.

2017 Sundance Next Fest: Ava Duvernay, America Ferrera among the guest speakers

July 27, 2017

Sundance NEXT Fest
Sundance NEXT Fest at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles ( Photo by Ryan Kobane/Sundance Institute)

The following is a press release from Sundance NEXT Fest:

World premiere music videos, conversations between film legends and up-and-coming creatives and three female comedians have been added to the lineup for Sundance NEXT FEST, August 10 to August 13, 2017, at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. They join music acts like Lizzo, Electric Guest and Sleigh Bells, the Los Angeles premieres of some of the Sundance Film Festival’s most talked-about films and NEXT FEST After Dark, Presented by Acura, featuring a 25th anniversary screening of Reservoir Dogs on restored 35mm and ceremony honoring Quentin Tarantino. More info, tickets ($15-35) and ticket packages are at sundance.org/next.

CONVERSATIONS

Ava DuVernay (“13th,” “Selma”) will join a conversation, presented by FilmL.A., Inc., with director Justin Chon after Saturday’s 4:00 p.m. screening of Gook. Also on Saturday, Gente-fied executive producer America Ferrera, director/creator/co-writer Marvin Lemus, co-writer Linda Yvette Chavez and producer Aaliyah Williams will be in conversation following the noon screening of all seven episodes of the series.

On Sunday, Emmy Award winner Larry Wilmore will join directors Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles and the subject of Dina for a conversation following the afternoon screening. Peter Bogdanovich (“The Last Picture Show”) will be in conversation with filmmaker Alex Ross Perry following Sunday’s 4:00 p.m. screening of “Golden Exits.”

WORLD PREMIERE MUSIC VIDEOS

Highlighting the connection between music and movies, three brand-new music videos have been added to the lineup and will screen before films.

“Temptation” — Joey Bada$$

Directed by Nathan R. Smith. A little girl journeys through Brooklyn as an omniscient Joey Bada$$ protects her from the alluring temptations she encounters. The track is featured on Joey Bada$$’ latest album, All-Amerikkkan Bada$$. The music video will premiere Saturday, August 12 with the 4:00 p.m. screening of “Gook.”

“Do It, Try It” — M83

Written and directed by David Wilson. A family outing to a burger joint sparks an argument between the parents whilst two children draw pictures to entertain themselves, taking the viewer into their imaginations. This four-minute adventure of mixed media film, fusing live action and hand-drawn animation, premieres Sunday, August 13 with the noon screening of “Dina.”

“Fingers” — Hundred Waters

Directed by Allie Avital. Fingers is an eerie meditation on the dissolution of a relationship featuring 10,000 live insects.The music video will make its world premiere on Sunday, August 13 with the 4:00 p.m. screening of G”olden Exits.”

COMEDIANS

Kate Berlant will host the screening of “Lemon” and performance by Lizzo on Friday, August 11 at 8:00 p.m. Berlant has been described by The New York Times as a “magnetic improvisational comic” and named by Time Out New York as one of New York City’s “Top Three Comics to Watch.” She is also one of Comedy Central’s “Comics to Watch.”

Kate Micucci will host Saturday‘s 8:00 p.m. screening of “Bitch” and performance by Sleigh Bells. Micucci can be seen in “The Little Hours” with Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Dave Franco, Molly Shannon and John C. Reilly. Kate is co-creator and co-star of the group Garfunkel and Oates, with Riki Lindhome. They were one of Variety’s comics to watch in 2010 and their two-woman show regularly sold out Largo and UCB.

Natasha Leggero will host Sunday’s 8:00 p.m. screening of “L.A. Times” and performance by Electric Guest. Leggero has built her body of work with numerous roles on prominent television series including NBC’s “Community,” FX’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Arrested Development,” Comedy Central’s “Reno 911” and “Drunk History,” ABC’s “Suburgatory,” the sketch comedy “Key and Peele,” “Comedy Bang! Bang!,” “Chelsea Lately” and “The Tonight Show,” among many others.

         FOOD, DRINKS, GAMES AND MORE AT NEXT DOOR

NEXT DOOR, an outdoor social hub next to the Theatre, returns to Sundance NEXT FEST. Attendees can access with their tickets before or after screenings to mingle and enjoy drinks from Hochstadter’s, Stella Artois and wineries from the Santa Ynez Valley, samples from Califia Farms, experience an Acura NSX Virtual Reality test drive, participate in games from Allbirds and get your questions answered at the Los Angeles Times Ask a Reporter booth.

FREE PANEL

The weekend also includes a free panel on editing a film using Premiere Pro sponsored by Adobe. More info at sundance.org/next

Sundance NEXT FEST supporters include: Principal Sponsors – Acura and Adobe; Major Sponsors – Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock & Rye, and Stella Artois®; Supporting Sponsors – Allbirds, Beachside, Califia Farms, Dolby Laboratories, Inc., FilmL.A., Inc., The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Utah Office of Tourism and Film, and Visit the Santa Ynez Valley; and Media Sponsors – LA WEEKLY, Los Angeles Times, Mashable and Time Out.

2017 Halloween Horror Nights: ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’ makes its debut at Universal Studios Hollywood

July 27, 2017

The following is a press release from Universal Studios:

For the first time ever, the critically-acclaimed television series “Ash vs Evil Dead” from Starz, a Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) company, will summon Deadites to a new haunted maze at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, beginning September 15.

The “Ash vs Evil Dead” maze will transport guests into the town of Elk Grove, Mich., where they will encounter Deadites – people or objects possessed by evil demons – that have been unwittingly unleashed by Ash Williams – again.  Throughout the maze, guests will come face-to-face with disturbing characters and iconic comedic and gory scenes from seasons 1 and 2 as they desperately try to escape all things evil…before it’s too late.

The STARZ Original Series “Ash vs Evil Dead” is a follow-up to the original The Evil Dead movie, which has long been regarded as a cult classic since its debut in 1981. Starring Bruce Campbell, who reprises his role as “Ash Williams,” the series has amassed a huge fan base and was renewed for a third season by STARZ. Catch up on the STARZ APP.

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 20 years, guests from around the world have visited Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando and Hollywood to become victims of their own horror film. The streets of each coast’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing “scare-actors” lunge from every darkened corner. Multiple movie-quality haunted houses are erected throughout the event, based on everything from iconic slasher films to hit horror television series to haunting original stories.

Additional details about Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” will be revealed soon. For more information about Halloween Horror Nights at either Universal Orlando Resort or Universal Studios Hollywood, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

Mick Jagger releases ‘Gotta Get a Grip’ and ‘England Lost,’ his first solo singles in six years

July 27, 2017

by Carla Hay

Mick Jagger (Photo courtesy of CBS)

Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger has released two new solo singles: “Get a Grip” and “England Lost.” The videos for the songs premiered on July 27, 2017. They are Jagger’s first solo singles since 2011’s “T.H.E (The Hardest Ever)” featuring Will.i.am and Jennifer Lopez.  T.H.E (The  Hardest Ever)” was a No. 3 hit in the United Kingdom but reached only No. 57 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.

“Get a Grip” and “England Lost” were released with very little fanfare.  Jagger does not appear in the videos for the songs. Instead, the videos feature actors and models. (Luke Evans is the star of the black-and-white “England Lost” video.) There is no word yet if Jagger will release another solo album.  Jagger has released four solo albums; his most recent solo album of new material was 2001’s “Goddess in the Doorway.”

The Rolling Stones launch their “No Filter” 2017 European Tour on September 9 in Hamburg, Germany. The tour concludes October 25 in Nanterre, France.

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