Dec 262014
 

THE FULL CAST IS SET FOR ARTHUR MILLER’S “THE PRICE” AT THE CENTER THEATRE GROUP / MARK TAPER FORUM
FEBRUARY 11 – MARCH 22, 2015
John Bedford Lloyd and Sam Robards Join the Previously Announced Kate Burton and Alan Mandell Under the Direction of Tony-Winner Garry Hynes

Kate Burton

Kate Burton will be appearing in Arthur Miller’s classic drama “The Price,” directed by Garry Hynes, in the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum’s 2015 season. The dates for “The Price” are February 11 through March 22, 2015.
Photo: Richard Cartwright

The full cast is set for the Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum production of “The Price” by Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and National Medal of Honor-winner Arthur Miller. The penetrating family drama by one of America’s greatest dramatists will open the Mark Taper Forum’s new season February 11 through March 22, 2015, with the opening set for February 21st 2015.

Directed by Tony Award-winner (“The Beauty Queen of Leenane”) Garry Hynes, this poignant story about the cost of choices made over a lifetime will feature John Bedford Lloyd, Sam Robards and the previously announced Kate Burton and Alan Mandell.

Two brothers who haven’t spoken to each other in 16 years come together to settle their late father’s estate. Victor(played by Sam Robards), a police officer of 28 years, his brother, Walter (John Bedford Lloyd), a successful surgeon, and Victor’s wife, Esther (Kate Burton), gather in the attic of the family’s New York brownstone, where they are met by Solomon, a wise and wily antiques dealer (Alan Mandell). It is not only years of accumulation of family belongings that need sorting out, but also the hidden motives that long ago fractured the brothers’ relationship.

An American classic, “The Price” first opened on Broadway in 1968, and Clive Barnes, writing for The New York Times, said the play was “… one of the most engrossing and entertaining plays that Miller has ever written.”

The plays of Arthur Miller (1915-2005) include “The Man Who Had All the Luck” (1944), “All My Sons” (1947), “Death of a Salesman” (1949), “The Crucible” (1953), “A View From the Bridge” and “A Memory of Two Mondays” (1955), “After the Fall” and “Incident at Vichy” (1964), “The Price” (1968), “The Creation of the World and Other Business” (1972), “The Archbishop’s Ceiling” (1977) and “The American Clock” (1980), among others. He wrote the screenplay for “The Misfits” (1960), and several books including three with his wife, photographer Inge Morath. He received countless awards including the Pulitzer Prize (for “Death of a Salesman”), three Tony Awards as well as a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement, two Emmy Awards, and the John F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tickets for “The Price” will go on sale December 20 and will be available by calling (213) 628-2772 or visiting online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org. Tickets range from $20 – $85 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Mark Taper Forum is located at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012.


Dec 252014
 

9 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS ADVANCE IN OSCAR® RACE

9 Foreign Language Films Closer To Winning 2014 OSCAR®

Nine features will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 87th Academy Awards®. Eighty-three films had originally been considered in the category.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:
Argentina, “Wild Tales,” Damián Szifrón, director;
Estonia, “Tangerines,” Zaza Urushadze, director;
Georgia, “Corn Island,” George Ovashvili, director;
Mauritania, “Timbuktu,” Abderrahmane Sissako, director;
Netherlands, “Accused,” Paula van der Oest, director;
Poland, “Ida,” Paweł Pawlikowski, director;
Russia, “Leviathan,” Andrey Zvyagintsev, director;
Sweden, “Force Majeure,” Ruben Östlund, director;
Venezuela, “The Liberator,” Alberto Arvelo, director.

Foreign Language Film nominations for 2014 are being determined in two phases.

The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based Academy members, screened the original submissions in the category between mid-October and December 15. The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.

The shortlist will be winnowed down to the category’s five nominees by specially invited committees in New York, Los Angeles and, for the first time, London. They will spend Friday, January 9, through Sunday, January 11, viewing three films each day and then casting their ballots.

The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Dec 242014
 

FULL CASTING IS SET FOR CULTURE CLASH’S “CHAVEZ RAVINE: AN L.A. REVIVAL”

OPENING FEBRUARY 4, 2015, AT THE CTG/KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE

Chavez Ravine

L-R: Ric Salinas and Richard Montoya of Culture Clash in the world premiere of their popular “Chavez Ravine” at the Mark Taper Forum in 2003. Culture Clash will return to CTG with “Chavez Ravine: An L.A. Revival” January 27 through March 1, 2015, at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.
Photo by Craig Schwartz

This Revival Marks the Prominent Latino Theatre Group’s 30th Anniversary

Casting is set for powerhouse Latino theatre group Culture Clash’s “Chavez Ravine: An L.A. Revival,” which opens February 4, 2015, at the Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. Previews begin January 27 and performances run through March 1.

This revisited and reimagined “Chavez Ravine” is directed by Lisa Peterson (who was at the helm of the world premiere in 2003 at the Mark Taper Forum) and features Culture Clash’s Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza along with Sabina Zuniga Varela and musicians Vaneza Mari Calderón, Randy Rodarte and Scott Rodarte.

“Chavez Ravine” has set design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Christopher Acebo, lighting design by José López, sound design by Paul James Prendergast, music direction/arrangements by John Avila and projection design by Jason H. Thompson. The production stage manager is Kirsten Parker.

Energized with new material and music from the Rodarte Brothers, Culture Clash continues to examine the constantly changing landscape of urban Los Angeles, in particular, the potential transformation of a small, tightly knit neighborhood into what was initially to be a low-income housing project, but eventually became Dodger Stadium.


Dec 232014
 

79 ORIGINAL SONGS VIE FOR 2014 OSCAR®The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 79 songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2014 are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 87th Oscars®.

The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film title and song title:

“It’s On Again” from “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”
“Opportunity” from “Annie”
“Lost Stars” from “Begin Again”
“Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights”
“Big Eyes” from “Big Eyes”
“Immortals” from “Big Hero 6”
“The Apology Song” from “The Book of Life”
“I Love You Too Much” from “The Book of Life”
“The Boxtrolls Song” from “The Boxtrolls”
“Quattro Sabatino” from “The Boxtrolls”
“Ryan’s Song” from “Boyhood”
“Split The Difference” from “Boyhood”
“No Fate Awaits Me” from “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them”
“Brave Souls” from “Dolphin Tale 2”
“You Got Me” from “Dolphin Tale 2”
“All Our Endless Love” from “Endless Love”
“Let Me In” from “The Fault in Our Stars”
“Not About Angels” from “The Fault in Our Stars”
“Until The End” from “Garnet’s Gold”
“It Just Takes A Moment” from “Girl on a Bicycle”
“Last Stop Paris” from “Girl on a Bicycle”
“Ordinary Human” from “The Giver”
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me”
“Find A Way” from “The Good Lie”
“Color The World” from “The Hero of Color City”
“The Last Goodbye” from “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”
“Chariots” from “The Hornet’s Nest”
“Follow Me” from “The Hornet’s Nest”
“Something To Shoot For” from “Hot Guys with Guns”
“For The Dancing And The Dreaming” from “How to Train Your Dragon 2”
“Afreen” from “The Hundred-Foot Journey”
“Yellow Flicker Beat” from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1”
“Heart Like Yours” from “If I Stay”
“I Never Wanted To Go” from “If I Stay”
“Mind” from “If I Stay”
“Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie”
“Call Me When You Find Yourself” from “Life Inside Out”
“Coming Back To You” from “Life of an Actress The Musical”
“The Life Of An Actress” from “Life of an Actress The Musical”
“Sister Rust” from “Lucy”
“You Fooled Me” from “Merchants of Doubt”
“Million Dollar Dream” from “Million Dollar Arm”
“Spreading The Word/Makhna” from “Million Dollar Arm”
“We Could Be Kings” from “Million Dollar Arm”
“A Million Ways To Die” from “A Million Ways to Die in the West”
“Way Back When” from “Mr. Peabody & Sherman”
“America For Me” from “A Most Violent Year”
“I’ll Get You What You Want (Cockatoo In Malibu)” from “Muppets Most Wanted”
“Something So Right” from “Muppets Most Wanted”
“We’re Doing A Sequel” from “Muppets Most Wanted”
“Mercy Is” from “Noah”
“Seeds” from “Occupy the Farm”
“Grant My Freedom” from “The One I Wrote for You”
“The One I Wrote For You” from “The One I Wrote for You”
“Hal” from “Only Lovers Left Alive”
“Shine” from “Paddington”
“Still I Fly” from “Planes: Fire & Rescue”
“Batucada Familia” from “Rio 2”
“Beautiful Creatures” from “Rio 2”
“Poisonous Love” from “Rio 2”
“What Is Love” from “Rio 2”
“Over Your Shoulder” from “Rudderless”
“Sing Along” from “Rudderless”
“Stay With You” from “Rudderless”
“Everyone Hides” from “St. Vincent”
“Why Why Why” from “St. Vincent”
“Glory” from “Selma”
“The Morning” from “A Small Section of the World”
“Special” from “Special”
“Gimme Some” from “#Stuck”
“The Only Thing” from “Third Person”
“Battle Cry” from “Transformers: Age of Extinction”
“Miracles” from “Unbroken”
“Summer Nights” from “Under the Electric Sky”
“We Will Not Go” from “Virunga”
“Heavenly Father” from “Wish I Was Here”
“So Now What” from “Wish I Was Here”
“Long Braid” from “Work Weather Wife”
“Moon” from “Work Weather Wife”

During the nominations process, all voting members of the Music Branch will receive a Reminder List of works submitted in the category and a DVD copy of the song clips. Members will be asked to watch the clips and then vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements in the category. The five achievements receiving the highest number of votes will become the nominations for final voting for the award. A maximum of two songs may be nominated from any one film.

To be eligible, a song must consist of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the film. A clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition of both lyric and melody must be used in the body of the film or as the first music cue in the end credits.

The 87th Academy Awards® nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15th 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Dec 202014
 

Iggy Azalea Blazes a Trail For the Can’t-Miss The Great Escape Tour

After igniting a twitter frenzy following her arena tour announcement, the official dates for Grammy-nominated Iggy Azalea’s The Great Escape Tour, presented by AEG Live, have been announced. One of the most-anticipated tours of the year, the Great Escape Tour will travel across North America, beginning April 14 in Fresno, CA and make stops in Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas, Toronto, and Chicago before wrapping in Austin, TX on May 24. Joining Iggy on tour will be multi-talented recording artist and actor, Nick Jonas as special guest. In addition, also joining as support acts are R&B/Hip-Hop favorites Tinashe and DJ Wizz Kidd.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets in the U.S. before the general public beginning Monday, December 15th at 9am local through Thursday, December 18th at 9pm local.

The public on-sale begins Friday, December 19 at 9:00 am local on AEGLive.com. There will also be various levels of Platinum and VIP Packages which will include premium tickets plus exclusive autographed items.

After years of honing her signature style on hip-hop’s underground circuit, Iggy Azalea burst onto the charts with her critically acclaimed debut album, The New Classic, and emerged as the breakout story of 2014, with one of the year’s most-streamed albums globally. Iggy is the first international female rapper to reach number one on both the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop and Rap Album Charts, and has been nominated for four prestigious 2015 Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Fancy” featuring Charlie XCX. “Fancy” broke airplay records and made history as the longest-leading #1 by a female rapper, also making Iggy the first artist since The Beatles to rank at #1 and #2 simultaneously with their first two Hot 100 hits. “Fancy” stormed the charts this year sitting at #1 for seven consecutive weeks, is currently certified 4x times platinum, was named Billboard’s 2014 Song of the Summer, iTunes Best Song of 2014, the year’s most-streamed song on Spotify, and the most-watched music video on VEVO. Iggy was also featured on Ariana Grande’s certified 4x platinum Billboard Top 40 #1 smash, “Problem,” which won “Best Pop Video” at the 2014 MTV VMAs. Iggy’s new single, “Black Widow,” featuring Rita Ora, has already gone double platinum and reached #1 on Billboard’s Top 40 Airplay Chart.

In addition to her recent Grammy nominations, Iggy has been nominated for six American Music Awards and won both this year’s favorite Rap/Hip-Hop artist and favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album, nine MTV Video Music Awards, was Billboard’s Women in Music 2014 Chart Topper, and countless other awards and accolades. She has performed on the biggest stages on TV, including Saturday Night Live, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Ellen and more.

The Great Escape California performances:

  • Tuesday, April 14 Fresno, CA: Save Mart Center
  • Thursday, April 16 Sacramento, CA: Sleep Train Arena
  • Friday, April 17 Oakland, CA: The Oracle Arena
  • Tuesday, April 21 Los Angeles, CA: STAPLES Center
  • Thursday, April 23 San Diego, CA: Valley View Casino Center

About Nick Jonas
Island Recording Artist, Nick Jonas announces himself as a brand-new musician on his newly released self-titled solo debut. Who Jonas is now is a 22 year old multi-talented artist stepping out on his own and re-inventing himself after achieving worldwide fame with The Jonas Brothers. The Grammy-nominated group sold 20 million albums and toured the globe several times over before calling it quits in October 2013. Its youngest member has lived a lot of life in those years and his experiences are reflected on his upcoming album due out on November 11 via Island Records. The album’s first single and radio hit, “Jealous”, penned by Jonas and co-written by with Nolan Lambroza and Simon Wilcox is currently the #1 most added song at Top 40 Radio. Jonas attributes the album’s darker overtones partially to the fact that while he was recording, he was also shooting the gritty television show Kingdom — a mixed martial arts family drama that premieres on DirecTV’s Audience Network on October 8. Jonas plays an MMA prize fighter who holds his cards close to his chest. This September, Jonas embarked on a Club Tour in support of his album, and visited 12 cities across the United States and Canada including Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and New York.

About Tinashe
The stunning 21-year-old singer, songwriter, producer, and performer radiates a distinct and dynamic vision of R&B punctuated by hip-hop attitude and pop flavor with a DIY-or-die edge. Between 2012 and 2013, the captivating singer made a name for herself through a series of self-made mixtapes, including 2012’s In Case We Die and Reverie and 2013’s Black Water. Tinashe released her debut studio album Aquarius on October 7th via RCA Records to unanimous critical acclaim, with everybody from The New York Times to Pitchfork, Vogue, and beyond dubbing it a highly significant, genre-bending debut. Aquarius, which Tinashe co-produced, continues to receive attention across the board, appearing on many 2014 year-end best-of lists, from The FADER to Complex and beyond. Tinashe’s breakout hit and the album’s first single, “2 On” featuring Schoolboy Q, sat at #1 on the Billboard Rhythmic Airplay Charts for four weeks straight, eventually being certified Platinum and dubbed a song of the summer by many. Throughout 2014, Tinashe has taken her high-energy live show across the world, performing everywhere from SXSW to the iconic Reading and Leeds festival. She is currently on a club run that will hit New York, DC, Boston, Detroit and Baltimore, and will next take her show across Europe and Australia at the top of 2015.

About DJ Wizz Kidd
Los Angeles native DJ Wizz Kidd has played all over the world working alongside Iggy Azalea as her official tour DJ. Prior to working with the Australian artist, Wizz Kidd toured with the Rej3ctz, the hip-hop crew responsible for 2011’s chart-topping dance anthem, “Cat Daddy.” Wizz Kidd has also had an array of solo endeavors in the US, Australia, London, and Germany.

About AEG Live
AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival and special event divisions, seventeen regional offices and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues. The current and recent concert tour roster includes artists such as Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood, Cher, Ed Sheeran, Enrique Iglesias, George Strait, Hunter Hayes, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Kenny Chesney, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Pitbull, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, The WHO, Trey Songz and Juanes. The company is also currently producing residency shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas including Celine Dion, Jerry Seinfeld , Shania Twain , Rod Stewart and Reba, Brooks & Dunn opening June 2015 and is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach Country Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. www.aeglive.com


Dec 192014
 

CHANNING TATUM RETURNS TO “TEAM OSCAR®”

Winning Filmmakers to Appear on Oscars® Telecast

CHANNING TATUM RETURNS TO “TEAM OSCAR®”

Channing Tatum, Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, and the Academy today launched “Team Oscar” by inviting the next generation of filmmakers to create a short video and vie for the opportunity to appear onstage during the live Oscar broadcast. Winners will deliver Oscar statuettes to celebrity presenters at the 87th Academy Awards® on Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015, live on ABC.

“We are thrilled to bring the Team Oscar competition back to the show for the third year, and that Channing Tatum will be our spokesperson and one of the judges,” said Zadan and Meron. “We are very happy that the idea we initiated has turned into an annual tradition, and is now open to a wider range of filmmakers who are passionate about film and the moviemaking process.”

“I’m honored to be returning to launch the Team Oscar competition and encourage the next generation of filmmakers to join me onstage at this year’s Oscars,” said Tatum. “It’s inspiring to see how these young filmmakers rise to the challenge, and I can’t wait to see the talent we uncover.”

Team Oscar is open to U.S. citizens, ages 18 to 30 (in previous years entries were limited to college students only), and submissions are due by January 12, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. PT. To enter, filmmakers must visit the Academy’s Facebook page, where they can submit a creative 60-second video on the subject, “The best piece of advice I’ve ever received.”

Producers Zadan and Meron, along with Tatum and the Academy, will select up to six winners who will be flown to Los Angeles by United Airlines, the official airline of the Academy, to participate in the Oscars ceremony at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center®.

Tatum will announce the Team Oscar winners in early 2015.

The Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Dec 182014
 

323 FEATURE FILMS COMPETE FOR 2014 BEST PICTURE OSCAR®Three hundred twenty-three feature films are eligible for the 2014 Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

To be eligible for 87th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.

Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format.

Feature films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for Academy Awards in any category. The “Reminder List of Productions Eligible for the 87th Academy Awards” is available at http://www.oscars.org/oscars/rules-eligibility.

The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15th 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Dec 172014
 

Team L.A.

STAPLES Center and AEG unveiled the brand new 7,00 square foot TEAM LA store at STAPLES Center. The new store features more space, more Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Sparks gear and less waiting in line. There are more than 20 points of sale throughout the store and the new location is better equipped to serve fans. Additions to the store include a brand new in-store jersey customization station for Kings, Lakers and Clippers jerseys.

“We are incredibly excited to open the brand new TEAM LA Store for all of the southern California sports fans, tourists and anyone that stops by STAPLES Center year round,” Lee Zeidman, President, STAPLES Center. “The new store is twice the size of the old location and provides fans with more space, more merchandise and we are able to get fans in and out quickly.”

In conjunction with the grand opening of the new TEAM LA Store the Los Angeles Kings also unveiled their NHL Stadium Series Jersey at the store and live on FOX Sports West broadcast during their road game against the St. Louis Blues. The Kings will play the San Jose Sharks on February 21 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara as part of the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. The jersey the Kings will wear for that game — and also for the Kings-Sharks game at STAPLES Center on April 11.

The new NHL Stadium Series jersey is available for all fans at the new TEAM LA Store starting tomorrow at 9:00 am and online now at. A limited number of the new jerseys will be available, so fans are encouraged to shop early while supplies last. A collection of 2015 NHL Stadium Series merchandise will also be available for purchase, including jackets, t-shirts and accessories.

“The LA Kings congratulate STAPLES Center and our company’s merchandise department in particular on the opening of our highly-anticipated new store. It will be great for Kings fans and just in time for the holidays along with the unveiling of our NHL Stadium Series jersey which we are excited about,” said Luc Robitaille, LA Kings President, Hockey Operations and Hockey Hall of Famer.

The official ribbon cutting for the new TEAM LA Store took place following the LA Kings new NHL Stadium Series jersey unveiling and the group included LA Kings President, Hockey Operations and Hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille; STAPLES Center President Lee Zeidman; Los Angeles Lakers Hall of Famer James Worthy; Los Angeles Clippers former player Corey Maggette.

The new TEAM LA Store will be open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please note when a sporting event is scheduled, the store will close two and half hours prior to the game time and when a concert is scheduled the store will close at 3:00 p.m.

All fans that stop by the new TEAM LA Store or shop online will receive a free team beanie with the purchase of $100 or more while supplies last. This week customers can also show their TEAM LA store receipt and they will receive 15% off when you dine at Tom’s Urban, located across the street at L.A. LIVE. Parking during non-event hours is free for the first 30-minutes in the West Garage at L.A. LIVE.


Dec 142014
 

THE CIVILIANS’ “PRETTY FILTHY,”

A CENTER THEATRE GROUP COMMISSION,

OPENS JANUARY 31, 2015, AT ABRONS ARTS CENTER IN NEW YORK

The Civilians’ “Pretty Filthy” A New Musical About “The Other Hollywood” CTG’s Commission

The Civilians’ “Pretty Filthy” At Abrons Arts Center, New York City

The Civilians’ “Pretty Filthy,” A New Musical About “The Other Hollywood,” with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman, book by Bess Wohl and directed by Steve Cosson, is set to open January 31 and play through March 1, 2015, at the Abrons Arts Center in New York City.

The piece was commissioned by Center Theatre Group in 2009 and developed through workshops, residencies and public presentations, including “A Pretty Filthy Evening” in 2011 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.

Armed with their notepads and recorders, The Civilians crossed the mountain range that divides Hollywood from the “other Hollywood” – the San Fernando Valley, world capital of porn. The Civilians’ crew conducted interviews and visited sets to get an insider’s glimpse into a world that is far more than the sum of its (very) visible parts.

The creative team learned firsthand that the words of one interviewee, the legendary Nina Hartley, were quite true: “sex on camera is far less sexy and far more ridiculous than you might think.” The Civilians’ time in the Valley captured a singular time in our culture; this digital era that has radically transformed the business of sex. “Pretty Filthy” is ultimately a story about trying to make a life and a living in an ever-changing world – a task that is all the more complicated when your work is so intimately tied to customer “satisfaction.”

The Civilians is the center for investigative theatre supporting the development and production of new theatre from creative inquiries into the most vital questions of the present. Twelve original shows have been created from community residencies, interviews and extensive research. Center Theatre Group also presented The Civilians’ “This Beautiful City” in 2008 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. “This Beautiful City” was a co-production with the Vineyard Theatre, New York.


Dec 132014
 

RECORD-BREAKING TEN MAJOR AWARD SHOWS AT NOKIA THEATRE L.A. LIVE IN 2014

NOKIA Los Angeles

This year Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE located in downtown Los Angeles hosted a record-breaking ten major award shows in 2014 managing over 50,000 guests from excited fans to A-list superstars with millions of eyeballs tuning in from around the world. Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE hosts a variety of award shows each year in addition to approximately 120 music, family, dance and comedy acts, televised productions, conventions, premieres and product launches that take place at the busy venue. The award shows honored and showcased a variety of artists in music, television, film & sports. This year’s list of award shows included People’s Choice Awards, GRAMMY Awards Pre-Telecast, MTV Movie Awards, Radio Disney Music Awards, BET Awards, The ESPY Awards, Creative Arts EMMYs, Primetime EMMYs, Estrella TV Presents Premios de la Radio Awards and American Music Awards beating out the previous record of eight total award shows hosted at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in 2013.

“We are incredibly proud to have hosted ten award shows in 2014. Our staff work very hard year round to make sure each event runs smoothly and each guests experience from fans to celebrities is the best it can be,” Don Graham, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, Vice President/Assistant General Manager. “It is always an honor to be the backdrop for such iconic moments televised internationally to millions. We take pride in the fact that Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE can transform into the location each award show deserves and grateful to all of the television and production companies who chose to have Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE as the place to host their award shows in 2014 and look forward to many more.”

Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE is the heart and soul of the 4 million square foot L.A. LIVE sports, residential and entertainment district. Being across the street from STAPLES Center, the world’s busiest arena, adjacent to the Los Angeles Convention Center, Club Nokia, a 2,200 capacity live music venue, a 14-screen Regal Cineplex, multiple hotels, restaurants & much more provides enough space and creativity for each productions vision to become reality.

  • 2014 Award Shows
  • People’s Choice Awards – January 8, 2014
  • GRAMMY Awards Pre-Telecast – January 26, 2014
  • MTV Movie Awards – April 13, 2014
  • Radio Disney Music Awards – April 26, 2014
  • BET Awards – June 29, 2014
  • The ESPY Awards – July 16, 2014
  • Creative Arts EMMYs – August 16, 2014
  • Primetime EMMYs – August 25, 2014
  • Estrella TV Presents Premios de la Radio Awards – November 6, 2014
  • American Music Awards – November 23, 2014


Dec 122014
 

A Carlin Home Companion
Written by and starring Kelly Carlin
Directed by Paul Provenza

Growing Up George Carlin’s Daughter

Previews begin January 28
OPENS Friday, February 6, 2015 at 8pm

Falcon Theatre is proud to present A Carlin Home Companion, written by and starring Kelly Carlin, directed by Paul Provenza, the fourth production of the Falcon Theatre’s 2014-2015 Subscription Season.

Chronicling over forty years of her life with her father, Kelly Carlin, the only child of iconoclastic comedian George Carlin, deftly weaves her amusing yet poignant family stories with classic video footage of her father’s career and family memorabilia. Kelly warmly yet honestly reveals not only what it was like to be swept up by his life and career, but the struggles of their father/daughter relationship and ultimately what it took for Kelly to find her own place in the world.

PREVIEWS: January 28 – 31 at 8pm; February 1 at 4pm; February 4 & 5 at 8pm
OPENING NIGHT: Friday, February 6, 2015 at 8pm
SHOW CLOSES: Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 4pm
PERFORMANCES Wed. – Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 4pm
PRICES:
Previews $31.50 – $34.00
Opening Night $54.00 – $59.00
Weekdays (Wed/Thurs) $36.50 – $39.00
Weekends (Fri/Sat/Sun) $41.50 – $44.00
Student Rate (valid student ID) $29.00

WHERE: Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91505
TICKETS: (818) 955-8101 or FalconTheatre.com
TICKETS ON SALE: December 30, 2014

Kelly Carlin
Born in Dayton, Ohio in 1963, Kelly Carlin grew up watching her father, George Carlin, become a counter-culture hero with his comedy. As a child, Kelly explored her own creativity by writing skits and doing imitations (her Ethel Merman was quite good for an eight year old). She began her professional life in her teens working behind the scenes with her mother, Brenda, on various shows for HBO that continued into her twenties. In 1993, at the ripe age of 30, she graduated from UCLA, Magna Cum Laude, with a B.A. in Communications Studies. While at UCLA, Kelly discovered her voice as a writer, which led her to a career in writing for film and TV with her husband Robert McCall. After her mother’s death in 1997, Kelly pursued her craft through a less mainstream project – a one-woman show called Driven To Distraction. In 2001, Kelly stepped away from the family business to pursue her masters in Jungian Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She studied mythology, Jungian psychology and the intersection of art and the sacred. Presently, Kelly hosts The Kelly Carlin Show on SiriusXM, and Waking from the American Dream on SModcast Network. Based on her current solo show, the memoir A Carlin Home Companion, will be published by St. Martin’s Press in 2015.

Paul Provenza
A working standup for over 3 decades, on 5 continents and almost every talk show with a desk and a host. Co-produced and hosted 2 seasons of The Green Room with Paul Provenza for Showtime, now streaming on Amazon. Co-authored !SATIRISTAS! (portraits by Dan Dion). Directed the comedy/documentary about one dirty joke, The Aristocrats. Co-produced and hosted Comics Only, one of Comedy Central’s earliest original programs. Played Fleischman’s replacement on Northern Exposure and steadfastly denies responsibility for the show’s demise. Series regular on Empty Nest, Facts of Life; guest-star on The West Wing, among others. Theater highlights include the title role in Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Directing highlights include Kumail Nanjiani: Unpronounceable; The Nigerian Spam Scam Scam and pieces for Penn & Teller’s stage show. Developed and currently co-producing (with Troy Conrad & Barbara Romen) the international comedy phenomenon Set List – live shows worldwide, a series for UK television and a web series on YouTube’s Nerdist channel.

Set Designer Keith E. Mitchell
Lighting Designer Nick McCord
Projection Designer Fritz Davis
Sound Designer David Beaudry
Wardrobe Consultant Terri A. Lewis
Stage Manager Dale Alan Cooke

The Falcon Theatre is a 130-seat professional theatre that operates year-round in Burbank, California, built by Director/Writer/Producer Garry Marshall and his daughter Kathleen Marshall LaGambina. The Falcon opened in November of 1997 and launched its annual 5-play Subscription Series in 2002, currently produced by Kathleen and Sherry Greczmiel. Mr. Marshall founded the Falcon as a place where established artists and emerging talent can come together to create live, exciting work on stage.


Dec 112014
 

Jokes for the Jews At Flappers Comedy ClubFlappers Comedy Club and Restaurant is proud to present Jokes for the Jews, a comedy show for anyone who feels passed over on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24 at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $12.00.

The show features a Seder Plate full of comedians, some Jewish, some not Jewish, who will all be there for the same reason: heating. Flappers’ full-service restaurant and bar will be serving the finest assortment of “nosh” this side of Mt. Sinai. What better way to close off the festival of lights with a night of laughs feasting on delicious Chicken Marsala or a gourmet wood fired pizza?

Call 818-845-9721 or visit www.FlappersComedy.com to reserve tickets now! All guests are asked to please respect the two item minimum. Disclaimer: Flappers Comedy Club is not a kosher kitchen.

Flappers Comedy Club and Restaurant is operated by a group of people who are passionate about comedy. Proprietors, Barbara Holliday and Dave Reinitz, manage Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank, which features four stages and a full restaurant and bar with a 1920’s theme. Still Celebrating the Repeal of Prohibition, the club also has a smaller showroom, the YooHoo Room, with seating for 60, and a bar and patio where patrons can hang out and eat and drink before, during and after shows.

Where: DOWNTOWN BURBANK: 102 East Magnolia Street; Burbank CA 91502
Time: Wednesday, December 24th at 8:00 PM.
Ages: All ages welcome, 18+ preferred for the night shows.
Food & Drinks: Full-service bar and restaurant. 2 item min per person.
Show Schedule: Complete schedule online www.FlappersComedy.com
Show Tickets: $12
Online Pre-Purchase: www.FlappersComedy.com
Tickets and Info: 818-845-9721 | Promotions@FlappersComedy.com


Dec 102014
 

The latest, freshest additions to NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE schedule of Upcoming Concert & Entertainment Events In Los Angeles! The very latest addition to the schedule is marked in RED.

KOST CHRISTMASLAND PRESENTS HILLSONG – December 10th, 2014

KOST CHRISTMASLAND PRESENTS CELTIC WOMAN CHRISTMAS – December 11th, 2014

94.7 THE WAVE’S SOULFUL CHRISTMAS – December 13th, 2014

YUSUF / CAT STEVENS – December 14th, 2014

MYTHBUSTERS – December 17th, 2014

BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA CHRISTMAS ROCKS EXTRAVAGANZA – December 21st, 2014

GABRIEL IGLESIAS – December 27th & 28th, 2014

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS – January 7th, 2015

THE O’JAYS – January 17th, 2015

THE GODFATHER – January 24th, 2015

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE – January 28th, 2015

JACKIE EVANCHO – January 29th, 2015

DANCING WITH THE STARS LIVE! – February 15th, 2015

ALAN JACKSON – February 27th, 2015

PAQUITA LA DEL BARRIO – February 28th, 2015

RICARDO ARJONA – March 27th & 28th, 2015

JOHN MELLENCAMP – July 28th, 2015

Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, Anything L.A.

NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE is located at:
777 Chick Hearn Court (between Figueroa Street and Georgia Street)
Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: (213) 763-6000
Website: www.NokiaTheatreLALive.com


Dec 092014
 

10 CONTENDERS REMAIN IN VFX OSCAR® RACE

10 Films In The Running For Visual Effects Oscar 2014

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 87th Oscars®.

10 Films In The Running For Visual Effects Oscar 2014 are listed below in alphabetical order:

  • “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
  • “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
  • “Godzilla”
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy”
  • “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”
  • “Interstellar”
  • “Maleficent”
  • “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb”
  • “Transformers: Age of Extinction”
  • “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

The Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist. All members of the Visual Effects Branch will now be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films on Saturday, January 10th 2015. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

The 87th Academy Awards® nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15th 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Dec 072014
 

“The Price” by Arthur Miller
Directed by Garry Hynes

Arthur Miller’s The Price On The Way To Mark Taper Forum

Alan Mandell will be appearing in Arthur Miller’s classic drama “The Price,” directed by Garry Hynes, in the Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum’s 2015 season.

DESCRIPTION: Two brothers who haven’t spoken to each other in 16 years come together to settle their late father’s estate. Victor, a police officer of 28 years, his brother, Walter, a successful surgeon, and Victor’s wife, Esther (played by Kate Burton), gather in the attic of family’s New York brownstone, where they are met by Solomon, a wise and wily antiques dealer (played by Alan Mandell). It is not only years of accumulation of family belongings that need sorting out, but also the hidden motives that long ago fractured the brothers’ relationship.

DATES / TIMES:
Previews begin February 11. **Opens February 21.
Continues through March 22, 2015.
Previews (February 11 –20): Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Opens Saturday, February 21 at 8 p.m.
Regular Performances (February 22 – March 22, 2015): Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.


Dec 062014
 

94.7 THE WAVE’S SOULFUL CHRISTMAS 2014
AT NOKIA THEATRE L.A. LIVE WITH PERFORMANCES BY
KENNY G, KENNY “BABYFACE” EDMONDS & BRENDA RUSSELL
ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13TH

94.7 THE WAVE’S SOULFUL CHRISTMAS 2014
Put a little soul in your holiday season with 94.7 The WAVE’s Soulful Christmas 2014 featuring Kenny G, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Brenda Russell on Saturday, December 13th at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. Tickets available now at www.axs.com.

Kenny G has had one of the most eclectic and dominant careers the music business has ever seen. He’s maintained a high level of creative excellence through decades of unprecedented commercial success by never allowing himself to stay in one place too long. That reputation for musical curiosity stays well intact on his fourteenth studio album Brazilian Nights, set for release on January 27, 2015 via Concord Records.

Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, a 10-time Grammy winner with 11 solo albums of his own, impeccably crafted explorations of love, romance and relationships and has made an indelible imprint on the evolution of contemporary pop music throughout the world: more than 130 Top-10 R&B and Pop hits, 43 #1 R&B hits, and 51 Top-10 Pop hits (including 16 #1’s), which have produced single and album sales in excess of 600 million units worldwide. Most recently Kenny Edmonds produced latest albums for Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Colbie Caillat, Celine Dion, and the duet with Toni Braxton, Love Marriage & Divorce. His new solo album will be release in 2015.

Brenda Russell’s unique musical perspective, intimate voice and prolific treasure-trove of lyrics, prove that a truly glowing talent only deepens with time. Composer of the classics “Get Here,” “If Only For One Night,” and the Grammy-nominated “Piano In The Dark,” Brenda’s songwriting prowess and chameleon-like ability to shift between musical genres and combine styles trumpeted ovations in 2005 with the opening of the Tony Award-winning hit Broadway musical The Color Purple–a show for which she, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray co-wrote the music and lyrics. Brenda and her co-authors were also nominated for a 2007 Grammy in the Best Musical Show Album category for the original cast album.

For more information please visit: www.nokiatheatrelalive.com or www.axs.com


Dec 052014
 

Cameron: Songs for the Witch Woman
MOCA Pacific Design Center
October 11, 2014 – January, 18 2015

Cameron Exhibition At MOCA

Cameron, East Angel, n.d., courtesy of the Cameron Parsons Foundation, Santa Monica. Photo Credit: Alan Shaffer

Cameron (1922-1995) was an artist, performer, poet, occult practitioner, and provocateur who lived in Los Angeles after World War II and uniquely bridged the city’s flourishing spiritual and art worlds. A pivotal though under-recognized figure, she is closely associated with Beat artists such as Wallace Berman, George Herms, and Dennis Hopper, filmmaker Kenneth Anger, and occultists Aleister Crowley and Jack Parsons, her husband for a time. She is best known for her paintings and drawings of human and fantastical figures and had a long career, spending her last years in West Hollywood. Cameron: Songs for the Witch Woman, organized by guest curator Yael Lipschutz, is the largest comprehensive survey of Cameron’s work since 1989 and includes approximately 98 artworks and ephemeral artifacts. MOCA Senior Curator Alma Ruiz is the coordinating curator.

Go and see the artistic legacy of an incredible woman-artist, one of the pioneers of Los Angeles’ postwar counterculture.


Dec 042014
 

PARKING & TRAFFIC INFORMATION FOR SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6th AT STAPLES CENTER , NOKIA THEATRE & L.A. LIVE

Parking And Traffic Info For Downtown Los Angeles This Saturday
Please be advised that on Saturday, December 6th, there will be multiple events occurring in downtown Los Angeles which include the following:

  • 1:00 p.m. at STAPLES Center the Los Angeles Kings vs. Philadelphia Flyers
  • 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. at L.A. LIVE Rock the Red Kettle Presented by Mammoth Mountain Concert to Benefit The Salvation Army featuring recording artists Shawn Mendes and Becky G
  • 7:30 p.m. at STAPLES Center the Los Angeles Clippers vs. New Orleans Pelicans
  • 8:30 p.m. at Nokia Theatre is Mohsen Yeganeh in concert

Street Closures include:
11th Street/Chick Hearn Court (same street) is closed from Figueroa Street to Georgia Street

Please note that traffic is expected in the area between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. due to the multiple events taking place in and around the area.

All L.A. LIVE Restaurants will be open normal operating hours throughout the weekend.

We ask that you please allow yourself additional time when planning a trip to STAPLES Center, Nokia Theatre or L.A. LIVE on December 6th.

For more information please visit: www.staplescenter.com or www.nokiatheatrelalive.com

Dec 042014
 

15 DOCUMENTARY FEATURES ADVANCE IN 2014 OSCAR® RACE

15 Documentary Films Get Closer To Becoming Oscar Nominees

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 87th Oscars®. One hundred thirty-four films were originally submitted in the category.

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

  • “Art and Craft,” Purple Parrot Films
  • “The Case against 8,” Day in Court
  • “Citizen Koch,” Elsewhere Films
  • “CitizenFour,” Praxis Films
  • “Finding Vivian Maier,” Ravine Pictures
  • “The Internet’s Own Boy,” Luminant Media
  • “Jodorowsky’s Dune,” City Film
  • “Keep On Keepin’ On,” Absolute Clay Productions
  • “The Kill Team,” f/8 filmworks
  • “Last Days in Vietnam,” Moxie Firecracker Films
  • “Life Itself,” Kartemquin Films and Film Rites
  • “The Overnighters,” Mile End Films West
  • “The Salt of the Earth,” Decia Films
  • “Tales of the Grim Sleeper,” Lafayette Film
  • “Virunga,” Grain Media

The Academy’s Documentary Branch determined the shortlist in a preliminary round of voting. Documentary Branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 15 titles.

The 87th Academy Awards® nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.