Jan 312015
 

John Mellencamp Sets Out On Plain Spoken Tour First Leg of Tour Kicks Off

John Mellencamp’s Plain Spoken Tour Kicks Off

After kicking off his Plain Spoken Tour with sold out shows in South Bend, IN, Louisville, Cincinnati and two nights at Nashville’s historic Ryman Theatre, John Mellencamp will crisscross North America for a total of 80 shows, hitting his hometown of Bloomington, as well as Chicago, Los Angeles, four nights in New York, and multiple dates across Canada. The tour, produced by AEG Live, will continue through August and features special guest Carlene Carter. Tickets and VIP packages for the “Voice of the Heartland’s” 2015 tour are selling out quick – fans can purchase available tickets for the Plain Spoken Tour at JohnMellencamp.com.

Accolades for the tour’s opening night are already pouring in: “For this opening-night performance, both Mellencamp and Carter came out confident and purposeful, ready for the 79 dates ahead to mine the roots of American music and investigate what it means to live and die.” South Bend Tribune

“Friday night at a sold-out Louisville Palace, the 63-year-old Mellencamp had his share of fun — he’s always been a consummate showman — but there was an underlying richness to his set that was far more impressive.” Louisville Courier-Journal

“John Mellencamp’s sold-out Plain Spoken Tour stop at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati felt more like 3,300 old friends getting back together rather than 3,300 strangers meeting for a night of music–that’s the effect of Mellencamp’s music. It feels good and familiar, like going back home after being away for years; and Saturday night, it felt damn good to all that attended.” Out of the Blue

The Rock And Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy Award winner released Plain Spoken September 23, one of the most lauded records of his career, to rave reviews. Fans will receive a digital download of Plain Spoken with their ticket purchase.

Praise for Plain Spoken:

“Folk-rock and philosophy are the making’s of John Mellencamp’s new album, Plain Spoken. The music looks back towards Bob Dylan’s “Blood On The Tracks, with strummed guitars, and brushes on the drums and neck-rack harmonica, and the words ponder trouble, power, love, God, freedom, and mortality – the concerns of a songwriter acting his age.” New York Times

“Rugged, rural and packed with an aging rocker’s gimmick-free reflections on life and hope Plain Spoken is the first album in Mellencamp’s “lifetime contract” with Republic. The stark, soul- baring lead single, “Troubled Man” like the rest of the album, follows the acoustic path of Mellencamp’s last two project’s 2010’s No Better Than This and 2008’s Life, Death Love and Freedom.” BILLBOARD

“Hemingway-esque” Philadelphia Inquirer

PLAIN SPOKEN TOUR CALIFORNIA DATES

  • July 23 Fresno, CA: William Saroyan Theatre
  • July 25 Oakland, CA: Oakland Paramount Theatre of the Arts
  • July 26 Sacramento, CA: Sacramento Community Theatre
  • July 28 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE

JOHN MELLENCAMP
Mellencamp’s career in music, spanning more than 35 years, has seen him transition from pop star to one of the most highly regarded songwriters of a generation. The Voice of The Heartland continues to evolve artistically with Plain Spoken—the first new music from the artist since 2010’s critically acclaimed No Better Than This. Plain Spoken is John’s 22nd full length album. Mellencamp is incredibly acclaimed. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Grammy winner, a recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, ASCAP Foundation’s Champion Award, The Woody Guthrie Award, and Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also one of the most successful live concert performers in the world. The social activism reflected in his songs helped catalyze Farm Aid, the concert series and organization that has addressed the struggle of American family farmers for more than 25 years. The unique instrumentation of his band and his poignant songs about everyday life in the American heartland, are widely credited with being the forbearer of the Americana/No Depression genre of rural-inflected music. The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is a musical with music and lyrics by John Mellencamp, a libretto by author Stephen King and production by T Bone Burnett. This extraordinary collaboration 16 years in the making is a haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge, performed by an ensemble cast of 15 actors and a four-piece live band, comprised of members of John Mellencamp’s band. The Musical is currently on tour in North America. An 80-city tour in North American and Canada begins in January 2015. His final performance held in Indianapolis at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on August 4th will benefit the Riley Children’s Foundation, which supports Riley Hospital for Children (rileykids.org). Also an accomplished painter, his one-man show The Paintings of John Mellencamp is currently on view at Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, GA from January 17 to April 12, 2015.


Jan 302015
 

OSCAR® NOMINEES COMMON AND JOHN LEGEND TO PERFORM TOGETHER AT THE OSCARS®

Common And John Legend To Perform Their Oscar®-Nominated Song “Glory” At The 87th Oscars

Musical artists Common and John Legend will perform their Oscar®-nominated song “Glory” at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.

“Common and John Legend are artists who have always lifted our spirits and made us think,” said Zadan and Meron. “The Oscar stage is that much more profound because of their presence and we welcome them.”

“Glory,” written by John Stephens (a.k.a. John Legend) and Lonnie Lynn (a.k.a. Common) for the film “Selma,” is nominated for Original Song. The four other nominated songs are “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie,” “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights,” “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me” and “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again.”

Common won a Grammy® in 2002 for Best R&B Song for “Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip Hop),” and in 2007 for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for “Southside,” with Kanye West. His many acting credits include the films “American Gangster,” “Wanted,” “Date Night” and “Selma,” in which he plays the role of Civil Rights leader James Bevel.

Legend is a nine time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter. His critically acclaimed debut album, “Get Lifted,”scored multiple Grammy Awards in 2006, including Best R&B Album, Best New Artist and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. The follow up was the platinum-selling “Once Again,” which garnered a Best Male R&B Performance nod. Legend’s most recent highly acclaimed fourth studio album, “Love in the Future,” scored two Grammy nominations and features his break out hit, “All of Me,” which is his highest selling and charting song to date and also earned a 2015 Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance.

The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by Zadan and Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Jan 292015
 

“LET IT GO” OSCAR®-WINNING TEAM KRISTEN ANDERSON-LOPEZ AND ROBERT LOPEZ WRITE ORIGINAL MUSICAL NUMBER FOR OSCAR HOST NEIL PATRICK HARRIS

Original Multimedia Musical Sequence “Moving Pictures” Is Being Written For The OSCARS

Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris and show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron shared that the Oscar-winning songwriting team from “Frozen,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, are in the midst of writing an original multimedia, musical sequence, “Moving Pictures,” which Harris will perform on Oscar Sunday, February 22, on ABC. Harris made the initial announcement on his Twitter account, posting the network’s first tweet using its new mobile video camera feature.

“On the heels of the international success of last year’s “Frozen” and their Oscar for “Let It Go,” we couldn’t be happier to have Kristen and Bobby Lopez write an incredibly special song for Neil Patrick Harris and special guests to perform this year on the Oscar stage,” said Zadan and Meron. “YouTube, get ready!”

“We love the Oscars® and have always been huge Neil Patrick Harris fans, so when he asked us to write him a song for this year’s show we said, ‘Yes!’ before he could finish the sentence – it’s possible he may have been asking us for something else,” said the Lopezes. “We are having so much fun collaborating, and have even enjoyed weaving our experience as Oscar nominees into the song.”

Lopez is an Oscar, Tony®, Emmy®, Grammy® winning songwriter and co-creator of the worldwide smash-hit Broadway musicals “Avenue Q” and “The Book of Mormon.” Anderson-Lopez in an Oscar-winning songwriter for film and television, who along with her husband, co-wrote songs for “Frozen” and “Winnie the Pooh.” The pair won an Oscar for original song for “Let It Go” from the 2013 Oscar-winning animated film “Frozen,” and are currently working on music for the upcoming stage musical “Up Here.”

The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by Zadan and Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.


Jan 282015
 

CHANNING TATUM REVEALS “TEAM OSCAR®” WINNERS ON “JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE”

Winners to Appear on Oscars® Telecast

“TEAM OSCAR®” Winners Announced By Channing Tatum On Jimmy Kimmel LiveActor Channing Tatum announced the winners of “Team Oscar” during his appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” The winners will deliver Oscar statuettes to celebrity presenters at the 87th Oscars on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC. Team Oscar winners were selected by Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, Tatum, and the Academy, based on a creative 60-second video on the subject, “The best piece of advice I’ve ever received.”

“Now in its third year, our Team Oscar program has become a real tradition for The Academy. We love giving these incredibly talented young filmmakers the experience of what it’s like to be on the Oscars stage, and making sure that everyone on that stage is connected to the future of film,” says Zadan and Meron.

The Team Oscar winners are:

  • Chris Carmona – Hometown: Bell, CA
  • Justin Craig – Hometown: Ballston Spa, NY
  • Kelly FitzGerald – Hometown: Geneva, NY
  • Justin Floyd – Hometown: Compton, CA
  • Rhianna Shaheen – Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
  • Patrick Walker – Hometown: Atlanta, GA

The winners’ videos can be viewed here.

“I’m so impressed by the creativity, passion and hard work that went into this year’s Team Oscar submissions,” said Tatum. “It was difficult to pick just six winners, but I’ll be proud to share the Oscars stage with these talented, young filmmakers in a few weeks.”

Team Oscar was open to U.S. citizens, ages 18 to 30. Filmmakers submitted, through the Academy’s Facebook page, a creative 60-second video on the subject “The best piece of advice I’ve ever received.”

United Airlines, the official airline sponsor of the Academy and of the Oscars telecast, will roll out the red carpet to fly the winners to Los Angeles to participate in Team Oscar.

In addition to their appearance on the Oscars, the winners will have a chance to explore the renowned collections at the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library, tour motion picture studios, and participate in meet-and greets-with filmmakers at Oscar Week events.

The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by Zadan and Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.


Jan 282015
 
“Siren” by Blue McRight

“Siren” by Blue McRight

Few artists can take the found objects route as adeptly and as wittily as Blue McRight. For the last year and a half she’s been working on a series of works that delve into her interest in water and seafaring. The results in the show “Drink Me” also reference the current drought in California and our troubled relationship to water in this part of the world. Most of the work is sculptural — including free-standing pieces that marry tape-wrapped tree branches or hoses with vintage brass watering nozzles and propellers; plus two installations incorporating vintage Boy Scout water canteens.

In the former series, McRight has covered the tubular shapes of tree branches or hoses with continuously wound tape, sometimes blue and sometimes black. One might see it as the “body” of the work. For the artist, the blue evokes the Blue-ringed Octopus —although beautiful to look at and much sought after by underwater photographers, it produces a deadly venom when provoked. The centerpiece in the main gallery is the sculpture “Siren,” which evokes that same beauty/danger paradox — “siren” being the name of the mythical female creatures who sat on rocks and sang alluring songs, drawing sailors to crash their boats on their shores. This “Siren” is nine-feet long and suspended by wire in the middle of the room, its body twisty and undulating (a large tree branch underneath), tipped with a couple dozen threatening-looking nozzles pointing in different directions. It is also reminiscent of another mythical monster of Greek mythology, the multi-headed Hydra.

In “Siren” and a series of much smaller pieces sitting on shelves in the next room, McRight has carefully wrapped the form in tape, and threaded the surfaces to help them keep their shape. An old propeller has been added to a couple of the smaller pieces, which overall seem more humorous and less threatening, due in part to their tabletop size; but each retains a lively character unto itself. Elsewhere, a wall of elegant drawings of nautical objects on white panel — including a propeller, an anchor, a ship – nicely rounds out this excellent exhibition.
Review by Scarlet Cheng

Blue McRight’s “Drink Me” is on view through February 14, 2015
at the Samuel Freeman Gallery
2639 South La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90034

Jan 272015
 

MUSIC SUPERSTAR ADAM LEVINE TO PERFORM AT THE OSCARS

Adam Levine Will Perform At The OSCARSGrammy®-winning singer, songwriter and actor Adam Levine will perform the Oscar®-nominated song “Lost Stars” at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.

“Adam Levine is an exceptional and dynamic artist. We’re thrilled to have him make his Oscars stage debut this year,” said Zadan and Meron.

“Lost Stars,” written by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois for the film “Begin Again,” is nominated for Original Song. The four other nominated songs are “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie,” “Glory” from “Selma,” “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights” and “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me.”

Levine is the lead singer for the group Maroon 5, which has received three Grammy® Awards, two for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals (2005 and 2007) and one for Best New Artist (2004). Levine made his feature film acting debut in “Begin Again,” which is directed by John Carney and also stars Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo.

The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by Zadan and Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Jan 242015
 

“DAME EDNA’S GLORIOUS GOODBYE – THE FAREWELL TOUR”
OPENS NEXT WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, AT 8 P.M. AT THE CTG /AHMANSON THEATRE

Dame Edna

Dame Edna in the Australia / New Zealand tour of “Eat Pray Laugh! Barry Humphries’ Farewell Tour,” adapted for the U.S. as “Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye – The Farewell Tour.” Directed by Simon Phillips, “Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye” plays January 24 – March 15, 2015, at the CTG/Ahmanson Theatre. Photo by Matt Jelonek

“I’m back at my home away from home on Grand Avenue.
And I’m at the height of my powers.
Let me heal you with laughter.”
– Dame Edna Everage

“Dame Edna may leave the stage, but she will never leave my heart. I love her. I honor her.
I cherish the high times she has made for me and millions of others.”
– John Lahr, The New Yorker

Dame EdnaThe Center Theatre Group engagement of “Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye – The Farewell Tour” opens on Wednesday, January 28 at the Ahmanson Theatre. The production continues through March 15, 2015.

The title role of Dame Edna Everage is played by Barry Humphries with an ensemble that includes Ralph Coppola, Brooke Pascoe, Eve Prideaux and Armando Yearwood, Jr. The production is directed by Simon Phillips with Jonathan Tessero serving as musical director and onstage accompanist and Andrew Ross serving as the musical supervisor.

Tickets for “Dame Edna” are available by calling (213) 972-4400, visiting www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, or in person at the Center Theatre Group box office at the Ahmanson Theatre. Tickets range from $25 – $115 (ticket prices are subject to change).
The Ahmanson Theatre is located at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012.


Jan 232015
 

ACADEMY’S FEBRUARY SCREENINGS TO FEATURE
“BACK TO THE FUTURE,” “BLADE RUNNER,” “THE GOONIES” AND “THE DEPARTED”

Double features presented in conjunction with Hollywood Costume exhibition

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences launches in February a new screening series, Return to Oz: Costuming the Big Adventures of 1985, and continues the series Two Sides of a Costume Designer, both in conjunction with the landmark Hollywood Costume exhibition now on view. All screenings will be held at the Bing Theater in Los Angeles.

Return to Oz: Costuming the Big Adventures of 1985
As rapidly advancing visual effects technology became a key driver of fantasy-adventure films of the 1980s, imaginative costume designs played a more subtle but equally important role in their creative and commercial success. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of a memorable year in American popular filmmaking, the Academy presents two fantasy-adventure double features spotlighting costumes designers Richard La Motte (“The Goonies”), Aggie Guerard Rodgers (“Pee-wee’s Big Adventure”), Deborah L. Scott (“Back to the Future”) and Raymond Hughes (“Return to Oz”).

February 13
The Goonies – 7:30 p.m.
Pee-wee’s Big Adventure – 9:40 p.m.

February 20
Back to the Future – 7:30 p.m.
Return to Oz – 9:40 p.m.

Two Sides of a Costume Designer
The Academy’s Saturday evening series continues with three pairings of impressive and varied achievements by costume designers working in multiple genres. The designers highlighted include Charles Knode (“Blade Runner”), Michael Kaplan (“Blade Runner,” “Fight Club”), Sandy Powell (“Wittgenstein,” “The Departed”) and Irene Sharaff (“Meet Me in St. Louis,” “West Side Story”).

February 14
Blade Runner – 5 p.m.
Fight Club – 7:30 p.m.

February 28
Meet Me in St. Louis – 5 p.m.
West Side Story – 7:30 p.m.

Jan 192015
 

REHEARSALS BEGIN FOR ARTHUR MILLER’S AMERICAN CLASSIC
“THE PRICE” AT THE CENTER THEATRE GROUP / MARK TAPER FORUM
FEATURING KATE BURTON, JOHN BEDFORD LLOYD,
ALAN MANDELL AND SAM ROBARDS

“The Price” In Rehearsals

L-R: Cast members John Bedford Lloyd, Kate Burton, Sam Robards and Alan Mandell at the first rehearsal for Arthur Miller’s classic drama “The Price,” directed by Garry Hynes, at the Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum. Photo by Craig Schwartz

Under The Direction of Tony-Winner Garry Hynes, “The Price”
Runs February 11 – March 22

Rehearsals began 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 21.

Directed by Tony Award-winner (“The Beauty Queen of Leenane”) Garry Hynes, this poignant story about the cost of choices made over a lifetime, features Kate Burton, John Bedford Lloyd, Alan Mandell and Sam Robards.
“The Price” also features set design by Matt Saunders, costume design by Terese Wadden, lighting design by James F. Ingalls and sound design by Cricket S. Myers. Casting is by Meg Fister and the production stage manager is David S. Franklin.

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.


Jan 182015
 

HUMANITAS AND CENTER THEATRE GROUP TO LAUNCH PLAY LA
New Programs Will Support Southern California Playwrights
Humanitas / CTG Annual Prize of $5,000 to be Awarded for Best New Unproduced Play
and $5,000 Given to Local Theatre for Production Support
PLAY LA Will Also Help Develop Up to Five New Plays a Year

CTG, Center Theatre Group

Humanitas, which has for years given budding television writers a leg up through its New Voices mentorship initiative, will now add support for locally based playwrights through PLAY LA, a new program launched in collaboration with Center Theatre Group (CTG). The announcement was made jointly by Humanitas President Ali LeRoi and CTG Artistic Director Michael Ritchie.

The annual Humanitas / CTG Playwriting Prize will be awarded to the best new unproduced play written by a Southern California-based emerging or mid-career writer. The playwright will receive a $5,000 cash prize and an additional $5,000 will be given to a local theatre to subsidize the play’s world-premiere production. Two runners-up will each be awarded a cash prize of $2,000.

The winning and runner-up plays will be developed with CTG’s literary staff, led by CTG’s Director of New Play Development Pier Carlo Talenti, and presented in professional readings in the spring of 2016 at CTG’s Kirk Douglas Theatre as part of a weekend celebration of new plays headlined by “Thanksgiving,” written by Humanitas Board of Directors Member John Sacret Young (“China Beach,” “The West Wing”).
Prize winners will be selected by a panel of noted Los Angeles theatre artists and CTG’s literary staff in conjunction with the Humanitas board of directors, trustees and executive director.

In addition, PLAY LA will develop up to five new plays written by local early- to mid-career writers interested in creating stage works from the ground up. Each playwright will receive a $1,500 stipend and access to advice from theatre, film and television professionals throughout the year.
The development of these PLAY LA plays will be overseen by award-winning playwright and screenwriter Shem Bitterman, founder of PlayLab at Los Angeles’ renowned Skylight Theatre. One play from PLAY LA will be featured as a workshop reading in the new, year-end PLAY LA weekend celebration of new plays at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.

“As the capital of the global entertainment industry, Southern California boasts what is probably the largest concentration of talented new and established writers in the world,” said LeRoi. “PLAY LA aims to recognize the many gifted playwrights among them and to support production of their work in our hometown while also encouraging a new era of cross-pollination between the Hollywood community and the local theatre scene.”
“PLAY LA is an exciting and unprecedented collaboration between CTG, a national leader in the development and creation of new theatre works, and Humanitas, a non-profit with a 40-year history of awarding and celebrating the very best in film and television writing,” said Ritchie. “As partners we will be able to foster great new dramatic writing in all media.”
The creation of PLAY LA comes three years after the launch of Humanitas’ successful New Voices program, which pairs emerging writers with television veterans. Mentors have included Ali LeRoi, Alan Ball, Jason Katims, David Shore, Hart Hanson, Bill Lawrence, David Hudgins and Robin Swicord. So far, 20 writers have participated in the New Voices program.
“Over the past few years, Humanitas has expanded from honoring great work to helping foster great work,” observed Humanitas Executive Director Cathleen Young. “New Voices was a big step toward identifying and nurturing the next generation of television writers. I have complete confidence that PLAY LA will have a similar impact on emerging and mid-career playwrights.”

About Center Theatre Group
Center Theatre Group is Los Angeles’ leading non-profit theatre company, programming seasons at the Mark Taper Forum and Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center, and the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to providing theatre of the highest caliber to the vibrant, diverse communities of Southern California, CTG supports a significant number of arts education, community partnerships and play development initiatives.

About Michael Ritchie
Michael Ritchie is in his 10th season as CTG’s Artistic Director, and has led over 174 productions, including 39 world premieres, since his arrival in 2005. He has premiered six musicals that moved to Broadway: “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Curtains,” “13,” “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” “9 to 5: The Musical” and “Leap of Faith,” and the play “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” (a Pulitzer Prize finalist). In addition, Ritchie inaugurated CTG’s Artistic Development Program, designed to foster the development and production of new work.

About Shem Bitterman
Shem Bitterman has written over 30 produced plays and screenplays. Awards include; PEN USA Award (“Harm’s Way”), CBS/FDG New Play Program (“Iowa Boys”), Kennedy Center Fund For New American Plays (“Beijing Legends”), SCR California Playwrights Competition (“The Ramp”), LA Drama Critic Circle’s Ted Schmitt Award (“The Job”). His teleplay, “Betty & Coretta,” was nominated for a Humanitas. His film, “Whitney,” directed by Angela Bassett, airs on Lifetime in January. In 2011, Shem initiated the PlayLab at LA’s Skylight Theatre which has been responsible for mentoring more than 25 original plays from idea stage to completion.

About Humanitas
Since its inception in 1974, The Humanitas Prize has awarded over $3 million to more than 320 deserving television and motion picture writers whose work affirms the dignity of the human person, probes the meaning of life, and enlightens the use of human freedom. Humanitas exists to encourage, stimulate and sustain the nation’s screenwriters in their humanizing task, and to give them the recognition they deserve. The Humanitas Prize is funded by an endowment established through the generosity of individuals, networks, studios and foundations.
Winners of the Humanitas Prize have included David O. Russell (“Silver Linings Playbook”); Ryan Coogler (“Fruitvale Station”); Geoffrey Fletcher (“Precious”); Steve Levitan (“Modern Family,” “Frasier”); Ryan Murphy (“GLEE”); Robert & Michelle King (“The Good Wife”); David E. Kelley (“The Practice,” “Picket Fences”); Ben Affleck and Matt Damon (“Good Will Hunting”); Steven Zaillian (“Schindler’s List”); David Shore (“HOUSE”); Aaron Sorkin (“The West Wing”); Tim Robbins (“Dead Man Walking”); Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights”); Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon and Pete Docter (“WALL-E”); Aseem Batra (“Scrubs”); Nancy Oliver (“Lars and the Real Girl”); Eric Roth & Michael Mann (“The Insider”); Paul Haggis (“Crash’); Steven Bochco (“Hill Street Blues,” “NYPD Blue”); and Keir Pearson & Terry George (“Hotel Rwanda”). For more information, please visit the Humanitas Prize at www.humanitasprize.org.


Jan 162015
 

“Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” in March & April at Ahmanson Theatre

"Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella" at Ahmanson Theatre

Paige Faure and Andy Jones in the national tour of “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, new book by Douglas Carter Beane and original book by Oscar Hammerstein II. Directed by Mark Brokaw and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” will be presented March 17 through April 26, 2015, at the Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre. Photo by Carol Rosegg

“Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella”
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
A New Book by Douglas Carter Beane
Original Book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music Adaptation, Supervision and Arrangements by David Chase
Orchestrations by Danny Troob
Choreography by Josh Rhodes
Directed by Mark Brokaw.

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With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” combines the story’s classic elements – glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who doesn’t let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness.

DATES and TIMES:
Preview March 17. Opens March 18th. Runs through April 26, 2015
Preview: (March 17) Tuesday at 8 p.m.
Opens Wednesday, March 18 at 8 p.m.
Regular Performances (March 19 – April 26, 2015):
Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. No Monday performances.
Exceptions: No public performance on Wednesday, March 25.
Added 2 p.m. performance on Thursday, April 23.
No 6:30 p.m. performance on Sunday, April 26.


Jan 152015
 

Complete List Of Oscar Nominations87TH OSCARS® NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

Directors Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams, actor Chris Pine and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards® today (January 15th). For the first time, nominees in all 24 categories were announced live.

Cuarón and Abrams announced the nominees in 11 categories at 5:30 a.m. PT, followed by Pine and Boone Isaacs for the remaining 13 categories at 5:38 a.m. PT, at the live news conference attended by more than 400 international media representatives. For a complete list of nominees, visit the official Oscars website, www.oscar.com.

Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. In the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominees are selected by a vote of multi-branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees.

Official screenings of all motion pictures with one or more nominations will begin for members on Saturday, January 24, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Screenings also will be held at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood and in London, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Active members of the Academy are eligible to vote for the winners in all categories.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2014 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Complete List Of Oscar Nominations

Nominations for the 87th Academy Awards

 

Performance by an actor in a leading role
Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper in “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything”

 

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Robert Duvall in “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke in “Boyhood”
Edward Norton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Mark Ruffalo in “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons in “Whiplash”

 

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Marion Cotillard in “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones in “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore in “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon in “Wild”

 

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Patricia Arquette in “Boyhood”
Laura Dern in “Wild”
Keira Knightley in “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Meryl Streep in “Into the Woods”

 

Best animated feature film of the year
“Big Hero 6” Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli
“The Boxtrolls” Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable and Travis Knight
“How to Train Your Dragon 2” Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold
“Song of the Sea” Tomm Moore and Paul Young
“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura

 

Achievement in cinematography
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Emmanuel Lubezki
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Robert Yeoman
“Ida” Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski
“Mr. Turner” Dick Pope
“Unbroken” Roger Deakins

 

Achievement in costume design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Milena Canonero
“Inherent Vice” Mark Bridges
“Into the Woods” Colleen Atwood
“Maleficent” Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive
“Mr. Turner” Jacqueline Durran

 

Achievement in directing
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Alejandro G. Iñárritu
“Boyhood” Richard Linklater
“Foxcatcher” Bennett Miller
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Wes Anderson
“The Imitation Game” Morten Tyldum

 

Best documentary feature
“CitizenFour” Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky
“Finding Vivian Maier” John Maloof and Charlie Siskel
“Last Days in Vietnam” Rory Kennedy and Keven McAlester
“The Salt of the Earth” Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and David Rosier
“Virunga” Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

 

Best documentary short subject
“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1” Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry
“Joanna” Aneta Kopacz
“Our Curse” Tomasz Sliwinski and Maciej Slesicki
“The Reaper (La Parka)” Gabriel Serra Arguello
“White Earth” J. Christian Jensen

 

Achievement in film editing
“American Sniper” Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach
“Boyhood” Sandra Adair
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Barney Pilling
“The Imitation Game” William Goldenberg
“Whiplash” Tom Cross

 

Best foreign language film of the year
“Ida” Poland
“Leviathan” Russia
“Tangerines” Estonia
“Timbuktu” Mauritania
“Wild Tales” Argentina

 

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling
“Foxcatcher” Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier
“Guardians of the Galaxy” Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White

 

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Alexandre Desplat
“The Imitation Game” Alexandre Desplat
“Interstellar” Hans Zimmer
“Mr. Turner” Gary Yershon
“The Theory of Everything” Jóhann Jóhannsson

 

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
“Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie”
Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson
“Glory” from “Selma”
Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
“Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights”
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me”
Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
“Lost Stars” from “Begin Again”
Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois

 

Best motion picture of the year
“American Sniper” Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan, Producers
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole, Producers
“Boyhood” Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland, Producers
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson, Producers
“The Imitation Game” Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman, Producers
“Selma” Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers
“The Theory of Everything” Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten, Producers
“Whiplash” Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster, Producers

 

Achievement in production design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
“The Imitation Game” Production Design: Maria Djurkovic; Set Decoration: Tatiana Macdonald
“Interstellar” Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
“Into the Woods” Production Design: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
“Mr. Turner” Production Design: Suzie Davies; Set Decoration: Charlotte Watts

 

Best animated short film
“The Bigger Picture” Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees
“The Dam Keeper” Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi
“Feast” Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed
“Me and My Moulton” Torill Kove
“A Single Life” Joris Oprins

 

Best live action short film
“Aya” Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis
“Boogaloo and Graham” Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney
“Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak)” Hu Wei and Julien Féret
“Parvaneh” Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger
“The Phone Call” Mat Kirkby and James Lucas

 

Achievement in sound editing
“American Sniper” Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Martín Hernández and Aaron Glascock
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” Brent Burge and Jason Canovas
“Interstellar” Richard King
“Unbroken” Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro

 

Achievement in sound mixing
“American Sniper” John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Thomas Varga
“Interstellar” Gary A. Rizzo, Gregg Landaker and Mark Weingarten
“Unbroken” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and David Lee
“Whiplash” Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley

 

Achievement in visual effects
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill and Dan Sudick
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Erik Winquist
“Guardians of the Galaxy” Stephane Ceretti, Nicolas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner and Paul Corbould
“Interstellar” Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer

 

Adapted screenplay
“American Sniper” Written by Jason Hall
“The Imitation Game” Written by Graham Moore
“Inherent Vice” Written for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Theory of Everything” Screenplay by Anthony McCarten
“Whiplash” Written by Damien Chazelle

 

Original screenplay
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo
“Boyhood” Written by Richard Linklater
“Foxcatcher” Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
“Nightcrawler” Written by Dan Gilroy


Jan 142015
 

Oscars® Nominations Announcement LIVE On Anything L.A.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the 87th Oscars® Nominations on Thursday, January 15th 2015, 5:30 a.m. PST at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California.

You’ll be able to watch the LIVE stream of 2014 Oscars® Nominations Announcement LIVE On Anything L.A.! (To view 2014 Oscars® Nominations Announcement LIVE, click on the picture, BELOW!)


Jan 122015
 

CTG SELECTS 12 STUDENTS FOR AUGUST WILSON MONOLOGUE COMPETITION REGIONAL FINALS TO BE HELD AT THE MARK TAPER FORUM ON MARCH 2

National Competition to Take Place May 4 in New York

Mark Taper Forum

Regional finals will take place at Mark Taper Forum

Center Theatre Group has selected 12 local students to participate in the regional finals of the 2015 August Wilson Monologue Competition (AWMC) to be held at the CTG/Mark Taper Forum on March, 2, 2015.

With the support of the CTG Affiliates, this is the fourth consecutive year that CTG will host the Southern California component of the national monologue competition. The program is designed to inspire and educate Los Angeles youth through the work of August Wilson.

“Center Theatre Group is honored to play a part in sustaining the legacy of August Wilson by introducing him and his work to a new generation. The power of CTG’s August Wilson Monologue Competition is in giving students the opportunity to study a significant African-American playwright as a source for their own education, self-reflection and creative expression,” says CTG’s Director of Education and Community Partnerships Leslie K. Johnson. “I am incredibly proud of all the young people who participated in the program and am excited to work with our regional finalists as they prepare for their performance at the Mark Taper Forum. I can’t wait to see this year’s participants bring Wilson’s characters to life.”

Those chosen to participate in the competition are Philip Patrick Bucknor (Los Angeles), Javen K. Crosby (Burbank), Danielle N. Davis (Los Angeles), Trécey Dory (Los Angeles), Shaila Essley (Chino Hills), Avery Girion (Sherman Oaks), Camryn Hamm (Rancho Cucamonga), Katharine Lauffer (Valencia), Wayne R. Mackins-Harris (Los Angeles), Miles Millikan (Los Angeles), Wendy R. Morrow (Los Angeles) and Paul Vincent III (North Hollywood). The students represent several local high schools including Idyllwild Arts Academy, Los Angeles High School of the Arts, Marlborough School, Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts, Rancho Cucamonga High School and Valencia High School.


Jan 112015
 

REHEARSALS HAVE BEGUN FOR CULTURE CLASH’S
“CHAVEZ RAVINE: AN L.A. REVIVAL”
OPENING FEBRUARY 4TH 2015, AT THE CTG / KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE

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

REHEARSALS FOR “CHAVEZ RAVINE: AN L.A. REVIVAL” HAVE BEGUN

Front row (L-R): Cast members Herbert Siguenza, Richard Montoya and Ric Salinas and back row (L-R): Randy Rodarte, Vaneza Mari Calderón, Sabina Zuniga Varela and Scott Rodarte in rehearsal for Culture Clash’s “Chavez Ravine: An L.A. Revival” at the CTG/Kirk Douglas Theatre. Directed by Lisa Peterson, “Chavez Ravine: An L.A. Revival” plays January 27 through March 1, 2015.
Photo by Craig Schwartz

Rehearsals have begun 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.
Joel Hirschhorn of Variety said that the world premiere of “Chavez Ravine” was “… an enjoyable madcap world of clashing characters and it brings to life a legendary Los Angeles story about Latinos uprooted from their homes by powerful politicians … most of the roles are played by Culture Clash … their kooky, kinetic joy in performing is contagious.”

Culture Clash is celebrating its 30th year of bold and fun theatre-making. Since 1984, Culture Clash – Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza – has combined its own satiric sense along with a vaudevillian tradition of performance into a group that has continually redefined the boundaries of theatre and broken down the divisions between cultures. Culture Clash has performed all over the country at major resident theatres and performing arts centers, and wrote, executive-produced and starred in 30 episodes of the first ever Latino-themed sketch comedy show, “Culture Clash the T.V. Show” for Fox Broadcasting.

“Chavez Ravine” was originally commissioned by Center Theatre Group. The presentation at the Kirk Douglas Theatre is the seventh Culture Clash presentation at CTG. In addition to “Chavez Ravine” – “Water & Power” (world premiere), “Carpa Clash,” and “Palestine, New Mexico” (world premiere) were all presented at the Mark Taper Forum, “American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose” was presented at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and “Culture Clash in Bordertown” was presented at The Actors’ Gang on Santa Monica Blvd.

Tickets for “Chavez Ravine” are available at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, the CTG box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre, at the Kirk Douglas Theatre box office starting two hours before curtain or by calling (213) 628-2772. The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City.


Jan 102015
 

FOR THE FIRST TIME, ACADEMY TO ANNOUNCE OSCAR® NOMINATIONS IN ALL 24 CATEGORIES LIVE

NOMINATIONS TO BE DELIVERED IN NEW TWO-PART PRESENTATION

CHRIS PINE AND ACADEMY PRESIDENT CHERYL BOONE ISAACS TO
PRESENT NOMINATIONS IN 13 CATEGORIES INCLUDING BEST PICTURE

ALFONSO CUARÓN AND J.J. ABRAMS TO PRESENT SPECIAL EARLY
ANNOUNCEMENT OF 11 CATEGORIES

GLOBAL LIVE STREAM AVAILABLE AT OSCARS.ORG/LIVE

A FIRST: OSCAR® NOMINATIONS IN ALL CATEGORIES TO BE ANNOUNCED LIVE

Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today that actor Chris Pine, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, and directors Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams, on Thursday, January 15, will announce the nominations in all 24 Oscar categories at a special two-part live news conference at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

“Each of the three years we’ve produced the show, we have attempted to refresh elements of the process and the telecast,” said Zadan and Meron. “This year, we’re honored to start a new tradition that celebrates the contributions of all the nominees by announcing all 24 categories. We’re thrilled that a distinguished actor and two world-class film directors are part of the initial launch.”

At 5:30 a.m. PT, Cuarón and Abrams will announce the nominees in the following categories: Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Film Editing, Original Song, Production Design, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects.

At 5:38 a.m. PT, Pine and Boone Isaacs will take the stage to unveil the nominations for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Cinematography, Costume Design, Directing, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Score, Adapted Screenplay, Original Screenplay and Best Picture.

“We’re delighted to have Chris, Alfonso and J.J. participate in the excitement of Nominations morning, which, for the first time, will highlight nominees in all categories,” said Boone Isaacs. “This new approach enables the Academy to further recognize excellence across our entire industry and underscore the full spectrum of the arts and sciences of motion pictures.”

“We’re thrilled to have such exceptional talents present the nominations in a completely new format that furthers our mission and honors all of the artists who make movies,” said Dawn Hudson, Academy CEO.

The Nominations Announcement is a live news conference where more than 400 media representatives from around the world will be gathered. The event will be broadcasted and streamed live on www.oscars.org/live.

Nominations information for all categories will be distributed simultaneously to news media in attendance and via the official Oscars website, www.oscar.com.

Pine’s starring role as Kirk in the 2009 feature “Star Trek” propelled him to worldwide prominence. He reprised the character in the sequel “Star Trek Into Darkness.” Pine’s other feature credits include “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” “Horrible Bosses 2” and “Into the Woods.” Pine will next be seen in “Z for Zachariah,” due out later this year, and “The Finest Hours,” due out in 2016.

Cuarón is an Academy Award®-winning filmmaker best known for his features “A Little Princess,” “Y Tu Mamá También,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” “Children of Men” and “Gravity.” He most recently won Oscars® for directing and editing “Gravity” and received a Best Picture nomination as a producer on the film. Cuarón also has earned an Original Screenplay nomination for “Y Tu Mamá También,” and Film Editing and Adapted Screenplay nominations for “Children of Men.”

Abrams is a director, screenwriter and producer whose credits include such feature films as “Mission: Impossible III,” “Star Trek,” “Super 8” and “Star Trek Into Darkness,” as well as such television series as “Lost,” “Fringe” and “Person of Interest.” He won two Emmy® Awards in 2005 for directing and executive producing “Lost.” Abrams is currently directing “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” producing “Mission: Impossible 5,” and executive producing the series “Roadies” for Showtime and “Westworld” for HBO.

Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2014 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by Zadan and Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Jan 092015
 

R&B LEGEND CHARLIE WILSON ANNOUNCES FOREVER CHARLIE TOUR
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS KEM AND JOE WILL COME TO NOKIA THEATRE L.A. LIVE ON MARCH 25TH

The New Album Forever Charlie In Stores January 27th 2015

Charlie Wilson’s Forever Charlie Tour Will Come To L.A. In March
Grammy nominated artist Charlie Wilson announced today his national tour Forever Charlie will kick off on February 12, 2015 in Cleveland, OH. Charlie Wilson’s new single “Goodnight Kisses” was the #1 most added song at Urban Radio and Billboard says about the single “…Over snap-and-swing doo-wop-inspired production, the GAP Band co-founder sings sweetly about his loved one’s smoochies. Wilson is still as convincing a romantic as ever.” Charlie is joined on Tour by highly regarded “Kem” and “Joe.” Both of whom will perform all of their numerous hits. The Forever Charlie Tour will truly be the “R&B Event of 2015”. Tickets for the March 25th concert at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE will go on sale Friday, January 9th at 10am at AXS.com.

Fans who pre-order Forever Charlie, from the singer’s official on-line store, will gain first access to pre-sale tickets for the upcoming tour. At the time of purchase, buyers will receive a pre-sale code. This particular pre-sale will begin on January 6th at 10:00 AM local time. The general public on-sale begins January 9th starting at 10:00 AM local time. Detailed information will be available on www.charliewilsonmusic.com.

American Express card members can also enjoy a pre-sale by purchasing tickets using their AMEX card beginning January 7th at 10:00 AM local time. VIP packages will be available and will include a seat within the first 10 rows and a meet and greet with Charlie Wilson (among other exclusive VIP tour items).

“I am so glad to be on the road once again and to bring my show to so many cities across the country. It’s going to be a special night for all the ladies that will join me and my special guests!” says Charlie Wilson.

Wilson has received seven Grammy nominations and multiple awards throughout his career; he was named Billboard magazine’s #1 Adult R&B Artist and has had eight #1 records that topped the Billboard Urban Adult Contemporary radio chart including, “Without You,” “Charlie, Last Name Wilson,” “Magic,” “There Goes My Baby,” “Can’t Live Without You,” “You Are,” “Life of the Party” and “My Love Is All I Have.” Most recently, Wilson received a Grammy nomination for the songs “If I Believe” in the Gospel category; he was also an NAACP Outstanding Album Award winner for the album Love, Charlie and BET presented to Wilson a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.

For more information on Charlie Wilson please visit his official website at www.charliewilsonmusic.com