Tribeca Film Presents Struck by Lighting World premiere

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Tribeca Film presents the premiere of STRUCK BY LIGHTNING held at the Chinese 6 on January 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California, United States

STRUCK BY LIGHTNING’s director Brian Dannelly, writer, producer and star Chris Colfer and co-stars Rebel Wilson, Sarah Hyland, Dermot Mulroney, Angela Kinsey, Carter Jenkins, Ashley Rickards, Roberto Aguire, Matt Prokop, Robbie Amell, Graham Rogers, Allie Grant, Michael Van London, producers David Permut and Mia Chang, co-producer Monica Aguirre and Executive Producer Glenn Rigberg.

Also joined by Tribeca Enterprises’s Matt Spangler, Adam Shankman, Darren Criss, Bob Saget, Romy Rosemont, Harry Shum Jr., Ashley Fink, Reid Ewing, Lauren Potter, Dot Jones, Max Adler, Josh Sussman, Dominic Barnes, Shawn Pyfrom, Beth Behrs, Carolyn Hennesy, Zoe Lister-Jones, Italia Ricci and Kate Flannery among others!

High school senior Carson Phillips (Chris Colfer) was destined for bigger things than his close-minded small town could ever offer. He was on a path to greatness, but destiny had a different plan when he was suddenly killed by a bolt of lightning in his school parking lot.

Demonstrating that life is what happens while you’re busy planning your future, Carson recounts the last few weeks of his life via witty, insightful flashbacks, including a blackmail scheme targeting the popular kids in school that he concocts with his best friend (Rebel Wilson, BRIDESMAIDS), and a home life that includes a mother (Allison Janney, JUNO, “The West Wing”) who’s more interested in the bottle than her son’s future and an estranged father (Dermot Mulroney, MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING) who suddenly appears with a pregnant fiancée (Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”).

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Tribeca Film Release: STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
National Premiere across the country January 6, 2013,
OPENING LIMITED Friday, January 11th

Dancing with the Stars Karina Smirnoff Miami NYE Bash

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KARINA SMIRNOFF RINGS-IN THE NEW YEAR IN SHIMMERING FORM AT THE CATALINA HOTEL ON MIAMI BEACH

A capacity crowd Dances with the Stars as disco fever shrouds the hottest party in South Beach

Miami Beach, FL – January 2nd, 2013: The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club, together with renowned Miami Beach party aficionado, Gerry Kelly, delivered the ultimate STUDIO 54 New Years Eve celebration, hosted by the nation’s beloved dancing queen, Karina Smirnoff, from Dancing With The Stars, at The Catalina Hotel on South Beach this week, attended by more than 1000 party goers.

The legendary Studio 54 party from the swinging seventies was recreated within the sexiest boutique hotel in South Florida as ticket holders and passers-by were memorized by the full-scale outdoor production that brought Collins Avenue to a complete standstill. The lobby of The Catalina Hotel was transformed into a Disco Dance Room with an LED dance floor, while DJ Panic Bomber provided disco beats in to the early hours of 2013. The Groovy Cocktail Lounge within Maxine’s Bamboo Pool area was overflowing with a stylish crowd of VIPs while Miami Beach’s own celebrated masters of Latin funk and soul, Spam Allstars brought their live acoustic performance on to the outdoor patio stage in front of hotel, complete with seventies costumed dancers wearing platform heels that towered over the buckets of bubbly in the VIP area.

The evening’s celebrity host, Karina Smirnoff, made a grand entrance, escorted by hotel owner, Nathan Lieberman, for photos on the red carpet with Alan and Diane Lieberman, event promoter Gerry Kelly and Miami Beach Mayor Matti Bower, while onlookers clambered for their own pictures alongside the Dancing with the Stars icon who was wearing a stunning knee-length dress by Jovani, that shimmered with every paparazzi flash.

“If this is what the original Studio 54 was like, then I want to go back in time and check it out. This has been a blast!” said Smirnoff. “I wanted to dance my way into the New Year and thanks to the incredible Spam Allstars my friends and I made it happen! It was the perfect way to start 2013!”

As the numerous cheers and countdowns to midnight began throughout the hotel property, Smirnoff took to the stage as the crowd converged around the patio for the evening’s main toast to the New Year for which the trained ballroom dancer made on the band’s microphone. “I wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!” said Smirnoff, as her countdown with champagne toast echoed over the loud speakers across Collins Avenue.

“Our Studio 54 New Years Eve party was, without a doubt, the most epic end-of-year celebration we have ever had,” said Nathan Lieberman, owner of The Catalina Hotel. “Disco fever was abundant along Collins Avenue in South Beach on Monday night and we were treated to a very special dance floor performance by the queen of Dancing with the Stars!”

AMA and The Magic Castle 50th Anniversary Celebration

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Academy of Magical Arts & the Magic Castle
Celebrate 50 Magical Years

Iconic Hollywood Landmark, AMA President Neil Patrick Harris, Performing Magicians & Celebrity Guests Launch Year-Long Celebration Jan. 2nd

L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge to Present Proclamation
Designating “Academy of Magical Arts & Magic Castle Day” in Los Angeles

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013, the Academy of Magical Arts (AMA) launched a year-long celebration with festivities that began Jan 2nd, 2013.

The AMA, an extraordinary, non-profit social order located in the heart of historic Hollywood, is the premier organization dedicated to the art of magic. Its clubhouse, the Magic Castle, is one of the most unique private clubs in the world. The AMA’s membership includes performing magicians and illusionist of all levels – including entertainment’s most pre-eminent, world-renowned artists – as well as associate members who simply love the art and the establishment.

AMA president, Emmy Award-winning actor and performing magician Neil Patrick Harris commented, “Hollywood is a magical place and nowhere is that more true than at the Academy of Magical Arts and the Magic Castle. The AMA is devoted to advancing the art of magic, preserving its history – which dates back to ancient civilization – and promoting public interest in magic as an entertainment medium and hobby. Our 50th anniversary is a wonderful milestone and a unique opportunity to celebrate and share our love of this secretive and mystical art form.”

Added Los Angeles City Councilman (4th District) Tom LaBonge, “The Magic Castle is a Hollywood institution.
I couldn’t be more honored to recognize such an incredible place.”

WHAT: AMA Celebrates 50 Years in 2013 … Launches Year-Long Celebration
WHO: AMA President Neil Patrick Harris, Performing Magicians & Celebrity Guests
Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge Presents City Proclamation
Red Carpet Arrival of Celebrity Guests
WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, 4 p.m.
WHERE: The Magic Castle, 7001 Franklin Ave. (at Orange), Hollywood, CA 90028

Celebrities in attendance included; Neil Patrick Harris, Seth Green, Kate Linder, Dee Wallace, Gabrielle Stone, Tippi Hedren, Dawn Wells, Siegfried Fischbacher, Richard Sherman, Stephen Kramer Glickman, Rose Marie and more.

About the Academy of Magical Arts, Inc.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013, the Academy of Magical Arts (AMA) is a unique non-profit. The AMA’s membership – including the world’s most pre-eminent and celebrated magicians and illusionists – live by the “Magic First” creed, devoted to the advancement of the art of magic and preserving its history. Its headquarters and private clubhouse, the Magic Castle, has been an internationally revered gathering place for the magic brotherhood since opening its doors in 1963. Located in historic Hollywood in an elegant, Victorian-era mansion, the Castle is an experience within itself—a remarkable meeting spot that captures a lost era and is timeless in its appeal, having hosted generations of magic enthusiasts from around the globe, as well as show biz elite from Cary Grant, Tony Curtis and Johnny Carson (all performing members) to Katy Perry and Johnny Depp. Leading the AMA as president of the Board of Directors is Emmy Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris. The Magic Castle was founded by writer, actor, magician and entrepreneur Milt Larsen and his late brother, Bill Larsen, Jr. Visit us online at: www.MagicCastle.com

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Adam Lambert unhappy about Les Miserables

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Singer Adam Lambert not too happy about Les Miserables stars: Saying They’re “Great Actors Pretending to Be Singers” Therefore, he wants a refund on his Les Miserables movie tickets.

After catching the musical this week, the American Idol’s season 8 runner-up took to Twitter to give his honest take on the Movie.

“Les Mis: Visually impressive with great Emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers. It’s an opera. Hollywood’s movie musicals treat the singing as the last priority,” Lambert wrote.

He gave Anne Hathaway a pass for her “breathtaking” performance as a dying prostitute Fantine, but slammed the rest of the cast for singing live while filming. “I do think it was cool they were singing live, but with that cast, they should have studio recorded and sweetened the vocals. . . The singing was so distracting at times it pulled me out.”

“The industry will say ‘these actors were so brave to attempt singing this score live,’ but why not cast actors who could actually sound good? Sorry for being so harsh but it’s so true!” he continued his rant on Twitter.

Calls to the producers of Les Miserables for a comment were not immediately returned.

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Lindsay Lohan offered a job by Big Time Rush Star

Big Time Rush star Stephen Kramer Glickman offers a lucrative job to Lindsay Lohan that will pay off her Taxes. The Comedian who plays the role of Gustavo Rocque on the Hit show “Big Time Rush” says his Plan of action is to hire the troubled Mean Girls actress as his “Assistant” on the Upcoming Season 4. The Funny man asserts that he has already contacted Lohan’s people and thus spoken with a “Homeless” Man who is her agent at the moment and that she’s on board a hundred percent. Glickman was spotted outside of the Comics Bookstore after his “Bob is Dead” Art Opening at the famous West Hollywood location Dec 28, 2012 in West Hollywood, CA, United States.

Actress Stephanie Okereke-Linus Builds Global Film Brand

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Nollywood Actress Stephanie Okereke-Linus Builds Global Film Brand While Giving Back to Society

After her successful debut as writer, director and producer of the award-winning film “Through the Glass,” Nollywood actress Stephanie Okereke-Linus is working on a new filmmaking project, titled “Dry,” that will further her mission of helping victims of vesico vaginal fistula (VVF). The feature film is the latest in Okereke-Linus’ myriad endeavors, which also include international acclaim as a model, style icon, and winner of the 2008 Beyond the Tears Humanitarian Award for her work against rape and VVF.

VVF are holes resulting from a breakdown between the vaginal wall and the bladder or rectum, usually caused by days of a baby struggling to fit through the birth canal. In “Dry,” Okereke-Linus tells the story of two young girls trying to survive in a world of rejection and hopelessness brought on by their condition. The film will raise funds to pay for VVF surgery and rehabilitation, and after its premiere, a mobile movie theatre will take it to African villages and towns, particularly those where VVF patients reside.

Okereke-Linus has earned a reputation as Africa’s foremost actress, especially in Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry, which The New York Times reported to be the world’s third largest. In 2002, she became a household name in Nigeria for her performance in the movie “Emotional Crack,” which earned eight awards. Okereke-Linus herself won the 2003 Reel Awards for Best Actress English and Best Actress. The movie was screened at New York City’s 2004 African Film Festival.

Since then, Okereke-Linus has starred in more than 100 films. In 2006, she won the Afro-Hollywood Award and the Film Makers USA Award for Excellence, followed by the Miriam Makeba Award for Excellence in 2007.

“Through the Glass” premiered in October 2008 at the Pacific Design Center in Hollywood, Calif. and won the Recognition Award from the California Legislature and the city of Carson. It opened in theaters across Nigeria in 2009 and was the country’s first film to gross over 10 million naira in its first week. The movie was nominated for African Academy Movie Award as Best Screen Play. In 2010, the film premiered in Switzerland, the first Nigerian movie to open in a Swiss cinema, and it also had a market screening at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010.

In 2010, Okereke-Linus was featured in the CNN documentary “50 years of Nigerian Independence.” That same year, she joined Hollywood A-list star Meryl Streep, for an exclusive stage reading of the play “Seven” at the Hudson Theatre in New York City as part of the Women in the World Conference, opened by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Okereke-Linus has been nominated three times for the prestigious Africa Movie Academy Awards. She was awarded Nigeria’s fourth highest award, Member of the Order of the Federal Republic. She also serves as a brand ambassador for LG Super 3D Smart Phone, Kanekalon, recently winning the Eloy award for brand ambassador of 2012 and a brand icon for numerous Nigerian fashion designers, Okereke-Linus is a graduate of the New York Film Academy. She married Idahosa Linus in the spring of 2012 in Paris, and fans can share their joy in the wedding video titled “BEST WEDDING VIDEO EVER”. In addition to “Dry,” Okereke-Linus plans a reality show in the near future.

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AMA & The Magic Castle 50th Anniversary Celebration

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Academy of Magical Arts & the Magic Castle
Celebrate 50 Magical Years

Iconic Hollywood Landmark, AMA President Neil Patrick Harris, Performing Magicians & Celebrity Guests Launch Year-Long Celebration Jan. 2nd

L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge to Present Proclamation
Designating “Academy of Magical Arts & Magic Castle Day” in Los Angeles

HOLLYWOOD — Dec. 27, 2012 — Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013, the Academy of Magical Arts (AMA) will launch a year-long celebration with festivities beginning Jan. 2.

The AMA, an extraordinary, non-profit social order located in the heart of historic Hollywood, is the premier organization dedicated to the art of magic. Its clubhouse, the Magic Castle, is one of the most unique private clubs in the world. The AMA’s membership includes performing magicians and illusionist of all levels – including entertainment’s most pre-eminent, world-renowned artists – as well as associate members who simply love the art and the establishment.

AMA president, Emmy Award-winning actor and performing magician Neil Patrick Harris commented, “Hollywood is a magical place and nowhere is that more true than at the Academy of Magical Arts and the Magic Castle. The AMA is devoted to advancing the art of magic, preserving its history – which dates back to ancient civilization – and promoting public interest in magic as an entertainment medium and hobby. Our 50th anniversary is a wonderful milestone and a unique opportunity to celebrate and share our love of this secretive and mystical art form.”

Added Los Angeles City Councilman (4th District) Tom LaBonge, “The Magic Castle is a Hollywood institution.
I couldn’t be more honored to recognize such an incredible place.”

WHAT: AMA Celebrates 50 Years in 2013 … Launches Year-Long Celebration
WHO: AMA President Neil Patrick Harris, Performing Magicians & Celebrity Guests
Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge Presents City Proclamation
Red Carpet Arrival of Celebrity Guests
WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, 4 p.m.
WHERE: The Magic Castle, 7001 Franklin Ave. (at Orange), Hollywood, CA 90028

OTHER CELEBRITY GUESTS ATTENDING INCLUDE: Seth Green (Family Guy), Matthew Gray Gubler (CBS’s Criminal Minds), Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), Dawn Wells (Gilligan’s Island), Tippi Hedren (The Birds), Kate Linder (CBS’s The Young and the Restless), former L.A. mayor Richard J. Riordan, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and Gay Blackstone (wife of famed magician, Harry Blackstone, Jr.), among many more TBA.

About the Academy of Magical Arts, Inc.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013, the Academy of Magical Arts (AMA) is a unique non-profit. The AMA’s membership – including the world’s most pre-eminent and celebrated magicians and illusionists – live by the “Magic First” creed, devoted to the advancement of the art of magic and preserving its history. Its headquarters and private clubhouse, the Magic Castle, has been an internationally revered gathering place for the magic brotherhood since opening its doors in 1963. Located in historic Hollywood in an elegant, Victorian-era mansion, the Castle is an experience within itself—a remarkable meeting spot that captures a lost era and is timeless in its appeal, having hosted generations of magic enthusiasts from around the globe, as well as show biz elite from Cary Grant, Tony Curtis and Johnny Carson (all performing members) to Katy Perry and Johnny Depp. Leading the AMA as president of the Board of Directors is Emmy Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris. The Magic Castle was founded by writer, actor, magician and entrepreneur Milt Larsen and his late brother, Bill Larsen, Jr. Visit us online at: www.MagicCastle.com

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NOH8 Campaign party ~ Singer Kerli swarmed by fans!

Singer Kerli gives a warm welcome to fans as she arrives at the NOH8 Campaign Party at the Avalon Hollywood on 12/12/12

Hugh Jackman honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hugh Jackman was honored with his very own Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Watch as he talks about how getting his own Star is a surreal experience and how grateful and thankful he is.

Salvation Army’s Rock the Red Kettle Concert on Saturday, December 15th at 7:30 pm at L.A. LIVE

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Salvation Army’s Rock the Red Kettle Concert on Saturday, December 15th at 7:30 pm at L.A. LIVE.  As part of AEG’s Season of Giving, the concert is part of the oldest annual charitable fundraiser of its kind in the United States, and will feature performances by Owl City, Hot Chelle Rae, Andy Grammer, Brigit Mendler and upcoming Argentinean band Sonus.