Celine Dion raises funds for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Celine Dion, Caesars Entertainment and AEG Live Raise $1 Million with Special Performance Benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Legendary Entertainer Pays Tribute to Cause with Touching Benefit Event

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is one step closer to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis thanks to a little help from some superstar friends. More than $1 million was raised in support of cystic fibrosis research efforts last night during a special performance “Adding Tomorrows with Celine Dion,” a partnership with international music icon Celine Dion, Caesars Entertainment, AEG Live and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Held at Caesars Palace, the evening included a performance of Celine Dion’s glamorous show by Grammy Awards producer Ken Ehrlich and featured a touching tribute to those with cystic fibrosis during her rendition of Billy Joel’s “Lullabye.”

Funds from the benefit concert will support critical research for cystic fibrosis, a fatal genetic disease that causes debilitating lung infections and premature death. As the world’s leading organization fighting cystic fibrosis, the CF Foundation funds more research than any other organization and is fueling tremendous advances toward a cure and improving the lives of those with the disease.

Celine lost her niece Karine to cystic fibrosis in 1993 and has been involved in the fight against this disease as the Celebrity Patron for Cystic Fibrosis Canada since 1982.

“The cystic fibrosis cause holds a very special place in my heart and I’m honored to have been able to team up with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, my partners at Caesars Entertainment and AEG Live to help raise funds and awareness for this worthy cause,” said Celine. “We’re making dramatic progress in treating this terrible disease, and I truly hope that one day soon, CF will stand for ‘cure found.’”

Prior to Celine’s benefit performance guests who purchased special VIP packages were treated to an exclusive welcome reception and group photo with Celine during her pre-concert sound check, dinner at Old Homestead Steakhouse and admission to a private post-concert reception at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill sponsored by Southern Wine & Spirits.

About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. The Foundation funds more CF research than any other organization, and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support. Based in Bethesda, Md., the Foundation also supports and accredits a national care center network that has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a model of care for a chronic disease. The CF Foundation is a donor-supported nonprofit organization. For more information, go to www.cff.org.

CAESARS PALACE

Reigning at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, Caesars Palace features 3,960 hotel guest rooms and suites, including the brand new Octavius Tower and 181-room Nobu Hotel. The 85-acre resort offers 25 diverse dining options including celebrity chef-branded restaurants by Gordon Ramsay, Bobby Flay and Guy Savoy, the award-winning Bacchanal Buffet, nearly 130,000 square-feet of casino space, a five-acre Garden of the Gods pool oasis and the award-winning Qua Baths & Spa. The Forum Shops at Caesars showcases more than 160 boutiques and restaurants and the 4,300-seat Colosseum spotlights world class entertainers such as Celine Dion, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Shania Twain and Jerry Seinfeld. For more information, please visit www.caesarspalace.com or caesars.thedigitalcenter.com to access media materials and request high-resolution images. Find Caesars Palace on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

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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

FX’s Justified Season 4 premiere screening

PREMIERE SCREENING OF FX’s JUSTIFIED SEASON 4 held Saturday, January 5, 2013 at Paramount Theatre, Paramount Studios in Hollywood,CA, United States. In attendance were ; Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter, Jacobs Pitts, Erica Tazel, Walton Goggins, Natalie Zea, Graham Yost, Jim Beaver, Robert Baker, Casey Brown, Joe Mazzello, Raymond Barry, Patton Oswalt, David Meunier, Abby Miller, Lindsay Pulsipher, Shelby Malone, Daniela Bobadilla
In Season 4, Raylan will start to pick at the thread of a cold case over 30 years in the making, unraveling a riddle that echoes all the way back to his boyhood and his criminal father’s bad dealings. Meanwhile Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) finds his grip on Harlan loosening due to a Pentecostal preacher with a penchant for theatrics and a knack for manipulation to rival his own.

The series co-stars Walton Goggins as ‘Boyd Crowder;’ Nick Searcy as Givens’ longtime friend and boss ‘Chief Deputy Art Mullen;’ Jacob Pitts as ‘Deputy Marshal Tim Gutterson;’ Erica Tazel as ‘Deputy Marshal Rachel Brooks;’ and Joelle Carter as ‘Ava Crowder.’ Yost wrote the pilot and serves as Executive Producer/Writer on the series. Leonard is also an Executive Producer on the series along with Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman and Fred Golan. Justified is produced by Sony Pictures Television and FX Productions.

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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Kim Kardashian opens up about her pregnancy

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Reality TV Star Kim Kardashian opened up about her pregnancy to ET before ringing in NYE 2013 in Las Vegas, telling their correspondent she’s yet to experience any morning sickness during her first three months expecting.

“I wouldn’t say it has been easy but no morning sickness,” the Reality TV star said.

“It is not as easy as people think. She tells McLarty that she is taking a lot of naps, she added while arriving at 1 Oak Vegas Nightclub.
She was being greeted by her loving fans and she was all smiles as her boyfriend Kanye West arrived.

To see the entire interview Watch ET on Tuesday at 7pm PST.

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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Exclusive: Sophie Simmons says Tate Stevens will win The X Factor at NOH8 party

Sophie Simmons talks about XFactor and her charity www.cdfbc.ca Sophie’s Place a center for abused children.

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.