Author and movie producer Nicholas Sparks adds furniture designer to his busy resume

December 29, 2014

Nicholas Sparks, the best selling writer, is adding furniture designer to his resume with the release of his furniture collection, available exclusively at Sam's Club. Sparks introduces The Black Mountain Collection of fine furniture which consists of six exquisite pieces that evoke Sparks’s signature coastal Carolina style.

“When I designed this collection, I wanted the pieces to have a true craftsmanship that was both beautiful and comfortable,” Sparks said in a statement.

The collection was inspired by Sparks’s 2013  book, "The Longest Ride" and appears in the upcoming film of the same name.
The movie, starring Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson, opens nationwide April 10. 
  The Black Mountain Collection consists of six uniquely designed pieces:
  • Writing Desk:With its hand-applied finish, solid wood and wood veneer construction, this over-sized desktop has two convenient drawers with full-extension metal glides and decorative metal tie supports, making it ideal for any office task.
  • Plush Chair and Ottoman:Deep cushions with ultra-soft beige fabric upholstery, comfort-enhancing layered cushion construction, and excellent lumbar support make the ergonomically contoured plush chair ideal for cozying up with a book. Decorative brass nail head trim and a matching accent pillow add to its style. The chair comes with an ottoman that contains a hidden compartment for convenient storage.
  • Storage Cabinet: Fully assembled solid wood and wood veneer construction with hand-applied, antique blue painted finish, decorative door panel screen, and metal door pulls with antique Pewter finish make this storage cabinet breathtaking. An adjustable shelf offers added convenience.
  • Leather Office Chair:  Rich, bonded leather upholstery with ergo-contoured lumbar and arm supports provides excellent comfort and support. Also features a durable wood base with smooth dual wheel casters.
  • Bookcase:Hand-applied finish, solid wood and wood veneer construction, plank-style shelves, and decorative metal tie supports are features of the bookcase. Combine multiple bookcases to create larger storage wall.
  • Wooden Trunk:The elegant wooden trunk is made from solid wood and wood veneer construction featuring hand-applied antique blue painted finish and decorative metal corner accents. The top of the trunk slides open on full-extension metal glides revealing a storage space to keep things out of sight but easily in-reach.
The Black Mountain Collection Writing Desk, Plush Chair and Ottoman, Storage Cabinet, Bookcase and Wooden Trunk are available online at and in all U.S. Sam’s Club locations. The Leather Office Chair is available in-club only.

To learn more , visit:, and Sam’s Club on Twitter and Facebook.

'The Hobbit': movies hits $500 million world-wide mark

 “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”  has hit the half-billion markafter just two weeks of release. The Peter Jackson film has taken in an astounding global total of $573.6 million and counting. Warner Bros. made the announcement. The final installment to the acclaimed “The Hobbit” Trilogy is based on the by J.R.R. Tolkien novel, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” 
Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. Also starring in the film are Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Billy Connolly, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Graham McTavish, Stephen Fry, and Ryan Gage, stars Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom, Mikael Persbrandt, Sylvester McCoy, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter, Adam Brown, John Bell, Manu Bennett and John Tui.

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” was released in High Frame Rate 3D (HFR 3D) in select theaters, other 2D and 3D formats, and IMAX®. For showtimes, visit: #OneLastTime

'Outlander ': cast previews upcoming episodes

December 27, 2014
Starz hit freshman series returns for its second half on April 4 but the shows' stars and creative team are giving viewers an early sneak peek of what's in store. As "Outlander" fans know, the mid season finale ended with Jamie (Sam Heughan) raiding Black Jack Randall's fort in order to rescue Claire (Caitriona Balfe) from the Jack. 

 "Outlander" returns April 4 on Starz.


'Justice League: Throne of Atlantis' preimiere at Paley Center for Media

In one of the first of many events at the Paley Center foe Media is the world premiere of the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment vehicle, "Justice League: Throne of Atlantis." The premiere will be followed by a post panel discussion of the movie with the cast, crew and film makers. The event is set to take place on January 12.

The film features Cyborg (voiced by "Criminal Minds" star Shemar Moore) and Steve Trevor (the voice of Superman in "Justice League."

In Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Cyborg discovers an imminent threat in the depths of the oceans so powerful that it rallies together the newly formed Justice League. Meanwhile, wandering thousands of feet above the ocean floor is drifter Arthur Curry, a man with strange powers who may be the last chance to bridge the ancient Atlantean world with our own. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League must band together as they face off against warmongering Orm, an army of sea creatures, otherworldly weapons and perilous odds. In this all-new epic adventure from the DC Universe, mankind’s only hope of escaping from the darkness lies with the guiding light of a man – Aquaman!

The celebrity laden cast features primetime television stars Matt Lanter (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, 90210) at Aquaman, Sam Witwer (Being Human, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as Orm, Jason O’Mara (Terra Nova, Vegas, Life on Mars) as Batman, Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs) as Flash, Nathan Fillion (Castle) as Green Lantern, Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds) as Cyborg, Rosario Dawson (Sin City) as Wonder Woman, Jerry O’Connell (Crossing Jordan, Stand By Me) as Superman, Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) as Shazam, Sumalee Montano (Beware the Batman, Transformers Prime) as Mera, Sirena Irwin (Superman: Unbound) as Queen Atlanna, and Harry Lennix (Man of Steel, The Blacklist) as Manta.

Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on January 27.

For more info, contact: Paley Center


Frozen takes over Disney Parks with ABC's Christmas Celebration

December 20, 2014

This year's Christmas Day Parade gets a new twist when the characters of the hit musical "Frozen" takes over the park of Disneyland. Renamed the “Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration,” the show will air on ABC on Christmas morning (check your local listings for showtimes).

“Good Morning America,” host Robin Roberts will lead the telecast from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida with Tim Tebow, Rob Marciano from Disneyland Resort, Sarah Hyland of  “Modern Family” from Hawaii. 

Highlights from the show include:
• Ariana Grande will regale Walt Disney World Resort guests with her new Christmas single “Santa Tell Me” and the Christmas tradition “Last Christmas”
• Prince Royce adds to the merriment with “I Want to Wish You a Merry Christmas/Feliz Navidad”
• The spotlight also will shine on special performances from the X Factor USA third and final season winners Alex and Sierra singing “Love is an Open Door” from “Frozen”
• Yuletide cheer will be brought to the Hawaiian Islands by Gavin DeGraw, performing his latest single “Fire” and the holiday standard “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
• Laura Marano, of Disney Channel’s “Austin & Ally,” entertains viewers with her version of “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” as posed by Princess Anna in “Frozen”
• Trey Songz, Lucy Hale and Train will serenade audiences at Disneyland Resort in California with holiday favorites such as “All I Want for Christmas is You,” “Mistletoe,” and “Shake Up Christmas”
• Country music superstar Trisha Yearwood will perform her hit single, “Prizefighter,” and the holiday classic, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

Holiday characters expected to celebrate the festive day are:
 The “Frozen” stars Elsa and Anna and Olaf,  Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, characters from Big Hero 6 , The National Cheerleaders Association and National Dance Alliance Performance Cheer Team, Boys and Girls Club National Youth of the Year winner, Maryah Sullivan and Santa.

Golden Globe Awards Nominations (complete list)

December 11, 2014
Golden Globe Nominations: From 'Budapest' to 'Selma,' Which Films Got an Oscar Boost?
The 2015 Golden Globes Awards announced their nominations this morning. The Hollywood Foreign Press recognizes the best in television and film for the 2014 calendar year. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler return as hosts for the third time.

The Golden Globes nominees for 2015 are:

Here's a look at who's in the running:
Best motion picture -- drama
"The Imitation Game"
"The Theory of Everything"
Best motion picture -- musical or comedy
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
"Into the Woods"
"St. Vincent"
Best actress in a motion picture -- drama
Jennifer Aniston, "Cake"
Felicity Jones, "The Theory of Everything"
Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"
Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl"
Reese Witherspoon, "Wild"
Best actor in a motion picture -- drama
Steve Carell, "Foxcatcher"
Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game"
David Oyelowo, "Selma"
Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything"
Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler"
Best actor in a motion picture -- musical or comedy
Ralph Fiennes, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Michael Keaton, "Birdman"
Bill Murray, "St. Vincent"
Joaquin Phoenix, "Inherent Vice"
Christoph Waltz, "Big Eyes"
Best actress in a motion picture -- musical or comedy
Amy Adams, "Big Eyes"
Emily Blunt, "Into the Woods"
Helen Mirren, "The Hundred-Foot Journey"
Julianne Moore, "Maps to the Stars"
Quvenzhane Wallis, "Annie"
Best supporting actor in a motion picture
Robert Duvall, "The Judge"
Ethan Hawke, "Boyhood"
Edward Norton, "Birdman"
Mark Ruffalo, "Foxcatcher"
J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash"
Best supporting actress in a motion picture
Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"
Jessica Chastain, "A Most Violent Year"
Emma Stone, "Birdman"
Meryl Streep, "Into the Woods"
Keira Knightley, "The Imitation Game"
Best animated feature film
"Big Hero 6"
"The Book of Life"
"The Boxtrolls"
"How to Train Your Dragon 2"
"The Lego Movie"
Best director
Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Ava DuVernay, "Selma"
David Fincher, "Gone Girl"
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, "Birdman"
Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"
Best screenplay
Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Gillian Flynn, "Gone Girl"
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, "Birdman"
Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"
Graham Moore, "The Imitation Game"
Best original score
Alexandre Desplat, "The Imitation Game"
Johann Johannsson, "The Theory of Everything"
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, "Gone Girl"
Antonio Sanchez, "Birdman"
Hans Zimmer, "Interstellar"
Best original song
"Big Eyes," from "Big Eyes"
"Glory," from "Selma"
"Mercy Is," from "Noah"
"Opportunity," from "Annie"
"Yellow Flicker Beat," from "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part I"
Best foreign language film
"Force Majeure Turist" (Sweden)
"Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Gett" (Israel)
"Ida" (Poland/Denmark)
"Leviathan" (Russia)
"Tangerines Mandariinid" (Estonia)
Best TV series -- drama
"The Affair"
"Downton Abbey"
"Game of Thrones"
"The Good Wife"
"House of Cards"
Best actor in a TV series -- drama
Clive Owen, "The Knick"
Liev Schreiber, "Ray Donovan"
Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards"
James Spader, "The Blacklist"
Dominic West, "The Affair"
Best actress in a TV series -- drama
Claire Danes, "Homeland"
Viola Davis, "How to Get Away With Murder"
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
Ruth Wilson, "The Affair"
Robin Wright, "House of Cards"
Best TV series -- comedy
"Jane the Virgin"
"Orange is the New Black"
"Silicon Valley"
Best actor in a TV series -- comedy
Louis C.K., "Louie"
Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"
Ricky Gervais, "Derek"
William H. Macy, "Shameless"
Jeffrey Tambor, "Transparent"
Best actress in a TV series -- comedy
Lena Dunham, "Girls"
Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"
Gina Rodriguez, "Jane the Virgin"
Taylor Schilling, "Orange is the New Black"
Best TV movie or mini-series
"The Missing"
"The Normal Heart"
"Olive Kitteridge"
"True Detective"
Best actor in a mini-series or TV movie
Martin Freeman, "Fargo"
Woody Harrelson, "True Detective"
Matthew McConaughey, "True Detective"
Mark Ruffalo, "The Normal Heart"
Billy Bob Thornton, "Fargo"
Best actress in a mini-series or TV movie
Maggie Gyllenhaal, "The Honorable Woman"
Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story: Freak Show"
Frances McDormand, "Olive Kitteridge"
Frances O'Connor, "The Missing"
Allison Tolman, "Fargo"
Best supporting actor in a series, mini-series or TV movie
Matt Bomer, "The Normal Heart"
Alan Cumming, "The Good Wife"
Colin Hanks, "Fargo"
Bill Murray, "Olive Kitteridge"
Jon Voight, "Ray Donovan"
Best supporting actress in a series, mini-series or TV movie
Uzo Aduba, "Orange is the New Black"
Kathy Bates, "American Horror Story: Freak Show"
Allison Janney, "Mom"
Michelle Monaghan, "True Detective"
Joanne Froggatt, "Downton Abbey"

The Golden Globes will air live on NBC at 8 p.m. ET on January 11.


2015 Grammy Nominees highlight Sam Smith, Beyonce and Pharrell Williams (Full List)

December 5, 2014
The 2015 Grammy Awards nominations were announced this year in an unusual way fir the first time ever. The most anticipated music awards show announced the nominees in part on the internet through videos on Twitter. Earlier today, CBS This Morning welcomed Pharrell Williams and Ed Sheeran to reveal four categories, including Record of the Year. The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards air on February 8 at 8:00 p.m. on CBS. The night concluded with the announcement of Record of the Year during CBS' "A Very Grammy Christmas" special featuring Mary J. Blidge, Pharrell Williams, Arianna Grande, Tim McGraw and Maroon 5, hosted by LL Cool J.

Below are a complete list of nominees:

Album of the Year

Beck – Morning Phase

Beyoncé – Beyoncé

Ed Sheeran – X

Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour

Pharrell Williams – GIRL
Record of the Year

Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”

Sia – “Chandelier”

Sam Smith – “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”

Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off”

Meghan Trainor – “All About That Bass”
Song of the Year

Meghan Trainor – “All About That Bass”

Hozier – “Take Me To Church”

Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off”

Sia – “Chandelier”

Sam Smith – “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”
Best New Artist


Iggy Azalea

Brandy Clark


Sam Smith

Best Pop Solo Performance

John Legend – “All of Me” (Live Version)

Sia – “Chandelier”

Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”

Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off”

Pharrell – “Happy”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX – “Fancy”

Coldplay – “A Sky Full of Stars”

A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera – “Say Something”

Jessie J feat. Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj – “Bang Bang”

Katy Perry feat. Juicy J – “Dark Horse”
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett – Cheek to Cheek

Annie Lennox – Nostalgia

Barry Manilow – Night Songs

Johnny Mathis – Sending You A Little Christmas

Barbra Streisand – Partners
Best Pop Vocal Album

Coldplay – Ghost Stories

Miley Cyrus – Bangerz

Ariana Grande – My Everything

Katy Perry – Prism

Ed Sheeran – X

Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour
Best Dance Recording

Basement Jaxx – “Never Say Never”

Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne – “Rather Be”

Disclosure feat. Mary J. Blige “F For You”

Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones – “I Got U”

Zhu – “Faded”
Best Dance/Electronic Album

Aphex Twin – Syro

Deadmau5 – While (1 < 2)

Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband

Röyksopp & Robyn – Do It Again

Mat Zo – Damage Control
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Mindi Abair – Wild Heart

Gerald Albright – Slam Dunk

Nathan East – Nathan East

Jeff Lorber, Chuck Loeb & Everette Harp – Jazz Funk Soul

Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer – Bass & Mandolin
Best Rock Performance

Ryan Adams – “Gimme Something Good”

Arctic Monkeys – “Do I Wanna Know?”

Beck – “Blue Moon”

The Black Keys – “Fever”

Jack White – “Lazaretto”
Best Metal Performance

Anthrax – “Neon Nights”

Mastodon – “High Road”

Mötorhead – “Heartbreaker”

Slipknot – “The Negative One”

Tenacious D – “The Last In Line”
Best Rock Song

Jack White – “Lazaretto”

The Black Keys – “Fever”

Paramore – “Ain’t It Fun”

Beck – “Blue Moon”

Ryan Adams – “Gimme Something Good”
Best Rock Album

Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams

The Black Keys – Turn Blue

U2 – Songs of Innocence

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye

Beck – Morning Phase
Best Alternative Music Album

Arcade Fire – Reflektor

Alt J – This is All Yours

Cage the Elephant – Melophobia

St. Vincent – St. Vincent

Jack White – Lazaretto
Best R&B Performance

Beyoncé feat. Jay Z - “Drunk In Love”

Chris Brown feat. Usher, Rick Ross – “New Flame”

Jennifer Hudson feat. R. Kelly – “It’s Your World”

Ledisi – “Like This”

Usher – “Good Kisser”
Best Traditional R&B Performance

Marsha Ambrosius & Anthony Hamilton – “As”

Kem – “Nobody”

Angie Fisher – “I.R.S.”

Robert Glasper Experiment – “Jesus Children”

Antonique Smith – “Hold Up Wait a Minute (Woo Woo)”
Best R&B Song

Beyoncé feat. Jay Z – “Drunk In Love”

Usher – “Good Kisser”

Chris Brown feat. Usher, Rick Ross – “New Flame”

Luke James feat. Rick Ross – “Options (The Wolfjames Version)”

Jhene Aiko – “The Worst”
Best Urban Contemporary Album

Jhene Aiko – Sail Out

Beyoncé – Beyoncé

Chris Brown – X

Mali Music – Mali Is

Pharrell Williams – G.I.R.L.
Best R&B Album

Bernhoft – Islander

Aloe Blacc – Lift Your Spirits

Toni Braxton & Babyface – Love, Marriage, and Divorce

Robert Glasper Experiment – Black Radio 2

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – Give The People What They Want
Best Rap Performance

Childish Gambino – “3005”

Drake – “0-100/ The Catchup

Eminem – “Rap God”

Kendrick Lamar – “i”

Lecrae – “All I Need Is You”
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Common feat. Jhene Aiko – “Blak Majik”

Eminem feat. Rihanna – “The Monster”

ILoveMakonnen feat. Drake – “Tuesday”

Schoolboy Q feat. BJ The Chicago Kid – “Studio”

Kanye West feat. Charlie Wilson – “Bound 2″
Best Rap Song

Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”

Kanye West – “Bound 2″

Kendrick Lamar – “i”

Wiz Khalifa – “We Dem Boyz”

Drake – “0 to 100/The Catch Up”
Best Rap Album

Iggy Azalea – The New Classic

Childish Gambino – Because the Internet

Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron

Wiz Khalifa – Blacc Hollywood

Common – Nobody’s Smiling
Best Country Solo Performance

Eric Church – “Give Me Back My Hometown”

Hunter Hayes – “Invisible”

Miranda Lambert – “Automatic”

Carrie Underwood – “Something in the Water”

Keith Urban – “Cop Car”
Best Country Duo/Group Performance

The Band Perry – “Gentle On My Mind”

Miranda Lambert feat. Carrie Underwood – “Somethin’ Bad”

Little Big Town – “Day Drinking”

Tim McGraw feat. Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s”

Keith Urban feat. Eric Church – “Raise ‘Em Up”
Best Country Song

Miranda Lambert – “Automatic”

Kenny Chesney – “American Kids”

Eric Church – “Give Me Back My Hometown”

Glen Campbell – “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”

Tim McGraw feat. Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
Best Country Album

Dierks Bentley – Riser

Eric Church – The Outsiders

Brandy Clark – 12 Stories

Miranda Lambert – Platinum

Lee Ann Womack – The Way I’m Livin’

Best American Roots Performance

Gregg Allman & Taj Mahal – “Statesboro Blues”

Rosanne Cash – “A Feather’s Not a Bird”

Billy Childs feat. Alison Krauss & Jerry Douglas – “And When I Die”

Keb Mo feat. the California Feet Warmers – “The Old Me Better”

Nickel Creek – “Destination”
Best American Roots Song

Rosanne Cash – “A Feather’s Not a Bird”

Jesse Winchester – “Just So Much”

The Del McCoury Band – “The New York Trains”

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers feat. Edie Brickell – “Pretty Little One”

John Hiatt – “Terms of My Surrender”
Best Americana Album

Rosanne Cash – The River & The Thread

John Hiatt – Terms Of My Surrender

Keb’ Mo’ – Bluesamericana

Nickel Creek – A Dotted Line

Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
Best Folk Album

Mike Auldridge, Jerry Douglas & Rob Ickes – Three Bells

Alice Gerrard – Follow the Music

Eliza Gilkyson – The Nocturne Diaries

Old Crow Medicine Show – Remedy

Jesse Winchester – A Reasonable Amount of Trouble
Best Reggae Album

Ziggy Marley – Fly Rasta

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry – Back on the Controls

Sean Paul – Full Frequency

Shaggy – Out of Many, One Music

Sly & Robbie & Spicy Chocolate – The Reggae Power

Soja – Amid the Noise and the Haste
Best Spoken Word

James Franco – Actor’s Anonymous

Jimmy Carter – A Call To Action

John Waters – John Waters Hitchhikes Across America

Joan Rivers – Diary of a Mad Diva

Elizabeth Warren – A Fighting Chance

Gloria Gaynor – We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration, and the Power of Song

Best Comedy Album

“Weird Al” Yankovic – Mandatory Fun

Jim Gaffigan – Obsessed

Louis C.K. – Oh My God

Patton Oswalt – Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time

Sarah Silverman – We Are Miracles
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

American Hustle


Get On Up: The James Brown Story

Guardians of the Galaxy

The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media


Gone Girl

The Grand Budapest Hotel


Saving Mr. Banks
Best Song Written for Visual Media

Tegan and Sara feat. the Lonely Island – “Everything is Awesome!!!”

Ed Sheeran – “I See Fire”

Glen Campbell – “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”

Idina Menzel – “Let It Go”

Scarlett Johansson & Joaquin Phoenix – “The Moon Song”
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

Paul Epworth

John Hill

Jay Joyce

Greg Kurstin

Max Martin
Best Music Video

Arcade Fire – “We Exist”

DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”

Sia – “Chandelier”

Pharrell Williams – “Happy”

Woodkid feat. Max Richter – “The Golden Age”
Best Music Film

Beyonce & Jay Z: On the Run Tour

Ghost Stories

20 Feet from Stardom

Metallica Through the Never

The Truth About Love Tour: Live from Melbourne

First Look: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Teaser Trailer

November 28, 2014
It's finally here! The first teaser trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens. An early 88-second tease of Star Wars: The Force Awakens can be seen in 30 theaters across North America beginning Friday morning, November 28. Following this weekend, the tease can be seen in theaters around the world this December.
Check out’s complete list of theaters playing the tease below!
 Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Stars Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer by LA Music and TV Examiner

Independent Spirit Awards 2015: complete nominees list

November 25, 2014

Nominations for the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards were announced this morning. The awards will be handed out the day before the Oscar on February 21, 2015. The afternoon ceremony at the beach in Santa Monica is one of the most anticipated awards shows of the season. Some of the nominees listed here are sure to be Oscar nominees as well when the Academy announces their list on January 15, 2015.
Below are the nominees:  
BEST FEATURE (Award given to the Producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.) 
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole 
 Boyhood Producers: Richard Linklater, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, Cathleen Sutherland 
Love is Strange Producers: Lucas Joaquin, Lars Knudsen, Ira Sachs, Jayne Baron Sherman, Jay Van Hoy 
Selma Producers: Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Oprah Winfrey 
Whiplash Producers: Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster, Michael Litvak  
Damien Chazelle Whiplash 
Ava DuVernay Selma 
Alejandro G. Iñárritu Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 
Richard Linklater Boyhood
David Zellner Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski Big Eyes 
J.C. Chandor A Most Violent Year 
Dan Gilroy Nightcrawler 
Jim Jarmusch Only Lovers Left Alive 
Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias Love is Strange  
BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer) 
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night Director: Ana Lily Amirpour Producers: Justin Begnaud, Sina Sayyah 
Dear White People Director/Producer: Justin Simien Producers: Effie T. Brown, Ann Le, Julia Lebedev, Angel Lopez, Lena Waithe 
Nightcrawler Director: Dan Gilroy Producers: Jennifer Fox, Tony Gilroy, Jake Gyllenhaal, David Lancaster, Michel Litvak 
Obvious Child Director: Gillian Robespierre Producer: Elisabeth Holm
She's Lost Control Director/Producer: Anja Marquardt Producers: Mollye Asher, Kiara C. Jones  
Desiree Akhavan Appropriate Behavior 
Sara Colangelo Little Accidents 
Justin Lader The One I Love 
Anja Marquardt She's Lost Control 
Justin Simien Dear White People
 JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD - Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded. 
Blue Ruin Writer/Director: Jeremy Saulnier Producers: Richard Peete, Vincent Savino, Anish Savjani 
It Felt Like Love Writer/Director/Producer: Eliza Hittman Producers: Shrihari Sathe, Laura Wagner Land 
Ho! Writers/Directors: Aaron Katz & Martha Stephens Producers: Christina Jennings, Mynette Louie, Sara Murphy 
Man From Reno Writer/Director: Dave Boyle Writers: Joel Clark, Michael Lerman Producer: Ko Mori 
Test Writer/Director/Producer: Chris Mason Johnson Producer: Chris Martin 
Marion Cotillard The Immigrant 
Rinko Kikuchi Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter 
Julianne Moore Still Alice 
Jenny Slate Obvious Child 
Tilda Swinton Only Lovers Left Alive 
André Benjamin Jimi: All Is By My Side 
Jake Gyllenhaal Nightcrawler 
Michael Keaton Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 
John Lithgow Love is Strange 
David Oyelowo Selma  
Patricia Arquette Boyhood 
Jessica Chastain A Most Violent Year 
 Carmen Ejogo Selma 
 Andrea Suarez Paz Stand Clear of the Closing Doors 
Emma Stone Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 
Riz Ahmed Nightcrawler 
Ethan Hawke Boyhood 
Alfred Molina Love is Strange
Edward Norton Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 
J.K. Simmons Whiplash  
Darius Khondji The Immigrant 
 Emmanuel Lubezki Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) 
Sean Porter It Felt Like Love 
Lyle Vincent A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night 
Bradford Young Selma  
Sandra Adair Boyhood 
Tom Cross Whiplash 
John Gilroy Nightcrawler 
 Ron Patane A Most Violent Year 
Adam Wingard The Guest
 BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director and producer) 
20,000 Days on Earth Directors: Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard Producers: Dan Bowen, James Wilson 
CITIZENFOUR Director/Producer: Laura Poitras Producers: Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky 
Stray Dog Director: Debra Granik Producer: Anne Rosellini 
The Salt of the Earth Directors: Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and Wim Wenders Producer: David Rosier 
Virunga Director/Producer: Orlando von Einsiedel Producer: Joanna Natasegara 
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM (Award given to the director) 
Force Majeure (Sweden) Director: Ruben Östlund 
Ida (Poland) Director: Pawel Pawlikowski 
Leviathan (Russia) Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev 
Mommy (Canada) Director: Xavier Dolan 
Norte, the End of History (Philippines) Director: Lav Diaz 
Under the Skin (United Kingdom) Director: Jonathan Glazer  
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD - (Given to one film's director, casting director and ensemble cast) 
Inherent Vice Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Casting Director: Cassandra Kulukundis Ensemble Cast: Josh Brolin, Martin Donovan, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom, Joaquin Phoenix, Eric Roberts, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short Serena Scott Thomas, Benicio Del Toro, Katherine Waterston, Michael Kenneth Williams, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon  
Foxcatcher Director/Producer: Bennett Miller Producers: Anthony Bregman, Megan Ellison, Jon Kilik Writers: E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman Actors: Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum 
18th ANNUAL PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD – The 18th annual Producers Award, sponsored by Piaget, honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget. 
Chad Burris Elisabeth Holm Chris Ohlson
21st ANNUAL KIEHL'S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD – The 21st annual Someone to Watch Award, sponsored by Kiehl's Since 1851, recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Kiehl's Since 1851. 
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night Director: Ana Lily Amirpour 
H. Directors: Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia 
The Retrieval Director: Chris Eska  
20th ANNUAL LENSCRAFTERS TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – The 20th annual Truer Than Fiction Award, sponsored by LensCrafters is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by LensCrafters. 
Approaching the Elephant Director: Amanda Rose Wilder 
 Evolution of a Criminal Director: Darius Clark Monroe 
The Kill Team Director: Dan Krauss 
The Last Season Director: Sara Dosa

'Christmas in Connecticut', 'A Christmas Carol': holiday classics come into theaters

November 17, 2014
Two holiday classic films are coming to the big screen. “TCM Presents: ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘Christmas in Connecticut,’” hosted by Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Lovers of old Hollywood Films can see the 1938 version of the holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” and the 1945 romantic comedy, “Christmas in Connecticut,” on Sunday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time in select cinemas nationwide.

In addition, fans of classic films will have the opportunity to view a special introduction from TCM host Ben Mankiewicz before the double feature begins. Both films will be shown in the same aspect ratio (1.37) as when they were originally released in cinemas.

 Tickets for “TCM Presents: ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘Christmas in Connecticut’” are available at participating theater box offices and online at The event will be presented in more than 630 select movie theaters around the country through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is one of the holiday season's most told story with more than  40 feature films, TV movies and short films on the subject. The 1938 version starring Reginald Owen as Ebenezer Scrooge, tells the story of how Scrooge, a bitter and miserly old man, learns the true meaning of Christmas after being visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, Christmas present and Christmas that has yet to be. He wakes up Christmas morning a changed man. Also noteworthy is the only joint appearance of The Lockhart acting family (Gene, Kathleen and June, who makes her motion picture debut at age 12).

“Christmas in Connecticut” is about a writer in New York (played by Barbara Stanwyck) who publishes a series of well-regarded articles about her non-existent country Connecticut farm. When faced with hosting a Christmas party Elizabeth Lane attempts to create the life her fictional articles portray.

“These films are heart-warming family favorites and this double bill is a great holiday outing for new and old fans alike,” Fathom Events Executive Vice President Shelly Maxwell said. “Fathom Events is pleased to be able to present these holidays favorites as they have always been meant to be seen: on the big screen.”

For more info or for ticket information, visit: Fathom Events

Trailer: 'Peter Pan Live!'

November 11, 2014
Check out the new trailer for NBC's "Peter Pan Live" starring Allison Williams and Christopher Walken. The special airs Thursday, December 4.


Dancing with the Stars: Season 19 Week 9 Recap

November 10, 2014

The short and sweet recap for Dancing with the Stars:

Judges: Bruno, Carrie Ann, Julianne, Len
 America's Choice Dance - Tommy and Peta 

Individual Dances:

Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd: Viennese Waltz 29/40

Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev: Samba 34/40

Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy:  Quick-Step 38/40

Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson: Foxtrot 37/40

Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas: Jive 33/40

The Threesomes:

Sadie and Mark and Emma: Foxtrot  40/40

Alfonso and Witney and Lindsey: Paso Doble 40/40

Tommy and Peta and Sharna: Samba 28/40

Lea and Artem and Henry: Paso Doble  36/40

Bethany and Derek and Tony: Argentine Tango  38/40

Janel and Val and Keo: Samba 39/40

Who went home: Lea and Artem 

It's a shame that Lea and Artem went home. They should have been in the finale against Alfonso and Witney with Alfonso and Witney taking home the trophy.

'The Bold and the Beautiful' in Amsterdam (Promo)

November 7, 2014
The Emmy winning "The Bold and the Beautiful" heads to Amsterdam next week when Forrester Creations leaves Los Angeles on the Hope For the Future promotional tour. Will jealousy ruin the trip for Wyatt, Hope, Liam and Ivy? The show airs weekdays on CBS.

Check out the link below:


Trailer: 'Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B' on Lifetime

Lifetime has released the first official trailer for the upcoming Aaliyah biopic, "Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B."

From Lifetime:

Before Beyonce and before Rihanna, self-proclaimed “street but sweet” Aaliyah was poised to become a global icon with top-selling albums, a hot movie career and an adoring fan base.  But behind the spotlight, Brooklyn-born, Detroit-raised Aaliyah Dana Haughton struggled to succeed in a tough business while staying grounded in the midst of her growing celebrity.  The film follows the beautiful and talented performer’s inspirational journey, from her debut on Star Search at the age of ten to the challenges she faced during her rise to become the Princess of R&B.  On August 25, 2001, at the height of her popularity, her life was tragically cut short when a plane carrying the singer and some of her video crew crashed after takeoff from a Bahamian runway.  Although just 22-years-old at the time of her death, Aaliyah continues to lead a legacy as Billboard’s tenth most famous R&B artist of the past 25 years and one of the recording industry’s most successful artists in history.
"Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B "stars Alexandra Shipp as Aaliyah, Chattrisse Dolabaille as Missy Elliot, Izaak Smith as Timbaland, Elise Neal as Gladys Knight, and Anthony “Tony” Grant as Damon Dash. The movie premieres Saturday, November 15 at 8pm.

Check out the trailer below:


AMC Theatres readies for 'Mockingjay Part 1', 'Hunger Games' marathon

Hunger Games fans are patiently waiting for the next installment of the popular series. AMC Theatres is celebrating the arrival of the "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" with a "The Hunger Games" Marathon at AMC on Thursday, Nov. 20.

The Hunger Games Marathon, available at 250 AMC locations, begins at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20 and continues before the release of the latest installment of the popular series. 
Guests attending The Hunger Games marathon at AMC will receive an exclusive Hunger Games Mockingjay Pin poster while supplies last, with some limited-edition Katniss posters also handed out randomly. All marathon guests will receive a collectable event lanyard. Tickets for The Hunger Games Marathon at AMC are on sale now online and at participating locations.
Tickets are also on sale online and at participating box offices for the opening weekend of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1." The movie opens nationwide at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20.
With shows to the marathon and the premiere of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1", guests are encouraged to get their tickets soon. Ticket price varies by location and presentation format. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Video: Peter Farrelly talks 'Dumb and Dumber To' opening November 14

November 3, 2014
It's been 20 years since the guys set out on their first adventure but now they are back. Jim Carey and Jeff Daniels reunite for "Dumb and Dumber To," which opens in theaters on November 14th. The movie also stars Kathleen Turner.

Classic TV Examiner caught up with director Peter Farrelly to get his thoughts on the new film and to find out what it was like recreating the team 20 years after they first debuted.

Check out the video interview below:

LAM TV Season 6 Ep 42 -- Peter Farrelly of Dumb and Dumber To at Media Access Awards by LA Music and TV  Examiner

Nicki Minaj's 'The Pinkprint' artwork is out (photo)

Nicki Minaj's new deluxe edition album, "The Pinkprint" isn't due in stores until December 15 but the music superstar has released the first picture on her Instagram.
Check it out below:


2015 TCM Classic Film Festival announce four world premiere restorations, including 'Spartacus'

TCM's 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival lineup has announced its first four films. The festival will feature four newly restored editions of the classic films, "Apollo 13" (1995), "Spartacus" (1960), "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1939) and "Steamboat Bill Jr." (1928).

Apollo 13 (1995) – 20th Anniversary – World premiere restoration presented in collaboration with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Ron Howard's extraordinary film chronicles the mechanical mishaps aboard the Apollo 13 lunar spacecraft and the diligent efforts to bring the astronauts home safely. Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon and Bill Paxton star as the astronauts, with Gary Sinise and Ed Harris as their counterparts in Mission Control and Kathleen Quinlan as Hanks' wife. The screenplay is based on the book Lost Moon by astronaut Jim Lovell, played by Hanks in the film, and Jeffrey Kluger. Apollo 13 earned Oscars for its taut film editing and exceptional sound design.

Spartacus (1960) – 55th Anniversary – World premiere restoration presented in collaboration with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Widely regarded as one of the best "sand and sandal" epics that became a staple of Hollywood during the 1950s and '60s, Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus tells the engrossing tale of a slave who became a gladiator and went on to challenge the might of the Roman Empire. Kirk Douglas plays the title role and served as producer on the film, which also stars Tony Curtis, Jean Simmons, Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton, John Gavin and Peter Ustinov, in an Oscar®-winning performance. This film helped bring about the end of the Hollywood blacklist when Douglas publicly announced that Dalton Trumbo, one of the "Hollywood Ten," would be adapting Howard Fast's bestselling historical novel. In addition to Ustinov's win, Spartacus took home Oscars for its art direction, costume design and cinematography.

HunchbackThe Hunchback of Notre Dame(1939) – World premiere restoration presented in association with Warner Bros. Classics
Charles Laughton plays Quasimodo, Victor Hugo's tragic hero in this lavish RKO production of the oft-told tale with Maureen O'Hara as Esmeralda under the direction of William Dieterle. The cast also includes Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Thomas Mitchell and Edmond O'Brien. The Paris set, which included a remarkable replica of the famed Notre Dame cathedral, was one of the largest built during the era.

Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928) – World premiere restoration presented in collaboration with Cohen Film Collection
Buster Keaton stars as the son of a paddle-steamer captain in love with the daughter of his father's business rival in this dazzling silent comedy. Despite its box office failure, Steamboat Bill Jr. has since become one of the most cherished Buster Keaton vehicles. Its hurricane sequence required numerous breakaway sets and buildings, including the building façade that just missed crushing Keaton in the movie's most famous sight gag. The TCM Classic Film Festival's screening of Steamboat Bill Jr. will feature a live orchestra conducted by legendary silent film composer Carl Davis in a world premiere performance of his new score.

Passes for the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival are set to go on sale to the public Thursday, Nov. 13, at noon (ET). Passes can be purchased exclusively through the official festival website: A limited number of festival passes will also be available to Citi cardmembers via an exclusive online only presale at This exclusive presale begins at 10 a.m. (ET), Tuesday, Nov. 11, and ends at 10 a.m. (ET), Thursday, Nov. 13.

2015 TCM Classic Film Festival sets 'History According to Hollywood' theme

The TCM Classic Film Festival have set the dates for their annual festival. The four day weekend event is set for March 26 - March 29, 2015 in Hollywood. The theme for the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival will be "History According to Hollywood."
The Old West. Medieval England. Ancient Rome. Hollywood has found endless inspiration in re-creating historical moments and bringing to life the heroes and villains of the past, creating a form of time travel for audiences through the ages and around the world. These films, however, are not always true to the historical record. Filmmakers have often created works about the past that are a reflection of the period in which they were made, or change facts to suit a particular storyline. The 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival will explore how cinema has shaped how we view – and remember – history.
Robert Osborne  and Ben Mankiewicz will once be on hand as official host and special introductions, respectively. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is also the festival's official hotel and central gathering point and will also offer special rates for festival attendees.

Screenings and events during the festival will be held at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres and the Egyptian Theatre, as well as other Hollywood venues.

Passes for the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival are set to go on sale to the public Thursday, Nov. 13, at noon (ET). Passes can be purchased exclusively through the official festival website: A limited number of festival passes will also be available to Citi cardmembers via an exclusive online only presale at This exclusive presale begins at 10 a.m. (ET), Tuesday, Nov. 11, and ends at 10 a.m. (ET), Thursday, Nov. 13.

Christian Bale drops out of Sony's Steve Jobs movie

Actor Christian Bale has dropped pit of the Steve Jobs movie Sony is producing with Danny Boyle directing according to THR.  Shooting for the picture is said to begin next month.

Sources say that Bale, after much deliberation and conflicting feelings, came to the conclusion that he was not right for the part and decided to withdraw.

The script is said to be divided into three acts that detail Jobs preparing for three presentations that came to define his life and the life of the company he co-founded, lost and came back to.

Casting is underway and severals actors are said to be in talks, including Seth Rogan who would be Steve Wozniak.

Taylor Swift shuts down Hollywood Boulevard for concert

October 24, 2014
Taylor Swift shut down Hollywood Boulevard as part of Jimmy Kimmel Live's outdoor concert series. Swift drew a crowd of nearly 15,000 fans and even got the Goodyear Blimp to hang around for a few minutes.

Check out her performance of "Shake It Off" from the new album "1989" which hits stores on Monday, October 27.


Street Food Cinema Event: 'The Shining'

October 23, 2014

DATE: Saturday, October 25th
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
RUNNING TIME: 2 hours 24 minutes
TIME: DOORS OPEN 5:30pmBAND 6:30pmMOVIE 8:00pm.
BAND: Farspeaker
FOOD TRUCKS: Berlin Truck, Burnt to a Crisp, California Taco Bear, Cousin's Maine Lobster, Crispy Cuban, Dogtown Dogs, Good Greek Grub, Let's Roll It, Lobos Truck, Postcards Truck, Street Kitchen, VCHOS Truck, Nitropod, What the Funnel & more!
LOCATION: Exposition Park 700 Exposition Park Drive Los Angeles, CA 90037
PARKING: Lot next to park $10
DOGS: Fido Friendly, Fido Approved. Leashed dogs welcome.
CHAIRS: Chair seating in designated chair sections for both RESERVED and GENERAL ADMISSION. No chairs that sit over 6 inches off the ground please. Low beach chairs are perfect.
TICKETS: General Admission $12, Reserved $17. To guarantee admission, purchase tickets in advance at Ticket holders enter first. Tickets available for purchase at 6pm at the door on first come, first serve basis. If event is sold out, we will announce in real time via social media Facebook and Twitter.
To Buy Tickets: THE SHINING

George Lucas in TCM's 'A Night at the Movies' documentary

October 22, 2014
George Lucas
George Lucas, the man behind the "Star Wars" franchise, is going to talk about the fantasy movie genre in the all new TCM documentary,  TCM Presents A Night at the Movies: George Lucas & The World of Fantasy Cinema, premiering Tuesday, November 25, at 8 p.m. (ET).

Lucas – is going to take Turner Classic Movies (TCM) viewers on a ride through some of the movies that have sparked his imagination and inspired his career. This November, Lucas will talk extensively about his fantasy favorites in the one-hour special TCM Presents A Night at the Movies: George Lucas & The World of Fantasy Cinema, the latest in the network's ongoing series of genre documentaries. Produced by Amblin Television and award-winning filmmaker and author Laurent Bouzereau, the one-hour special will premiere Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 8 p.m. (ET).

George Lucas & The World of Fantasy Cinema will kick off a 24-hour salute to fantasy movies, with such memorable films as The Secret Life of Walter Mitty(1947), The Thief of Bagdad (1940), The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao(1964) and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958). A complete schedule is included below. Each of these films represents the power of cinema to transport us into a world of dreams.

TCM launched the A Night at the Movies franchise in October 2009 with A Night at the Movies: The Suspenseful World of Thrillers. Subsequent specials have focused on movie epics, horror films and holiday classics. TCM's A Night at the Moviesdocumentary specials are executive-produced by Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (TNT's Falling Skies).

TCM recently released its first volume of original specials from A Night at the Movies on home video. Sold exclusively through TCM's online store – shop.tcm.comTCM Originals: A Night at the Movies, Vol. 1includes four memorable specials: The Suspenseful World of Thrillers(2009), The Gigantic World of Epics (2009), Merry Christmas! (2011) and The Horrors of Steven King (2011).

Laurent Bouzereau, who writes, produces and directs TCM's A Night at the Movies specials, is an award-winning filmmaker and author. Bouzereau has created many documentaries on the making of films and on some of the world's most acclaimed filmmakers, including Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Peter Bogdanovich, Brian De Palma, William Friedkin, Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, and many others. Bouzereau directed Roman Polanski: A Film Memoirand the TCM original documentary Don't Say No Until I Finish Talking: The Story of Richard D. Zanuck. He has also written or co-written 11 books on cinema, including The Art of Bond and, most recently, Alfred Hitchcock: Piece by Piece.

TCM's A Night at the Movies: Fantasy

Tuesday, November 25
8 p.m. – TCM Presents A Night at the Movies: George Lucas & The World of Fantasy Cinema (2014)
9:15 p.m. – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)
11:15 p.m. – TCM Presents A Night at the Movies: George Lucas & The World of Fantasy Cinema (2014)
12:30 a.m. – The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
2:30 a.m. – A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)
5:00 a.m. – Wings of Desire (1987)

Wednesday, November 26
7:30 a.m. – The Seven Face of Dr. Lao (1964)
9:15 a.m. – Tom Thumb (1958)
11 a.m. – The Glass Slipper (1955)
12:45 p.m. – The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
2:30 p.m. – Angels in the Outfield (1951)
4:30 p.m. – The Secret Garden (1949)
6:30 p.m. – Portrait of Jennie (1948)


RIP Oscar de la Renta

Below are some of the most iconic and memorable Oscar de la Renta gowns. The designer passed away this week. 

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Lupita Nyoung'o

  Tina Fey


Christmas Day Movies Have Something For Everyone

This year's Christmas Day movie list offers something for everyone. From love after 50 and Italian cinema to squeaking chipmunks, this years crop of movies promise to great.

Coldplay annouces new live album 'Ghost Stories Live 2014'

Coldplay is back with an all new album. The band will release "Ghost Stories Live 2014" on November 24. In addition to the album, there will also be a new concert film which will be released in DVD/CD, Blu-ray/CD and digital formats. 

Watch the official trailer: 


Fans can pre-order at and iTunes now. Anyone pre-ordering the audio album from iTunes will immediately receive Ink (Live) and an alternate live video of Always In My Head.

'808' director talks new music documentary

October 16, 2014
"808" is a music documentary that tells the untold story of how the Roland TR-808 Drum Machine changed the course of music history. Featuring appearances and commentary from Pharrell, Beastie Boys, David Guetta, Phil Collins, Rick Rubin, Lil Jon, Afrika Bambaataa, Questlove, Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Diplo, Goldie and more.

Check out a Q& A with the movie's director, Alexander Dunn, below:

What was the inspiration behind filming "808?"

Dunn: "808" originally came from a discussion between Arthur Baker and Alex Noyer while discussing another potential project. The subject turned to “Planet Rock” being thirty years old and of course, the 808’s role in that story. Once it was mentioned to me as a possible project and we started developing the idea, it was very obvious the legacy the 808 had left within music. We knew it would be a fantastic journey to embark on.
“Planet Rock” was a perfect entry point for the documentary. It was really the song that brought the 808 to prominence and was, of course, an extremely influential track in the development of hip-hop and electronic music in general. The film then grew from there and allowed me to build a journey of the 808’s sound and influence through music.

Can you discuss the process of interviewing some of the most influential subjects in musical history for the film?

Dunn: We were extremely lucky to get so many great artists involved in the film. Arthur Baker did a great job getting some amazing artists to take part. Credit also goes out to my colleague and co-producer on this project, Matt Jarman, who managed to get Phil Collins involved. Phil provides a really interesting angle on the 808 we otherwise wouldn't have had.
Managing to get such a cross section of artists with such a wealth of experience has meant this project has really been able to develop into what it is today. The artists themselves had so many amazing stories and experiences to share, all defined by the 808. I think the most amazing thing is that most of these conversations could have carried on all day. Everyone had so much to say about the 808, and the music it was part of. I think it's pretty amazing that this machine can create such wide-ranging discussions with so many great artists.

In your own words, describe what your film is about?

Dunn: "808" is a film about what is arguably the most iconic drum machine that has ever existed and how it became synonymous with electronic music almost by accident. It’s about the artists and producers who stumbled upon it, used it, experimented with it and created iconic music with its unique sounds. The 808 have headed many musical movements, and the film explores the stories and experiences of the artists at the forefront of those movements. And, of course, the music plays a huge part in the film offering a fantastic soundtrack to their experiences.

As a first-time director, what were the challenges you faced?

Dunn: It’s such a huge subject matter to explore, and you have to know when to say enough is enough. That was probably the most difficult thing, working within limitations of time, budget and then forcing ourselves to stop shooting! We conducting around 55 interviews in total, spread over the course of three years, and we could have easily done this again…. and again, almost indefinitely.
The 808 is part of so many musical genres and so many artists used it. I had to take a cross section, peer in and grab hold of the essence of the story and the journey that it took through the eyes of the contributors we met. I had to refine all that information down into a feature length film. That was hard as we had so much great interview footage, and I had to manage that down to a consumable length for a feature film.

I know we’ll probably get a lot of questions, like why didn’t you feature this artist or that artist. Certainly, there are people who I’d have loved to feature in the film that we couldn’t get around to interviewing for various reasons. However, I think this is really interesting. I’d love the film to be the starting point for more conversations about the 808. I hope it is something that gets people to investigate further and experience more of the music it played a huge part of.

Why do you feel it is important to share the history of the 808?

Dunn: The 808 has been a prime example of how an instrument can be created with a particular purpose in mind, only for that purpose to be completely overlooked by its end users. Those end users instead took it on a completely different, revolutionary journey. It has permeated so many musical genres, left an indelible mark on culture, inspired countless musicians and continues to be as relevant today as it was thirty years ago. Plus, it’s retro-futuristic sounds are just plain awesome.

Check out the trailer below: 

*This article was originally published at in October of 2014.*

Trailer: Chelsea Handler's 'Uganda Be Kidding Me' on Netflix

October 10, 2014
Check out the latest trailer from "Uganda Be Kidding Me Live." Chelsea Handler's comedy special is uncensored - bringing her outrageous, brash, outspoken, unfiltered, sense of humor to Netflix members worldwide. It’s a no-holds barred hour of comedy where nothing is off limits.
The live special is the culmination of Handler's wildly popular international stand-up comedy tour in support of her fourth New York Times #1 Bestseller, Uganda Be Kidding Me. Using personal photos to enrich her stories and comedy, Handler regales the audience with absurd tales of her global travels and the ridiculous characters in her life, all the while offering her signature unabashed opinions on subjects ranging from her expectations of sexual partners, to the very real problem of dolphin rape. 

The special is airing now at

'Days of our Lives' Jen Lilley to host Childhelp charity event

October 9, 2014
(From Examiner): Jen Lilley of "Days of our Lives" is hosting a celebrity bowling tournament to support a very worthy cause, Childhelp on Sunday, October 19 at Pins in Studio City.
For tickets and more info, visit: Childhelp

Check out the video where she talks about it.

Days of our Lives' Jen Lilley to host Childhelp Bowling Tournament by LA Music and TV  Examiner


'Dancing with the Stars': Alfonso Ribeiro brings back The Carlton

October 7, 2014
 Alfonso Ribeiro make us all a little nostaglic last night when he did he signature "The Carlton" dance on "Dancing with the Stars."

Check it out:


'Once Upon a Time': the first seven minutes of Elsa in "A Tale of Two Sisters (Video) Sneak Peek

September 27, 2014
Frozen is coming to Storybrooke. "Once Upon A Time" will kick off its season four premiere with Elsa coming to the small town with a mission.

Here are the first seven minutes of the episode. Catch the full episode on Sunday, September 29 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC

"Once Upon a Time : A Tale of Two Sisters"


Trailer: 'Reach Me' starring Sylvester Stallone

September 25, 2014
The next movie starring Sylvester Stallone, "Reach Me," hits theaters on November 21, 2014. 

Synopsis: A motivational book written by a mysterious man (Tom Berenger) goes viral and quickly gains popularity, inspiring a group of people that includes a journalist (Kevin Connolly), his editor (Sylvester Stallone), a former inmate (Kyra Sedgwick), a hip-hop mogul (Nelly), an actor (Cary Elwes) and an undercover cop (Thomas Jane) to re-evaluate their choices and decisions by confronting their fears in hopes of creating more positive lives.  

REACH ME also stars Terry Crews, Danny Aiello, Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Cohan, Ryan Kwanten, Tom Sizemore, and is written/directed by John Herzfield. The film is produced by Rebekah Chaney, Cassian Elwes, John Herzfield, and Buddy Patrick. 

Check out the trailer below: