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 www.streetfoodcinema.com. 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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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 Coldplay.com 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 Examiner.com 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 http://netflix.com/chelseahandlerlive

'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: