Elton John thanks City of West Hollywood with free concert

February 28, 2016
Saturday afternoon turned into “Saturday Night” as Elton John held a surprise concert at the famous Tower Records parking lot in West Hollywood. The free one-hour show was a thank you to the City of West Hollywood for hosting his annual Oscar Party in support of the Elton John Aid Foundation.

Rumors started circulating that something was going on at Tower Records when Vintage LA’s Facebook’s page posted a picture saying “What’s Happening at Tower Records?” It was obviously a stage set up and many assumed since it was Oscar week in LA, it was an Oscar party. Towers Records venue hasn’t been used since Colin Hanks had a premiere party there and decorated the place with the old Tower Records sign and logo to support his documentary on Tower Records called “All Things Must Pass.

The show was officially announced on John’s Official Twitter Page at 9:00 AM this morning. AOLBuild had a live stream of the show in which Lady Gaga appeared to duet with John for his classic hit “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.”

“I love Tower Records,” John said on stage this afternoon. “I could have bought Los Angeles for all the money I spent at Tower Records.” As he reflected on his time in West Hollywood, John said. “I first came to West Hollywood in 1970 when I played a show at the Troubadour (on Santa Monica Boulevard) which I am happy to say is still open.”

During his AOL interview with Sharon Osbourne the morning before the stream, John said that his Elton John AIDS Foundation and his Oscar party which began in 1999, had raised more than $350 million dollars had been raised in the fight against AIDS.

John sang three songs off his new album, “Wild Crazy Nights,” the title track, “Blue Wonderful,” which he described as a very LA song, “A Good Heart” and “Looking Up” along with his classic hits “Bennie and the Jets,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Rocket Man,” “Levon” and “Saturday Night’s (Alright For Fighting), “The Bitch is Back”, “Your Song” and “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.”

John sat at his piano with his band and performed wearing a black glitter suit with red accents highlighted a red glittered rose on the back, with red lace glitter sleeves and red shoes. Lady Gaga complimented her friend well in her blue classic dress. The shoes she wore was as amazing as the voice with 6-inch heels and stilted platforms that she seemed to have no problem moving across the stage in.

To support the Elton John AIDS Foundation, visit: EJAF.org

Wonderful Crazy Night,” John’s new album is available now.

This article was originally published on Feb. 2016 on AXS.com

Trailer: 'Pee Wee's Big Holiday': Netflix releases new trailer

February 21, 2016
Pee Wee's back! Netflix has released a new trailer for the new film. Check out the trailer below:
A fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny. Pee-wee's Big Holiday premieres March 18, only on Netflix. 
Pee-wee's Big Holiday stars Paul Reubens as the beloved fun-loving hero of TV, stage, and film, Pee-wee Herman. 
Reubens teams up with Judd Apatow (Anchorman, Bridesmaids) to produce, and Paul Rust (Comedy Bang! Bang!, Arrested Development) to write. John Lee (Broad City, Inside Amy Schumer) makes his feature film directorial debut. 

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'The Hateful Eight' headed to DVD/Blu-Ray March 29

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Press Release: Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company are brinig director Quentin Tarantino's acclaimed film, "The Hateful Eight" to DVD and Blu-Ray on March 29th. 
Shot entirely on 70mm and featuring a Golden Globe and BAFTA award-winning score by Oscar winner Ennio Morricone (Bugsy, The Mission) The Hateful Eight.
An explosive frontier mystery about eight strangers with one deadly connection, The Hateful Eight will be available for digital download on March 15, 2016 from Starz Digital before heading to  retail on Blu-ray Combo Pack ($39.99 SRP) and DVD ($29.98 SRP) from Anchor Bay Entertainment and On Demand March 29, 2016. Special features for The Hateful Eight include two featurettes – “Beyond the Eight: A Behind-the-Scenes Look” and “Sam Jackson’s Guide to Glorious 70mm.”

Ultra Panavision 70 is the very rare and exceptional format that Quentin Tarantino and his team used to shoot The Hateful Eight, the widest 70mm theatrical release in twenty years. Panavision’s unique anamorphic camera lenses capture images on film in an incredible aspect ratio of 2.76:1. Almost all films seen today are shot in ratios of either 1.85:1 or 2.39:1. Simply put, Ultra Panavision 70 provides an amazingly wide and more detailed image.

The Hateful Eight marks the triumphant return to the genre for legendary composer Morricone (The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, A Fistful of Dollars). Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score, Morricone is back in the saddle after nearly four decades since last scoring a full-length Western. Additional Academy Award nominations include 3-time Oscar winner Robert Richardson for Best Cinematography and Jennifer Jason Leigh for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. The Hateful Eight’s notorious all-star cast also boasts Oscar nominees Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction), Kurt Russell (Silkwood), Emmy nominee Walton Goggins (TV’s Justified), Demian Bichir (A Better Life) and Tim Roth (Rob Roy).

In The Hateful Eight, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in those parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob (Demian Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…
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FOX's 'The Passion' adds Yolanda Adams and Michael W. Smith

February 15, 2016
FOX's "The Passion" adds recording artists Yolanda Adams and Michael W. Smith to the live show. The two-hour epic musical event will air live from New Orleans on Palm Sunday, March 20 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. 

Adams will kick off the show with a special live performance and Smith will play the role as one of Jesus’ disciples. Adams and Smith join previously announced host and narrator Tyler Perry, and cast members Jencarlos Canela (Jesus Christ), Chris Daughtry (Judas), Prince Royce (the disciple Peter), Seal (Pontius Pilate) and Trisha Yearwood (Mary, the mother of Jesus).

"The Passion" tells the 2000-year-old story of the last hours of Jesus Christ’s life on earth through passages from the Bible and a variety of contemporary popular music, sung by the cast, and arranged specifically for this event by executive producer and hit music producer Adam Anders (“Glee,” “Rock of Ages”). Set in modern day, the event will follow the dramatic and inspirational story of Jesus of Nazareth, as he presides over the Last Supper, and then is betrayed by Judas, put on trial by Pontius Pilate, convicted, crucified and resurrected. 

The event will unfold live at some of New Orleans’ most iconic locations, while featuring a procession of a thousand people carrying a 20-foot, illuminated cross from outside the Mercedes Benz Superdome to the live stage at Woldenberg Park on the banks of the Mississippi River.







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TCM Classic Film Festival to honor screen legend Gina Lollobrigida

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) announces screen legends and beloved titles for its 7th annual TCM Classic Film Festival set to take place April 28-May 1, 2016, in Hollywood. This year the popular festival honors Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida. The honor will include featured screenings of her films "Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell" and "Trapeze."

"Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell":

This classic from the 60s is set during World War II and tells the story of an Italian villager played by Lollobrigida who befriends three American soldiers. When she turns up with child, she isn't sue which of the three men is the father. She decides to create a father for a child, a dead captain named Campbell. She promptly declares herself his widow and accepts support checks from all three soldiers.

Twenty years later, a reunion unexpectedly brings the three veterans -- and their wives and children -- back to Italy. Mrs. Campbell panics as she endeavors to keep her lively past from her daughter.

"Trapeze"::

In this movie, Lollobrigida stars with Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis as circus trapeze artists who are the star acts of the greatest show on Earth. A crippled artist and former star Mike Ribble (Burt Lancaster) sees great promise in young, brash Tino Orsini (Tony Curtis). Ribble—only the sixth man to have completed the dangerous triple somersault—thinks his protégé is capable of matching the same feat but only if he gives him rigorous training. However, Orsini is distracted by the new third member of their circus act, the manipulative Lola (Gina Lollobrigida). .

Complete bios for each of the artists appearing at the 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival can be found at filmfestival.tcm.com
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James Corden set to host Tony Awards

February 3, 2016



CBS has announced that Late Late Show host James Corden will host the 70th annual Tony Awards. The live event will be broadcast live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City on June 12 at 8/7c.

Corden won a 2012 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for his performance in One Man, Two Guvnors.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be hosting the Tony Awards," said Corden. "Both times I've worked on Broadway have been amongst the happiest times of my professional life. I consider it to be a huge honor to be asked to host such an incredible night. It's going to be fun; I can't wait to dust off my tap shoes!"

 "The Late Late Show" airs weeknights at 12:37am/11:37pm on CBS
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Kerry Washington, Quincy Jones among presenters at 2016 Oscars

February 2, 2016
Today the motion picture academy announced more presenters for the 88th Oscars telecast. The Oscars, hosted by Chris Rock, will air live Oscar® Sunday, February 28, on ABC.

The presenters, including Oscar winners and nominees, are:

Steve Carell, Priyanka Chopra, Quincy Jones, Byung-hun Lee, Jared Leto, Julianne Moore, Olivia Munn, Margot Robbie, Jason Segel, Andy Serkis, J.K. Simmons, Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon.

The 88th annual Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 28, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

This year's nominees are:

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