•December 3, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Just in time for the holidays, Disney California Adventure has debuted a cool new version of its dazzling World of Color show, called Winter Dreams.
Hosted by Olaf the snowman, from Disney’s new animated movie Frozen, World of Color − Winter Dreams combines new animation with classic winter scenes from beloved Disney and Disney•Pixar films, such as Bambi, Fantasia and Toy Story.
The show also includes new music and special effects, including new methods for utilizing the massive “stage” of water, color and light that comes to life with the power of nearly 1,200 fountains.
I got a chance to speak to the technical producer for World of Color – Winter Dreams.
Click on the video below for my peek behind the scenes!
•November 13, 2013 • Leave a Comment
After a successful run in San Diego in 2012, Cirque du Soleil’s TOTEM has returned to Southern California!
The show just wrapped up its run in Los Angeles and will open in Irvine on November 21st. TOTEM’s last stop in Southern California will be in Santa Monica, beginning January 17th.
TOTEM features stories and images of evolution, told through the incredible artistry that Cirque du Soleil is known for. It was created by Robert LePage, the mastermind behind KA at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and like KA, TOTEM is a technological masterpiece.
I spoke to Artistic Director Tim Smith about the show. Click on the video below to learn more and get a sneak peek!
For specific show times and ticket info for TOTEM’s California run, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/totem
•October 25, 2013 • Leave a Comment
The new documentary BROADWAY IDIOT chronicles the making of the Broadway musical American Idiot, based on Green Day’s “American Idiot” album.
Filmed over four years with rare access behind the curtain, three-time Emmy winning journalist and filmmaker Doug Hamilton’s BROADWAY IDIOT gives viewers front row access to the making of a Broadway musical.
The documentary follows the members of Green Day, as they see their original songs from the album “American Idiot” transformed into a Broadway production.
The American Idiot musical won two Tony Awards and is now touring the world.
BROADWAY IDIOT is now playing in select theaters nationwide and is available on Video On Demand.
Here’s my sneak peek at the film for BroadwayWorld.com:
•October 10, 2013 • Leave a Comment
November 22, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. A new movie is shedding new light on the chaotic aftermath of that tragic day.
PARKLAND weaves together the perspectives of a handful of ordinary individuals suddenly thrust into extraordinary circumstances: the young doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital; Dallas’ chief of the Secret Service; an unwitting cameraman who captured what became the most watched and examined film in history; the FBI agents who nearly had the gunman within their grasp; the brother of Lee Harvey Oswald, left to deal with his shattered family; and JFK’s security team, witnesses to both the president’s death and Vice President Lyndon Johnson’s rise to power over a nation whose innocence was forever altered.
Parkland is based on the book Four Days In November, by renowned author and former prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi. The adapted screenplay is written by award-winning journalist and novelist Peter Landesman, who is making his directorial debut.
The ensemble cast includes Zac Efron (THE PAPERBOY), Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden (MYSTIC RIVER), Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton (SLING BLADE), Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver (SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK) and Academy Award nominee Paul Giamatti (THE IDES OF MARCH) along with James Badge Dale (SHAME), Academy Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley (LINCOLN), Colin Hanks (THE GUILT TRIP), David Harbour (END OF WATCH), Golden Globe nominee Ron Livingston (OFFICE SPACE), Jeremy Strong (ZERO DARK THIRTY) and Tom Welling (DRAFT DAY).
PARKLAND is rated PG-13.
To hear from Giamatti and Landesman and get a peek behind-the-scenes, click on the video below!
•September 4, 2013 • Leave a Comment
September is California Wine Month, and celebrations are taking place at wineries across the state!
California Wine Month is now in its 9th year and it celebrates the annual harvest.
Wineries throughout California are offering exciting activities, from VIP wine tastings, tours and wine festivals to crushing and blending your very own wine.
Some upcoming events are The California Wines Roadtrip Tasting on September 21st at the San Francisco Ferry Building; Madera County’s California Wine Reception and Wine Tasting on September 26th; and Sunset Savor the Central Coast, September 26th through 29th in San Luis Obispo County.
Lodi is offering a Road Trip Passport that’s good for winery events and discounts throughout September.
Temecula Valley is also offering a $35 SIP Passport, which can be used for tastings at any four wineries during California Wine Month, but the highlight of California Wine Month in Temecula Valley is Crush, on September 14th. That’s when all of the local wineries come together for a night of food, wine and celebration.
With more than 35 wineries, Temecula Valley is one of California’s fastest-growing wine regions.
To find out what makes the area so special, and some fun ways to explore it (ie. horse-drawn carriage!), click on the video below!
•August 13, 2013 • Leave a Comment
From “Above the world of Cars,” Disney’s Planes has soared into movie theaters everywhere, including Hollywood’s historic El Capitan Theatre.
And in celebration of the movie, the El Capitan is offering a wildlife presentation before every showing that takes audiences sky high, bringing them up close with exotic, beautiful creatures who inspire the dream of flight. Then after the movie, you can check out an exhibit about world famous planes spanning the history of manned flight will be on display courtesy of the Planes of Fame Air Museum.
For movie times and ticket information, visit www.elcapitantickets.com or call 800-DISNEY6.
And for a sneak peek at Planes, and to hear from some of the big-name voices behind the movie, click on my video below!
•August 1, 2013 • Leave a Comment
The La Jolla Playhouse has just announced a second extension of its hit comedy Sideways, based on the book by Rex Pickett that inspired the Academy Award-winning movie.
Sideways tells the story of two middle-aged friends – Miles (Patrick Breen) and Jack (Sean Allan Krill)– during one last blowout road trip across California’s Santa Ynez Valley wine country before Jack is to be married.
In keeping with the theme, the Playhouse will offer wine tastings following the Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening performances of Sideways. The tastings take place in the La Jolla Playhouse Coffee Bar and Restaurant, and feature a selection of wines from five renowned Santa Barbara County wineries. Tastings are $12 for three flights and $15 for five flights and the price includes a souvenir Sideways wine glass.
Sideways now runs through September 1st at the Playhouse’s Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre. For show times and ticket information, visit www.lajollaplayhouse.org or call (858) 550-1010.