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“Walking Dead” cast expected to make a cameo at Alamo City Comic Con

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This weekend thousands of horror fans will descend on the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center for three days of celebrity panels, giveaways, costume contests, autograph and photo opportunities, and more. Cast members from hit shows such as AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” FX’s “American Horror Story, and ” HBO’s “True Blood” are expected to attend.

Founded by Armando Montelongo of Armando Montelongo Productions, Billy Madison and Fred Hernandez of “The Billy Madison Show,” and Alamo City Comic Con creator Alfredo “Apple” de la Fuente, Terror Expo runs from January 22-24.

“If you look into the urban legends surrounding San Antonio, you know we love a good scare,” said Montelongo. “We are thrilled to be hosting this event for the first time in our amazing city, and look forward to celebrating with other horror fans.”

“The success of Alamo City Comic Con confirmed what we always knew, that San Antonio is a fantastic entertainment destination,” said De La Fuente. “By bringing Terror Expo to our city we hope to give fans access to their favorite celebrities, a chance to meet other horror fans, and also to surround them with the type of horror memorabilia they normally wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else.”

The current list of celebrities appearing for panels and autograph and photo opportunities includes:

Robert Englund – “Freddy Krueger” from the blockbuster A Nightmare on Elm Street films
Denis O’Hare – Star of “American Horror Story” and “Russell Edgington” on HBO’s “True Blood”
Elvira (Cassandra Peterson) – Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark
Tobin Bell – “Jigsaw” from the Saw films
Michael Cudlitz – “Sergeant Abraham Ford” on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”
Emily Kinney – “Emily Greene” on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”
Scott Wilson – “Hershel Greene” on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”
Alexandra Breckenridge – “Jessie Anderson” on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”
Chad Coleman – “Tyrese Williams” on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”
Seth Gilliam – “Father Gabriel” on AMC’s “The Walking Dead
Michael Traynor – “Nicholas” on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”
Major Dodson – “Sam” on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”
Tara Reid – Sharknado, Urban Legend, Devil’s Pond, American Pie
Ian Ziering – Sharknado, “Beverly Hills 90210”
C. Thomas Howell –The Outsiders, The Hitcher, Red Dawn, The Amazing Spiderman
Bill Moseley –Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, The Devil’s Rejects, House of 1000 Corpses
Sid Haig –House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, Hatchet 3, The Lords of Salem
Martin Kove –The Karate Kid, Rambo: First Blood, “Cagney and Lacey”
William “Billy” Zabka –The Karate Kid, Just One of the Guys, Most
Jose Cantillo – FX’s “Sons of Anarchy,” AMC’s “The Walking Dead”
Nathan Baesel – ABC’s “Invasion,” CBS’s “Cold Case”
Paula Shaw – Freddy vs. Jason
Ken Kirzinger – Freddy vs. Jason, Wrong Turn 2: Dead End
William Forsythe – The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween, Out for Justice
Philip Friedman – Insidious, Shadow of the Blair Witch
Danielle Bisutti – Insidious: Chapter 2, Curse of Chucky, Nickelodeon’s “True Jackson”
David Labrava – FX’s “Sons of Anarchy”
Naomi Grossman – FX’s “American Horror Story”
Lisa Wilcox – A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
Amanda Wyss –A Nightmare on Elm Street, Better off Dead, Fast Times at Ridgemont High
JoAnn Willette –A Nightmare on Elm Street 2, “Just the Ten of Us,” “The Facts of Life.” “ER”
Ronee Blakley –A Nightmare on Elm Street, “Nashville”
Leslie Hoffman – A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream 2

For more information please visit: www.TerrorExpo.com

 

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Red Hot Chili Peppers To Perform at Sixth Annual DIRECTV Super Saturday Night Event in San Francisco

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DIRECTV, now part of the AT&T* family, will once again host the crown jewel of Big Game parties on Saturday, Feb. 6 at San Francisco’s Pier 70 when the six-time Grammy Award-winning band, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and special guests,take the stage at DIRECTV Super Saturday Night Co-Hosted by Mark Cuban’s AXS TV.

DIRECTV Super Saturday Night has become the most sought-after invitation of the weekend.  Each year DIRECTV presents the music world’s hottest talent – including Katy Perry (2012), Justin Timberlake (2013), Jay-Z and Beyoncé (2014) and Rihanna and Kanye West (2015). DIRECTV Super Saturday Night is a private, invitation-only event. Tickets are not available for purchase.

Leading up to Super Saturday Night, DIRECTV and Pepsi will team up to bring fans 2 additional nights of unforgettable live concert performances. Dave Matthews Band will take the stage at DIRECTV and Pepsi Super Thursday Night on Feb. 4. Pharrell Williams performs at Pepsi Friday Night on Feb. 5.

The innovative and premium space at San Francisco’s Pier 70 will be designed specifically for this never-before-seen fan engagement. It will feature state-of-the-art sound systems, unique artistic designs and projection-mapped photo walls for an immersive social media experience. Ticket prices for Pepsi Super Friday Night featuring Pharrell Williams start at $75.00 and are still available at Livenation.com, Ticketmaster outlets or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets for DIRECTV and Pepsi Super Thursday Night featuring Dave Matthews Band are sold out.

Sponsors of DIRECTV Super Saturday Night Hosted by Mark Cuban’s AXS TV include Pepsi, SHOWTIME, Miller Lite and JETLUX.

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The Wallis Presents the U.S. Premiere of Debbie Allen’s Freeze Frame

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The passion and pain of Freeze Frame will burst onto the stage in a fusion of dance, music, film and theater for four performances only on February 5 – 7 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Written, directed and choreographed by three-time Emmy Award-winner Debbie Allen, Freeze Frame takes audiences on a rollercoaster ride through some of LA’s toughest streets where gangs, poverty, violence, and drugs are an everyday reality. With original music by Stevie Wonder,

James Ingram, Ricky Minor, Arturo Sandoval and Thump, Freeze Frame is a dance-driven narrative that will reframe the conversation about violence in America.

In addition to the public performances, there will be a gala benefit performance of Freeze Frame on Thursday, Feb 4 to be followed by an onstage Architects of Change panel conversation on violence in America hosted and presented by Maria Shriver and Allen as part of Shriver’s ongoing Architects of Change: The Conversation Series, aimed at opening hearts and minds to affect positive impact in the world. All Gala proceeds to benefit the Debbie Allen Dance Academy and Arts Education for the young people of the Greater Los Angeles area and America.

“The opportunity to spur social change is at the heart of not only Freeze Frame but also my own artistic core,” said Debbie Allen. “Maria Shriver and I know that to affect real positive change in the violence and mental health problems in this country we must engage in constructive dialogue. The many voices in Freeze Frame bring to life the stories of those most affected by violence and provide a lens through which audiences can be a witness, see themselves in the picture and consider how to make change.”

“I’m thrilled to be partnering with Debbie Allen and producing the Architects of Change conversation to bring about social change through dance, theater and thought-provoking conversation,” said Maria Shriver. “It’s our hope that this conversation and production will make people stop, think, reflect, and inspire them to take part in the larger national conversation and become part of the solution.”

“It is important for us, as well as a privilege to present Freeze Frame and the Architects of Change: The Conversation Series at The Wallis, supporting both Debbie Allen, an artist and commentator on the world in which we live, and Maria Shriver, whose journalism and activism seek to inspire social change,” said Paul Crewes, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts’ new Artistic Director who takes the reins full time in April 2016. “This critical work and the issues it debates are particularly relevant at this time in America.”

Freeze Frame will have four performances: Friday & Saturday, Feb 5 & 6 at 8PM, Saturday, Feb 6 at 3PM, and Sunday, Feb 7 at 12PM. For more information, visit TheWallis.org

The Gala Benefit Performance and panel discussion will be Thursday, Feb 4 beginning at 5:30PM.

Freeze Frame is the next installment of The Wallis’ Arts & Ideas: Community Connections series, which aims to spark dialogue about societal issues, cultural issues and ideas through stimulating conversations and thought-provoking performances.

About Freeze Frame:
Originally commissioned by the Brisbane Arts Festival, Freeze Frame is a dynamic mix of street-tough characters sharing their stories through a series of high-powered scenes of dance, song and drama. More than thirty Debbie Allen Dance Academy protégés and professional guest artists appear together onstage for explosive ‘break-the-floor’ moves propelled by a score that features new music, most notably by soul and funk legend Stevie Wonder and James Ingram. The rich and smooth mix of hip-hop, soul, gospel and R&B is led by Ricky Minor, who was the music director for American Idol, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Super Bowl and the Grammy Awards. He has also worked on tour with Whitney Houston, Alicia Keyes, Christina Aguilera, Ray Charles and Beyoncé. Audiences will be moved by the dance, the amazing voices and the indescribable true story of how art, dance, music and hope are able to transform lives. Freeze Frame is a passionate performance that will inspire, stun, and change the conversation about violence in America.

About the Freeze Frame Cast:
The cast of highly-talented performers is comprised of a mix of seasoned professionals including three-time Emmy Award-winner, Tony-nominated, and Drama Desk winner Debbie Allen; Tony Award-winner Clinton Derricks; Broadway’s Vivian Nixon (Hot Feet, Memphis, Women on the Verge); So You Think You Can Dance Finalist and All-Star William Wingfield; up-and-coming internationally acclaimed vocalist Matthew Johnson;and students, past and present, from the Debbie Allen Dance Academy. Additional cast members to be announced.

About Architects of Change: The Conversation Series:
Architects of Change is a live gathering hosted and inspired by Maria Shriver that opens hearts and minds. Founded in Los Angeles and produced by Shriver Media, the bi-monthly conversation series invites Architects of Change: those conscious idealists among us who see things as they are but imagine what they can be. The series brings to life the preeminent community of Architects of Change who gather daily at Mariashriver.com and benefits A Woman’s Nation non-profit organization.

Shriver Media is a 21st Century socially-conscious media company that produces films, documentaries, original digital reporting and live events to inform, inspire, enlighten and entertain. Our team collaborates with like-minded partners and offers diverse media brands that we believe can impact individuals and society in a positive way. We ignite hearts and minds. Visit us at ShriverMedia.com.

For more information about Debbie Allen and the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, please visit: www.debbieallendanceacademy.com.

For more information about The Wallis, please visit: TheWallis.org

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Jennifer Lopez begins residency at Planet Hollywood

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The “Shades of Blue” actress begins her residency today at Planet Hollywood’s The Axis. Lopez is commissioned for 20 dates at a rate of $350,000 per show, according to TMZ. Lopez will be singing her greatest hits and delivering an eye-appealing entertaining spectacular.

The 46-year-old, reportedly has been putting in the work to ensure the residency launches without a hitch and was seen rehearsing on with her kids in tow, according to inside sources.

Lopez joins the ranks of Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, and other powerhouses in music who have all taken to Las Vegas to showcase their talents on a global stage.

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Elton John AIDS Foundation Presents Its 24th Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party “Wonderful Crazy Night”

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The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) will present its 24th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party Wonderful Crazy Night on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. Elton John and David Furnish will host the gala event. The Foundation is profoundly grateful to its Presenting Sponsors BVLGARI, M∙A∙C Cosmetics, and Neuro Drinks and Diana Jenkins for supporting this important event so generously.

Following dinner and an exciting live auction, Elton and his band will perform various selections, including songs from Elton’s new album Wonderful Crazy Night, co-produced by Elton and T-Bone Burnett with lyrics by Bernie Taupin.

For a fourth consecutive year, award-winning Chef Gordon Ramsay will prepare the sumptuous dinner for party guests to enjoy while watching a live telecast of the 88th Academy Awards. DJ Johnny Dynell also returns to spin tunes for guests to dance the night away.

The Foundation’s Academy Awards Viewing Party is the most highly visible and successful fundraising event in Hollywood on Oscar night. Over the past 23 years, this annual event has raised more than $50 million, thanks to the generosity of EJAF’s supporters. These funds help the Foundation to make a real difference in the lives of people at risk for or living with HIV/AIDS, including urgently needed medical care in the Caribbean, innovative treatment and prevention programs in the Southern United States, and national initiatives addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States and Canada.

Audi, BBVA Compass, TheBLUEFISH, and StyleHaul have partnered with EJAF as the evening’s generous Co-Sponsors, and Fin Gray and Michael Melnick are Associate Sponsors. The Foundation is especially grateful to the City of West Hollywood for continued collaboration with EJAF on shared goals. American Airlines is EJAF’s official airline.

This year’s event co-chairs are Tim and Jane Allen, Beck, Boy George, Naomi Campbell, Jim Carrey, Ciara, Chris Colfer, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, John Demsey, Zooey Deschanel, Jennifer Kelly Dominiquini, Roland Emmerich, Stéphane Gerschel, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Debbie Harry, Stephanie Horbaczewski, Samuel L. Jackson, Diana Jenkins, Caitlyn Jenner, Quincy Jones, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss, Heidi Klum, Ryan Kwanten, Fred Latsko, Shelley Lazar, Sandra Lee, Rob and Sheryl Lowe, Eric and Janet McCormack, Joe McMillan, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Katy Perry, Tyler Perry, Adam Press, Andrew Rannells, Smokey and Frances Robinson, Zoe Saldana, Steve Sims, Britney Spears, Sharon Stone, Jeffrey Tambor, Steven Tyler, Denzel and Pauletta Washington, and Allison Williams.

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ELTON JOHN AIDS FOUNDATION – At EJAF, we believe that AIDS can be beaten. We act on that belief by raising funds for evidence-based programs and policies, and also by speaking out with honesty and compassion about the realities of people’s lives. Elton John created EJAF over twenty years ago, first in the United States in 1992 and then in the United Kingdom in 1993.  Through hard work and with the help of our network of kind and generous friends and supporters, the two foundations together have raised more than $349 million over the past two decades to combat stigma, prevent infections, provide treatment and services, and motivate governments to end AIDS.  The U.S. foundation focuses its efforts on programs in the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean, while the U.K. foundation funds HIV-related work in Europe, Asia, and Africa.  Join us in speaking out, taking action, and contributing to our efforts to achieve a world without AIDS.

For more information, please visit www.ejaf.org.

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Carrie Underwood featured in new Grammy Ads

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Carrie Underwood is a poster girl for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.

The Recording Academy is promoting the Annual Grammy Awards with the advertising campaign “Witness Greatness.” The campaign will include television spots, online pop-ups, billboards, and street advertising featuring Carrie Underwood, alongside The Weeknd, Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, and Bruno Mars.

The TV commercial titled “Spotlight,” features memorable Grammy performances by some of your favorite performers. A second TV spot, titled “Confetti,” features Mars’ 55th Grammy Awards performance in 2013.

The Grammy Awards will be held Monday, February 15th,  at the Staples center in Los Angeles and will air LIVE on CBS.

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SCAD Announces Line-Up For 2016 aTVfest In Atlanta

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The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) announced today its lineup for the fourth annual aTVfest, drawing in industry-leading producers, directors, writers and actors to SCAD venues in Atlanta’s thriving midtown.

The festival celebrates preeminent television and media productions and will be held Thursday, Feb. 4 through Sunday, Feb. 7 at several SCAD Atlanta locations, including the SCADshow Theater, the Digital Media Center and the main SCAD Atlanta campus at 1600 Peachtree St.

SCAD is hosting premiere screenings and panels covering iconic television comedies, dramas and animation features including A&E’s “Bates Motel;” ABC’s “American Crime,” “The Catch,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “How To Get Away With Murder;” Cinemax’s “Banshee;” Comedy Central’s “Futurama;” FOX’s “Family Guy,” “Gotham,” “Lucifer” and “Sleepy Hollow;” HBO documentaries “Class Divide” and “Mavis;” HGTV’s “Ellen’s Design Challenge;” Hulu’s “The Path;” Lifetime’s “Devious Maids,” NBC’s “Grimm;”  and Nickelodeon’s “The Loud House.” Mindy Kaling of Hulu’s “The Mindy Project” will once again return with her writing team. Kaling will screen an episode of her show and will participate in an insightful panel discussion immediately following.

Industry discussions aim to offer valuable insight into the world of agents, managers, casting, comedy, integration, pitches, production partnership, programming placement, reality television, postproduction, visual effects and the convergence of digital media and television.

An integral part of aTVfest is premiering SCAD student work alongside their professional counterparts. A juried showcase will include dramas, comedies, web productions and more from SCAD’s school of digital media.

The current line-up is available at www.atvfest.com.

About aTVfest
Hosted by SCAD, aTVfest is an international event where attendees discover the latest in design, creativity and innovation in television and media production. Join working professionals from all spheres of content production for exclusive panel discussions and workshops. Delve into the latest trends in broadcast, cable, Web, social media and advertising, with the best work showcased for review. Connect and network with the brightest stars in television at award presentations, screenings, premieres and exclusive receptions.

Last year’s aTVfest was attended by more than 6,000 people and honored Terrence Howard with the Spotlight Award; Timothy Huttonwith the Icon Award and the students of How To Get Away with Murder with the Rising Star Award.

About SCAD
The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor’s and master’s degrees at distinctive locations to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD offers degrees in more than 40 majors, as well as minors in more than 60 disciplines. With 32,000 alumni worldwide, SCAD demonstrates an exceptional education and unparalleled career preparation.

At locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; in Hong Kong; in Lacoste, France; and online through SCAD eLearning, the diverse student body consists of more than 12,000 students, from across the United States and over 100 countries. SCAD’s innovative curriculum is enhanced by advanced, professional-level technology, equipment and learning resources. Curricular collaborations with companies and organizations including Google and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) affirm the professional currency SCAD champions in its degree programs.

The university, students, faculty and alumni have garnered acclaim from respected organizations and publications worldwide including four consecutive years of No. 1 rankings for the undergraduate interior design program by DesignIntelligence, recognition as one of the 2014 Red Dot Design Rankings’ top 10 universities in the Americas and Europe, and the No. 1 graduate fashion program in the U.S. as determined by Business of Fashion — recently cited by Fast Company as one of the world’s top 10 most innovative companies of 2015 in media.

For more information, visit the official SCAD blog or scad.edu.

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The Cast of Black-ish To Appear at 2016 PaleyFest

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The cast of Black-ish will be on hand for the 2016 PaleyFest in Los Angeles, March 11-20.

The Festival Celebrating Outstanding Television will honor the series on March 13 at the Dolby Theatre. The cast, including Anthony Anderson – who is an executive producer on the show – will answer questions at the annual event. Other cast members expected to attend include Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown, and Marsai Martin. Kenya Barris and Jonathan Groff, both executive producers on the show, are also expected to attend.

For more information, visit paleycenter.org.