Ring in the Festive Holiday Season at Universal Studios Hollywood

All-New “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter”
and the Heartwarming Return of “Grinchmas”

Universal CityWalk also Celebrates the Holidays with
Special Appearances by Saint Nick and Free Outdoor Concerts 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at The Entertainment Capital of L.A. as Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk deck the halls for a wintry calendar of festive holiday experiences and an array of delectable treats that families and friends far and wide can enjoy.

The all-new “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” experience will resonate throughout the immersive land this yuletide season transforming the iconic HogwartsTM castle into a dazzling light projection spectacular, while the quaint town of Hogsmeade village shines brightly with décor uniquely themed to each of the individual storefronts.

The a cappella Frog Choir, comprised of Hogwarts students and their giant throaty frogs, will perform all-new holiday themed songs.

A wide selection of all-new custom-made Christmas ornaments created especially for “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will also debut this season.

Collectibles include a variety of decorative Hogwarts castle snow globes, Hogwarts crest and mascot ornaments representing each of the houses, as well as a collection of unique tree toppers and house pennant garland.Newly introduced holiday-themed fare and the eagerly-awaited seasonal return of hot Butterbeer will further complement the overall experience.

“Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will take place daily from November 24, 2017 through January 7, 2018.

The all-new “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” experienceinvites guests to celebrate this special time of year in J.K. Rowling’s compelling Wizarding World for themselves.

As night falls on Hogsmeade village, “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” will illuminate Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with colorful imagery and impressive dimensional animations that dance across Hogwarts castle in tandem to a musical arrangement from the Harry Potter movies.

“Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” represents the immersive land’s first holiday themed program since opening at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2016.

Grinchmas™” returns to Universal Studios Hollywood with a Who-lebration of fun fit forThe Grinch, his faithful dog Max and a roster of Who-ville Whos.

The annual event comes to life with a towering 60 foot tall whimsical “Grinchmas” tree where Martha May Who-vier and the Who Dolls will take center stage performing energetic musical sets to usher in the Christmas season in style.
The Who-liday Singers—a hip boy-band ensemble—will perform nightly a cappella concerts featuring a mix of Christmas favorites and pop rock.“Grinchmas” will take place weekends on December 2-3 and 9-10, and daily from December 15 through December 31.

Spirited holiday décor and festive whimsy will permeate throughout the theme park including “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and the adjoining “Super Silly Fun Land” as a crew of very merry and mischievous Minions gleefully spread Christmas cheer to visitors of all ages.

A spectacular 40-foot tall Christmas tree will glisten with 200,000 LED icicles choreographed to the lights and sounds of the season in the 5 Towers plaza.

Santa Claus will make nightly appearances and offer special photo opportunities at 5 Towers.The iconic, dancing water fountain situated at the heart of CityWalk will also make a splash this holiday season.

This visually dynamic fountain, displaying over 230 individual power jets, will project streams of choreographed water into the aircomplemented by red and green LED lights and an array of holiday-themed music.Free concert performances at “5 Towers” and an eclectic ensemble of talented street performers will make CityWalk the ultimate L.A. holiday destination.

The spirit of the season continues with a wintertime transformation of Universal CityWalk, beginning the day after Thanksgiving on November 24 through December 23,2017.

The holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood is included in the price of theme park admission.

More information is available at UniversalStudiosHollywood.com.
Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.Admission to Universal CityWalk is free. More information available at CityWalkHollywood.com

A similar holiday program will also take place at Universal Orlando Resort.

About Warner Bros. Entertainment:

Warner Bros. Entertainment is a global leader in all forms of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms. A Time Warner Company, the fully integrated, broad-based studio is home to one of the most successful collections of brands in the world and stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD, digital distribution, animation, comic books, video games, product, and brand licensing, international cinemas and broadcasting.About Dr. Seuss:

Theodor “Seuss” Geisel is quite simply the most beloved children’s book author of all time. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, an Academy Award, three Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and three Caldecott Honors, Geisel wrote and illustrated 45 books for children. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. While Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading.About Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster. Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction. The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

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@Thisfunktional Talks With Felipe Esparza TRANSLATE THIS

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

Comedian Felipe Esparza talks with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, about his upcoming HBO special “Translate This,” airing on Sept. 30.

Esparza talks about wanting his comedy to be timeless, growing as a comedian and how he and his wife, Lisa Esparza, were very hands on with with producing the comedy special.

FELIPE ESPARZA: TRANSLATE THIS
on HBO, HBO Latino and HBO NOW app on Sept. 30
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PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN| NEW Behind The Scenes Clip!

Watch as the cast of PROFESSOR MARSTON & WONDER WOMEN marvel at the origin story of the most famous female superhero in comic book history in this NEW piece! The film starring Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, and Bella Heathcote and written and directed by Angela Robinson will hit theaters on October 13th.

SYNOPSIS: In a superhero origin tale unlike any other, the film is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston to create the iconic Wonder Woman character in the 1940’s. While Marston’s feminist superhero was criticized by censors for her ‘sexual perversity’, he was keeping a secret that could have destroyed him. Marston’s muses for the Wonder Woman character were his wife Elizabeth Marston and their lover Olive Byrne, two empowered women who defied convention: working with Marston on human behavior research — while building a hidden life with him that rivaled the greatest of superhero disguises.

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AVATAR SEQUELS | Meet the Next Generation as Production begins!

20th Century Fox has revealed the newest cast members of the AVATAR SEQUELS who recently explored Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for inspiration. Concurrent production began in Manhattan Beach, CA on Monday, September 25th on the four sequels, the first of which will be released December 18, 2020.

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L-R: Britain Dalton (Lo’ak of the Sully Family), Filip Geljo (Aonung of the Metkayina Clan), Jamie Flatters (Neteyam of the Sully Family), Bailey Bass (Tsireya of the Metkayina Clan), Trinity Bliss (Tuktirey of the Sully Family), Jack Champion (Javier “Spider” Socorro), and Duane Evans Jr (Rotxo of the Metkayina Clan).

 

The Sully Family

JAMIE FLATTERS: Neteyam (neh-tay’-ahm) Jake and Neytiri’s first born son.

BRITAIN DALTON: Lo’ak (loh’ ahk) Lo’ak is Jake and Neytiri’s second born.

TRINITY BLISS: Tuktirey: (took-tee’-ray) She goes mostly by “Tuk” (rhymes with “nuke”). She is youngest of the Sully family.

Of the Metkayina Clan

BAILEY BASS: Tsireya (see-ray’-ah) “Reya” She is a graceful and strong free-diver – the young Neytiri of the ocean.

FILIP GELJO: Aonung (aw-nung’) Young male hunter/free-diver son the Olo’eyktan of Metkayina Clan.

DUANE EVANS JR.: Rotxo (row’-txoh) Young male hunter/free-diver of the Metkayina.

Former Hell’s Gate Adolescent

JACK CHAMPION: Javier “Spider” Socorro – A human teenager, born at Hell’s Gate but prefers his time in the Pandoran rainforest more than the asphalt of Hell’s Gate.

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L-R: Duane Evans Jr (Rotxo of the Metkayina Clan), Britain Dalton (Lo’ak of the Sully Family), Filip Geljo (Aonung of the Metkayina Clan), Trinity Bliss (Tuktirey of the Sully Family), Bailey Bass (Tsireya of the Metkayina Clan), Jack Champion (Javier “Spider” Socorro), and Jamie Flatters (Neteyam of the Sully Family, standing).

 

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L-R: Jack Champion (Javier “Spider” Socorro), Trinity Bliss (Tuktirey of the Sully Family), Bailey Bass (Tsireya of the Metkayina Clan), Jamie Flatters (Neteyam of the Sully Family), Britain Dalton (Lo’ak of the Sully Family), Filip Geljo (Aonung of the Metkayina Clan), and Duane Evans Jr (Rotxo of the Metkayina Clan).

 

The first of the AVATAR SEQUELS hits theaters everywhere December 18, 2020!

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THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD | Available on Digital HD 11/7 and on 4k Ultra HD, Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD 11/21

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The Hilarious Action-Comedy Starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson Arrives on Digital HD November 7 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-rayCombo Pack, and DVD November 21 from Lionsgate

Screen Shot 2017-09-26 at 10.55.10 AMLeading an all-star cast, Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool, The Proposal) and Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Marvel’s Cinematic Universe) take viewers on an outrageous action-packed, comedic adventure in The Hitman’s Bodyguard, arriving on Digital HD November 7 and 4K Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD), Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and On Demand November 21 from Lionsgate. When Michael Bryce, an elite bodyguard, and Darius Kincaid, a renowned hit man, are forced to work together, they don’t just have to avoid getting killed…they also have to avoid killing each other. The film, which was #1 at the summer box office three weeks in a row, also stars Oscar® nominees Gary Oldman (2011, Best Actor, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Salma Hayek (2002, Best Actress, Frida).

The world’s top protection agent (Reynolds) is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hit men (Jackson). The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for years, and are thrown together for a wildly outrageous 24 hours. During their raucous and hilarious adventure from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades, and a merciless Eastern European dictator (Oldman) who is out for blood. Hayek joins the mayhem as Jackson’s equally notorious wife.

Directed by Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3, Red Hill) and written by Tom O’Connor (Fire with Fire), The Hitman’s Bodyguard 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital HD features exclusive bonus content including outtakes; four featurettes; deleted, extended, and alternate scenes; and audio commentary with director Patrick Hughes. The DVD will include director commentary and a behind-the-scenes featurette.

The 4K Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.

4K ULTRA HD / BLU-RAY / DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Outtakes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extended Scenes
  • Alternate Scenes
  • The Hitman’s Bodyguard: A Love Story” Featurette
  • “Hitman vs. Bodyguard” Featurette
  • “Dangerous Women” Featurette
  • “Big Action in a Big World” Featurette
  • Director’s Commentary

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “Big Action in a Big World” Featurette
  • Director’s Commentary

 

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@Thisfunktional Talks With Peter Cullen, Frank Welker TRANSFORMERS THE LAST KNIGHT

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Voice Actors Peter Cullen and Frank Welker talk with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, about being the voices of the iconic Robots in Disguise Optimus Prime and Megatron in “Transformers: The Last Knight,” available on Blu-ray and DVD now.

Cullen and Welker discuss having one more movie in their contracts, the honor they feel having multiple generations adore the Transformer franchise and how their characters have evolved throughout the years.

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT
On Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 26


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@Thisfunktional Talks With Isabela Moner, Santiago Cabrearra TRANSFORMERS THE LAST KNIGHT

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Actors Isabela Moner and Santiago Cabrerra talk with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, about being a part of “Transformers: The Last Knight,” available now on Blu-ray and DVD now.

Moner and Cabrerra talk about being a part of the Transformers universe, working with the creative Michael Bay and about their most memorable moments from being part of this movie.

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT
On Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 26


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THE SHAPE OF WATER | New Red Band Trailer

1[1]On the heels of the success from the Venice Film Festival, Telluride, and Toronto International Film Festival, we bring you the latest trailer of Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming film, The Shape of Water. Del Toro won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for The Shape of Water, a Cold War romantic fairy tale that the director has called a portrait of hope, “an antidote to now.”

SYNOPSIS: From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER-another-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962.In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones.

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THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US | Idris Elba Reads His Own Fan Fiction and The Result is Amazing

It’s Man Crush Monday and today 20th Century Fox has released a new video of THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US #MCM star Idris Elba reading fan fiction… about himself! Brace yourself for what happens when our favorite man crush reads your fantasy aloud.

THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US, directed by Academy Award nominee Hany Abu-Assad stars Academy Award winner Kate Winslet and Golden Globe winner Idris Elba.

SYNOPSIS: Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness, pushing one another to endure and discovering strength they never knew possible. 

The film is directed by Academy Award nominee Hany Abu-Assad and stars Academy Award winner Kate Winslet and Golden Globe winner Idris Elba.

THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US hits theaters everywhere October 6, 2017! 

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MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE | First Trailer Released!

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Every maze has an end.

20th Century Fox has debuted the first trailer for MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE, the final installment of the trilogy from director Wes Ball. All questions are answered as Thomas and the remaining Gladers lead their final charge to save their friends and defeat WCKD in their most grueling maze yet on January 26, 2018!

SYNOPSIS: In the epic finale to the Maze Runner saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.

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