YOUTUBE ANNOUNCES “THE KEYS OF CHRISTMAS” HOLIDAY SPECIAL

YOUTUBE ANNOUNCES “THE KEYS OF CHRISTMAS” HOLIDAY SPECIAL


Special Features Mariah Carey, YouTube Comedy Star Rudy Mancuso and Performances by Alex Aiono, Boyce Avenue, Ciara, DJ Khaled, Fifth Harmony, Nicky Jam and More


Directed by World Renowned Music Director Dave Meyers

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YouTube today announced that it has ordered “The Keys of Christmas,” a holiday special starring global superstar Mariah Carey and YouTube musical sensation Rudy Mancuso that features original musical performances by many of the hottest acts around including Carey, Ciara, DJ Khaled and Fifth Harmony. “The Keys of Christmas” will debut on YouTube Red on December 19, 2016.

The star-studded ensemble cast will shepherd Mancuso on a magical adventure of the true meaning of Christmas. This seasonal tale, from Endemol Shine North America and its digital studio Endemol Shine Beyond USA and Just Entertainment Studios, will uncover what happens when you accidentally go off the grid on Christmas Eve with no phone and no way to function on this festive night.

World renowned and Grammy Award-winning music director Dave Meyers (Katy Perry’s “Firework,” Pink’s “Just Like Fire” and Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been”) will direct “The Keys of Christmas.” This special will also feature original musical performances by Alex Aiono, Boyce Avenue, Nicky Jam, Bebe Rexha and Gregory Brothers. Boxing legend Mike Tyson will make a special appearance, as he and the others join Mariah to show Rudy the true meaning of Christmas.

“Music is wildly popular on YouTube and we’re excited to bring together some of the biggest names in music alongside some of the biggest stars on YouTube. The musical icons and rising artists in ‘The Keys of Christmas’ bring this new holiday tale to life,” said Ben Relles, Head of Unscripted for YouTube Originals. “We are also thrilled to have YouTube comedy star Rudy Mancuso in his first leading role in a music special.”

“‘The Keys of Christmas’ is truly a modern take on the holiday variety special, bringing together traditional and digital natives in this very unique musical format for the YouTube audience,” said Bonnie Pan, President, Endemol Shine Beyond USA. “Dave Meyers, who has an amazing track record working with the top musical acts of our time, had a vision and was able to weave that into a fresh new format with the likes of Mariah Carey, Ciara, DJ Khaled, Fifth Harmony, Rudy Mancuso and many other incredible performers just in time for Christmas.”

“Nothing makes you believe in a Christmas miracle more than creating a show where over 20 super stars from Mariah Carey to DJ Khaled, Rudy Mancuso, Fifth Harmony and the champ himself, Mike Tyson, all come together,” said Justin Hochberg, CEO of Just Entertainment Studios. “Christmas is the global holiday, so launching this show with YouTube Red in the U.S. and so many other countries all on one magical night is the perfect partnership; and would make Santa proud.”

YouTube Red is a paid membership that gives you an enhanced, uninterrupted experience across YouTube, YouTube Music, and YouTube Gaming. Members also get exclusive access to new Original series and movies from top YouTube creators. YouTube Red is currently available in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico, with plans for additional international expansion next year.

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@Thisfunktional goes to Universal Studios Hollywood’s GRINCHMAS

(All photo by Jesus Figueroa)

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

The holiday season is in full swing at Universal Studios Hollywood’s GRINCHMAS celebration with the park decorated in festive holiday decorations.

From the red carpet at the front gate having a nice Grinch green boarder and fancy decorated Christmas trees around the carpet, to the lights and other decorations hanging, the atmosphere is of joy and celebration.

Whoville has come to the center of Universal studios with a giant tree with a stage where a show hosted by Cindy Lou Who.

Along with a show visitors get an opportunity to take a picture with Max the dog and his single antler, have a social media post opportunity with the Grinch’s sleigh and interact with other who-villians.

After story time with Cindy Lou Who, the Studio Tour tram leads from King kong 3-D, to the Fast and the Furious 3-D experience and over to a special Grinchmas performance at Whoville set.

The special performance contains an appearance by the mean green Grinch.

“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” with some who-villians.

When the grinch joins in, the festivities become more exciting.

Make sure to get a seat in the second or third section of the tram as the first section really can’t see much of the performance.

It’s a short performance, but kids are sure to get a good treat with it.

The holidays get everyone in the spirit and ever the Despicable Me; Minion Mayhem house has gotten some small changes.

On the outside theres a Christmas Reef and the minions are wearing Santa Claus hats.

Christmas Trees and holiday decorations are set at the entrance of the virtual ride.

The streets have some decorations, but the most noticeable change is just that most of the minions are wearing Santa Claus hats.

Its great to see the children get excited to see the minions’ new look.

It’s a small change, but the festive spirit is enough to be joyful for kids.

On the other side of the park, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has warm Butterbeer for the cooling temperature in Los Angeles.

It’s a sweet, maybe a bit too sweet, drink which has no alcohol so even kids can enjoy a warm cup of Butterbeer. There’s also a slush and the regular Butterbeer available.

Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood isn’t the only holiday treat, Universal CityWalk is also decorated and has CityWalk Holidays celebration going on.

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

Santa Claus will make nightly appearances and have special photo opportunities at the 5 Towers.

The iconic, dancing water fountain at the heart of CityWalk also will make a splash this holiday season.

This modern and impressive fountain displaying more than 230 individual power jets projects streams of choreographed water into the air complemented by red and green LED lights and with 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. Admission to Universal CityWalk is free.

CityWalk has free concerts and special appearances by Santa Claus.

Grinchmas runs weekends on Dec. 3-4 and 10-11, and daily from December 16 through January 1, 2017.

More information is available at UniversalStudiosHollywood.com.

Day 3: The Holidays According to Kristin

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Hey everyone!

So Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I’m sure we’re all preparing to stuff our faces! Some of us might even be prepping our Black Friday shopping extravaganza!

My Thanksgiving traditions have changed a bit over the years because we’ve had some losses in the family, but there are still little things we can do to start new ones, right?

About a year ago my brother sent me a text with a recipe for a dessert that looked absolutely delicious. It’s like a pumpkin/pudding/cool whip pan of Heaven! We all loved it so much, I decided to make it for my office at Halloween. Let’s just say…don’t make it for your office potlucks if you don’t want it being requested every single time! haha.

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This is one dessert I’ve enjoyed making with my niece because there are four layers to it, and she loves being able to say she helped contribute to the awesomeness.

So here is the link to Lil’ Luna’s Pumpkin Delight Dessert. Try it out and let me know if you love it as much as we do! Also, let me know what your favorite Thanksgiving dishes are!

From my family to yours…have a VERY Happy Thanksgiving!  🙂

NBC4 Presents The Wishing Tree at Universal CityWalk and Grants Holiday Wishes Live On-Air from December 12-16

Viewers and Visitors May Make Wishes Beginning November 21

Universal CityWalk and NBC4 Southern California announced the second annual The Wishing Tree, inviting viewers to pay it forward by making a wish for someone deserving.

Beginning Nov. 21 through Dec. 15, viewers are encouraged to submit wishes for friends and family at NBCLA.com/wishingtree.

Guests are also invited to share their wishes in person at Universal CityWalk’s holiday-themed “5 Towers” plaza.

Every night from Dec. 12-16, NBC4 will grant the wishes live from Universal CityWalk during the NBC4 News starting at 4 p.m. with Weathercaster Fritz Coleman.

For the next four weeks, viewers are encouraged to make wishes for others who are important in their lives.

Everyone is welcome to join NBC4 and be part of the live wish reveals at the “5 Towers” plaza on Universal CityWalk.

Those visiting The Wishing Tree are encouraged to post photos and videos on social media using #NBC4You.

Updates and a schedule of the Holidays at Universal CityWalk can be found at CityWalkHollywood.com as well as on CityWalk’s Facebook- Universal CityWalk Hollywood, Twitter and Instagram @CityWalkLA.

Viewers can tune in to NBC4’s Today in LA at 4:30 to 7 a.m. and NBC4 News at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., and follow @NBCLA on social media for daily highlights.

In addition to The Wishing Tree, Universal CityWalk celebrates the spirit of the season, beginning the day after Thanksgiving on Nov. 25 through Jan. 1, 2017.

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.” Admission to Universal CityWalk is free.

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Day 2: The Holidays According to Kristin

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Hey there, holiday shoppers!

I know we’re getting down to business with holiday shopping (or procrastinating until the last minute), and you might be running out of ideas. Don’t fret! I’m here to help!

I’m the type who loves to find unusual/awesome gifts that you can’t find just anywhere. I also have a fickle 12-year-old niece who likes odd gifts that no one else has. We’re raising a trendsetter here! So this year, I found a few things for her at Urban Outfitters.

Whether you’re interested in quirky rose gold cat ear headphones, MEOW stemless wine glasses, white marble LuMee phone cases, guitar pick makers, record players, 3Doodler Pen Gift sets, etc. you might have some luck here. The best part is that the gifts here are reasonably priced!

The link I provided above will take you to the Gift page, where you can choose whether you’re buying for Him or Her, but Urban Outfitters has everything from Clothing to Beauty to Tech Gifts and Home Decor.

If you’re looking for something a bit different, try them out and let me know what you think! Happy shopping!

 

Day 1: The Holidays According to Kristin

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Hey everyone!

So my classes are finally settling down and I really wanted to concentrate more on original content. What better way than to include exciting holiday information?! For the next month, I’ll list some of my favorite gift ideas and some of my favorite holiday moments and traditions over the years.

My hope is that my readers will comment their thoughts, feelings, and even some of their favorite holiday moments and traditions. Talk to me! I want to know what the holidays are like for you and your family. Even if they’re rough this year. As some of you might know, my father passed away unexpectedly last year, so the holidays could be bitter sweet at times. So even if you just need to vent or feel like someone understands what you might be going through, you can count on me.

With that being said, I want to start out by sharing three of my favorite holiday songs right now. My dad was one of those people who would listen to Christmas music NON-STOP after Halloween, and it seriously drove me nuts! I just never understood how many times he could hear ‘Frosty the Snowman’ or ‘Winter Wonderland’ without wanting to quit Christmas altogether. Thankfully, one of my favorite artists right now, Pentatonix, has two Christmas albums that have been released over the last two years and they’re full of updated, fresh holiday music. Their talent is off the scales and they can really put you in that holiday spirit.

 

 

 

Here are the links to their Christmas albums on iTunes. Check them out, and let me know if you have any favorites! You can also find the top two albums below on Vinyl, which would be an amazing Christmas gift!

Pentatonix: That’s Christmas to Me

Pentatonix: A Pentatonix Christmas

Pentatonix: PTXmas (Deluxe Edition)

 

You can also visit their official pages here:

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Website | Youtube | Spotify

Universal Studios Hollywood Rings in the Holiday Season with GRINCHMAS, Merry Mischievous Minions and Delicious, All-New Hot Butterbeer, as Universal CityWalk Decks the Hall with Free Concerts and Special Appearances by Saint Nick

Theme Park’s New California Neighbor Pass
Adds Christmas Cheer as Perfect Stocking Stuffers


It’s the most wonderful time of the year at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM as Universal Studios Hollywood™ and Universal CityWalk® deck the halls for a wintry calendar of cool holiday activities and scrumptious treats that families and friends far and wide can enjoy.

A grinchy-green “Grinchmas™” returns to Universal Studios Hollywood with a Who-lebration fit for The Grinch, his faithful dog Max and a roster of Who-ville Whos.

Holiday whimsy also will permeate throughout “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and the adjoining “Super Silly Fun Land” as a crew of very merry mischievous Minions spread Christmas cheer to visitors of all ages.

Delectable hot Butterbeer™ will complement the menu at Three Broomsticks™ and Hog’s Head pub when “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” at Universal Studios Hollywood debuts this newest addition of the favorite beverage to its offerings of scrumptious fare.

Like its traditional and frozen counterparts, hot Butterbeer is reminiscent of butterscotch and shortbread that’s been perfectly fine-tuned as a Hogsmeade holiday treat.

Universal Plaza, the elaborate grand piazza at the heart of the theme park, will once againserve as the backdrop for the “Grinchmas” event where the towering 60 foot tall whimsical “Grinchmas” tree will beautifully twist and spiral as the ideal photo opp for guests. “Grinchmas” runs weekends on Dec. 3-4 and 10-11, and daily from Dec. 16 through Jan. 1, 2017.

As part of the fab-Who-lous event, Martha May Who-vier and the Who Dolls will take center stage by the “Grinchmas” tree, 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.

The spirited “Grinchmas” event will also capture guests’ imagination with a variety of inspiring activities designed to create long lasting memories. These include:

  • Who-ville Post Office – Visitors will have a chance to partake in the “Grow Your Heart 3 Sizes” campaign when they share their good deeds on a postcard and mail them to The Grinch. In return, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. and Random House Children’s Books, the publishers of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, will pay it forward by donating a book to a child in need through First Book on behalf of the sender.
  • Trim up the Tree Lot – Guests can design and personalize their own “Grinchmas” ornaments to help decorate the venue’s other “Grinchmas” trees or take them home as a memorable keepsake.
  • Story Time with Cindy-Lou Who – Cindy-Lou Who and her Who friends will gather guests of all ages – tall and small – for an engaging storytelling show of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

The spirit of “Grinchmas” also will come to life aboard the world-famous behind-the-scenes Studio Tour with engaging performances by unforgettable Who-ville Whos re-enacting popular scenes and songs from the family favorite at the original film sets from the blockbuster film, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

The holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood are included in the price of theme park admission. More information is available at UniversalStudiosHollywood.com.

The spirit of the season continues with a wintertime transformation of Universal CityWalk, beginning the day after Thanksgiving on Nov. 25 through Jan. 1, 2017.

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 also will make a splash this holiday season.

This modern and impressive fountain displaying over 230 individual power jets will project streams of choreographed water into the air complemented 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.

Admission to Universal CityWalk is free.

To learn more about Universal Studios Hollywood and the various Annual Pass options, including the new California Neighbor Pass, please visit UniversalStudiosHollywood.com/tickets. Additional information is available at UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

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