Mayor Garcetti and Entertainment Industry Leaders Launch ‘LA Collab’ Initiative To Increase Latinx Representation in Hollywood

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First-of-its-kind effort will work to open doors to Latino creatives in
television, film, and digital media

Mayor Eric Garcetti has launched LA Collab, an unprecedented effort to connect Latinx talent, executives, and creators to opportunities in the entertainment industry — and double Latino representation in Hollywood by 2030.

“Latinos are a powerful force in L.A.’s culture and economy, and our trademark industry should tap into the diverse pool of talent in our own backyard,” said Mayor Garcetti. “On big screens or small, in front of the camera or behind it, our studios, actors, directors, and producers inspire the world with the power of their creativity and imagination — and LA Collab will elevate new voices and empower the next generation of Latinx creatives.”

According to a report by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Latinos represent nearly 25% of the box office. Yet a recent study by USC Annenberg showed that Latino representation has been stagnant over the past dozen years, averaging roughly 3% of all leads and co-leads in motion pictures.

In 2020, LA Collab will focus on reversing this trend by helping Latinx talent develop their skill sets and promoting collaborations with Latinx creators and top producers, filmmakers, buyers, showrunners, and industry allies.

Mayor Garcetti co-founded LA Collab alongside Beatriz Acevedo, founder of mitú and president of Acevedo Foundation, and Ivette Rodriguez, president of AEM. Together, they kicked off the initiative with support from more than 50 leaders and organizations, including Eva Longoria, J.J. Abrams, Eli Roth, DeVon Franklin, Jason Blum, and Zoe Saldana. Initial funders include the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, Annenberg Foundation, WarnerMedia, and Endeavor Content.

“The near invisibility of Latinos in Hollywood was the catalyst to rally Hollywood behind this crisis to create change together,” said Beatriz Acevedo, co-founder of LA Collab. “By facilitating unprecedented collaborations between the creative community, studios, buyers and other influential allies, LA Collab will ultimately drive exponential growth for the industry and our community.”

“As a Latina, I want to see more actors who look like me onscreen and behind the camera,” said actor, director, and producer Eva Longoria. “I started my own production company to create content from our community, and I became a director/producer to be in a position to hire people who look like me. With LA Collab, I want to open the door for many more Latinx creators and fuel the emergence of a better entertainment industry that elevates and celebrates the diversity and richness of my culture.”

Several other entertainment leaders from the founding coalition are supporting LA Collab’s mission by providing access and hands-on experience to emerging Latinx creative talent, including Eli Roth, who will support Latinx horror filmmakers via his digital platform, Crypt TV; and Lionsgate’s Pantelion Films and Pantaya, which will actively search for new bilingual voices for their scripted OTT and studio projects.

LA Collab has also secured the following deals for the Latinx creative community:

A finance development deal for a feature script with Endeavor Content
A scripted proof of concept deal with WarnerMedia’s 150
A development deal for a documentary with Shine Global
A podcast development/pilot deal with Southern California Public Radio’s LAist Studios
A blind digital pilot deal with pocket.watch

LA Collab has partnered with The Latino Donor Collaborative (LDC) to complete a report summarizing the group’s achievements over the course of its first year, and track the progress of Latino representation with the development of a first-of-its-kind Database of Latino Working Talent in Hollywood as a master tool for LA Collab’s success.

The LA Collab advisory committee will serve to support and amplify the initiative’s mission and projects. Members include:

  • Axel Caballero, WarnerMedia, VP, Talent Incubation and Artistic and Cultural Innovations
  • Deputy Mayor William Chun, Mayor’s Office of Economic Development
  • DeVon Franklin, Franklin Entertainment, President and CEO
  • Alexis Garcia, Endeavor Content, Partner
  • Ruben Garcia, Creative Artists Agency, Executive
  • Lorenza Munoz, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Managing Director of Member Relations and Awards
  • Marlis Pujol, Producer
  • Genna Terranova, Amazon Studios, Head of Programming and Audience Development
  • Mary Vernieu, Betty Mae Casting, President

Other LA Collab supporters include:

  • Blumhouse Productions
  • Bad Robot
  • FREE THE WORK
  • Hello Sunshine
  • Hispanic Heritage Foundation
  • National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP)
  • National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC)
  • Sundance Institute
  • United Talent Agency
  • Women in Film

For more information on LA Collab and a full list of partners, please visit lacollab.org.

About Evolve Entertainment:

LA Collab builds on Mayor Garcetti’s Evolve Entertainment Fund, a trailblazing effort led by the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development to create opportunities for young Angelenos that have been historically excluded from the entertainment industry. In partnership with more than 100 entertainment companies and 23 community pipeline organizations, Evolve opens up professional pathways into film, television, music, and digital media by connecting Angelenos to paid internships and full-time positions, matching youth with industry mentors, and hosting panels, workshops, and events focused on professional development and education. Since its launch in 2018, Evolve has placed students into 364 paid internships and 33 full-time positions, and linked over 80 students with mentors.

 

 

Universal Studios Hollywood jump starts HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS on September 12

 

Offering Guests an Exclusive First Look Preview Before It Officially Opens on Friday, September 13

Click Here to Purchase Fan Preview Night and Event Night Tickets

Universal Studios Hollywood offers fans an exclusive first look at “Halloween Horror Nights,” inviting them to experience L.A.’s scariest and most intense Halloween event on September 12, one day before it officially opens on September 13.

Top headlines for this first-ever “Halloween Horror Nights” Fan Preview include a chance to be among the first to explore this year’s 10 terrifying new mazes, bragging rights to be among the first to post on social media, special themed photo ops with scare-actors, DJ music performances, plus receive a special commemorative credential, in addition to possibly seeing favorite celebrities attending the event’s red carpet premiere which takes place that same evening. 

A limited number of must-have tickets will be sold for the Fan Preview Night, adding to its exclusivity.

Preview night tickets along with select tickets to “Halloween Horror Nights” are available for purchase here.

Advance purchase is recommended as tickets for all nights will sell out.

More information is available at Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

Dates for “Halloween Horror Nights” are: September 13-15, 19-22, 26-29, October 3-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27, 31, and November 1-3, 2019.

The following highlight the various ticket options currently available for purchase:

  • Fan Preview Night General Admission ticket
  • Fan Preview Night Universal Express ticket: includes bonus experiences such as access to all-new horror-themed panel presentation and express access to all mazes and the Jabbawockeez show
  • Fan Preview Night + Frequent Fear Pass: enjoy Fan Preview Night plus up to 25 select nights
  • Ultimate Fear Pass: enjoy up to 32 nights of scares, including a ticket to Fan Preview Night 
  • Frequent Fear Pass: visit up to 25 select nights
  • September Pass:​ visit up to 11 event nights throughout the month of September

Additional tickets will be available soon, including the premium R.I.P. Tour, the After 2 p.m. Day/Night Combo Ticket and the must-have Universal Express.

“Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror inspired by TV and film’s most compelling horror properties. 

Following is a partial list of this year’s wicked line-up, with more maze news to be announced soon: 

  • “Stranger Things,” based on season 2 and 3 of Netflix’s critically-acclaimed supernatural thriller 
  • “Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man,” inspired by Universal’s original cinematic monsters, and the movie studio that invented the horror film genre. 
  • “Holidayz in Hell,” an all-original maze featuring demented versions of everyone’s favorite seasonal celebrations
  • “The Walking Dead,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s permanent attraction inspired by AMC’s popular television series
  • The Jabbawockeez award-winning hip hop dance crew returns by popular demand with an all-new, high-energy performance created exclusively for “Halloween Horror Nights”

For exciting updates and exclusive “Halloween Horror Nights” content, visit Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com, like Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood on Facebook; follow @HorrorNights #UniversalHHN on InstagramTwitter and Snapchat; and watch the terror come to life on Halloween Horror Nights YouTube.

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. Attractions 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™”, and the highly-anticipated Summer opening of “Jurassic World—The Ride.” 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 Ride™” and DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda Adventure.” 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 production studio where they can also experience such thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D.” 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.

Hammer Museum Hosts Lionsgate / Pantelion Films’ PERFECT STRANGERS L.A Special Screening

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HAMMER MUSEUM HOSTS SPECIAL SCREENING FOR PANTELION FILMS’ PERFECTOS DESCONOCIDOS (PERFECT STRANGERS) 

The film opens in the U.S. on January 11th in select theaters

The Hammer Museum hosted a special screening of “Perfectos Desconocidos” (Perfect Strangers) last night in Los Angeles. Attendees from the cast included Manolo Caro, Bruno Bichir and Manuel Garcia Rulfo and special guests included Sofia Vergara, Manolo Vergara, Eiza Gonzalez and Demian Bichir. 

SYNOPSIS: From Mexican auteur Manolo Caro (THE HOUSE OF FLOWERS) comes PERFECT STRANGERS (PERFECTOS DESCONOCIDOS), the electrifying story about a seemingly simple dinner. When a group of best friends get together during a lunar eclipse to share an intimate dinner in the tasteful house of Eva (Cecilia Suarez) and Antonio (Bruno Bichir), they suspect it’s just another typical night until the hostess proposes a game. All guests must lay their cell phones on the table and read aloud all incoming messages and answer all incoming phone calls in front of the entire group. What begins as a provocative party game quickly becomes a wild ride full of twists and “textual tension” in this electrifying over the top comedy about the secrets we all carry in our pockets.

“Perfectos Desconocidos” (Perfect Strangers)
opens in limited release this Friday, January 11th

PERFECT STRANGERS | Official Channels

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | #PerfectosDesconocidos #PerfectStrangers

MGM Releases the Official Poster & Film Stills For FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY

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Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures presents

In association with Film4 and The Ink Factory
A WWE Studios, Seven Bucks Productions, Misher Films Production
the FIRST OFFICIAL POSTER and FILM STILLS for FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY.

From writer and director Stephen Merchant,
FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY stars Florence Pugh, Lena Headey, Nick Frost, Jack Lowden, with Vince Vaughn and Dwayne Johnson

 FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY opens in Los Angeles and New York
on February 14, 2019 and everywhere on February 22, 2019

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SYNOPSIS: FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY is a heartwarming comedy based on the incredible true story of WWE Superstar Paige™. Born into a tight-knit wrestling family, Paige and her brother Zak are ecstatic when they get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try out for WWE. But when only Paige earns a spot in the competitive training program, she must leave her family and face this new, cut-throat world alone. Paige’s journey pushes her to dig deep, fight for her family, and ultimately prove to the world that what makes her different is the very thing that can make her a star.

FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY | Official Channels

Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | #FightingWithMyFamily

 

Hollywood + Bollywood Stars Walk the Red Carpet at the MOWGLI: LEGEND OF THE JUNGLE World Premiere In Mumbai

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A-LIST HOLLYWOOD AND BOLLYWOOD STARS WALK THE RED CARPET AT THE MOWGLI: LEGEND OF THE JUNGLE WORLD PREMIERE IN MUMBAI

Netflix holds India’s first-ever world premiere for a major Hollywood release

Mumbai hosted its first-ever global premiere for a major Hollywood film this week, as Netflix showcased Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle to an exclusive audience.

Director and actor Andy Serkis walked the red carpet with his fellow cast mates Christian Bale, Freida Pinto, Rohan Chand and Louis Ashbourne Serkis.

Anil Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit Nene and Kareena Kapoor Khan, who bring the much-loved characters to life in Hindi, also joined their international
cast mates at the premiere.

The Mumbai event marked the beginning of the Mowgli global tour, with screenings taking place in London and Los Angeles, before the movie premieres globally to Netflix members on December 7, 2018.

About MOWGLI: LEGEND OF THE JUNGLE
Acclaimed actor and director Andy Serkis reinvents Rudyard Kipling’s beloved masterpiece, in which a boy torn between two worlds accepts his destiny and becomes a legend. Mowgli (Rohan Chand) has never truly belonged in either the wilds of the jungle or the civilized world of man. Now he must navigate the inherent dangers of each on a journey to discover where he truly belongs. Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, Rohan Chand, Matthew Rhys and Naomie Harris lead an all-star cast in this visually spectacular and emotionally moving adventure.

 

TIGER | Official Trailer Released!

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Winner of San Diego International Film Festival’s Best Feature Film, TIGER, to release in NY & LA November 30th.

SYNOPSIS: Tiger is inspired by the true story of Pardeep Nagra, a practicing Sikh man who was banned from the sport of boxing due to his religious beliefs. Tiger follows Pardeep’s journey as he, with the support of his coach and mentor (Mickey Rourke), does what any strong American would do, fight back! The backlash is a result of racial profiling, stereotypical threats, and the daily pressure to change, even from his loved ones who are caught in the midst of the cross fire. Consequently, his legacy will be forever tied to his two biggest battles; one in the courtroom, the other in the ring.

The film stars Mickey Rourke, Janel Parrish, Prem Singh and Michael Pugliese.

TIGER opens in select theaters on November 30, 2018

 

TIGER | Official Channels

IMDB | Facebook | Instagram | Website | #TigerMovie

ESCAPE THE FATE Spread Global Message of Self-Love With New ‘I Am Human’ Video

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RELEASE NEW VIDEO
‘I AM HUMAN’
WATCH HERE

ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP WITH CINEBODY FOR FAN-MADE MUSIC VIDEO

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH SLAVES (U.S.) 
THIS AUTUMN
TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Escape The Fate have released their latest music video, ‘I Am Human’. Directed by Robyn August and shot in Los Angeles, the video strives to send a poignant, global message of self-love and acceptance of others as it showcases stories from all walks of life.

“This video and song mean a lot to me. Having gone through abuse myself and suffering from mental health issues, I want people to know that you can come out stronger and by being more accepting of one another, we can do that together.” Frontman Craig Mabbitt explains, “We all have a story to tell. We can all try harder to live our lives from a place of love and understanding. We all have these abilities because we are all human. ‘I Am Human’ is my testament to that.”

Throughout the next month Escape The Fate will also be utilizing the crowdsourcing content app Cinebody to create with their fans around the world and share their stories of what makes us all human.

Inspired by the band’s new single and official video, fans now have the opportunity to participate in the creation of the ‘I Am Human 2’ video, by using the app to upload their stories about what makes them human. Video submissions will be accepted until October 15th, with prizes along the way for the outstanding video of the week, leading up to the release of the fan filmed music video.

Joining is easy. Simply:
1. Download Cinebody on the App Store
2. Sign up with Email or Facebook
3. Enter code ‘human’
4. Start filming

Android user? No problem!
1. Visit Pro.cinebody.com
2. Sign up with Email or Facebook
3. Enter code ‘human’
4. Upload from your camera roll

Escape the Fate will embark on a North American co-headline tour with California post-hardcore outfit Slaves, featuring support from Famous Last Words, Picturesque, and Set to StunFor tickets, VIP packages and more information, visit www.escapethefate.com

The new album I Am Human is out now via Better Noise Records and is available to stream here – http://smarturl.it/etfiamhuman

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