Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Ride Debuts!

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The spotlight shines brightly on Universal Studios Hollywood as the world-class destination celebrates a milestone 50th anniversary with the much-anticipated opening of the “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” thrill ride, “Springfield,” an-all new immersive experience surrounding “The Simpsons Ride,” and a “Nighttime Studio Tour” as part of the theme park’s pioneering epic transformation.

This monumental undertaking—the most ambitious in the theme park’s storied 50-year history—will radically alter and reimagine its familiar footprint as The Entertainment Capital of L.A. sets its sights on the next 50 years.

From its humble beginnings five decades ago, Universal Studios Hollywood has emerged as one of the most progressive and exciting theme park experiences anywhere, while remaining true to its roots of immersing guests in the awe-inspiring world of movie-making magic.

Since its inception, Universal Studios has lifted the veil on Hollywood’s most illustrious industry, placing guests at the heart of favorite movies and television shows. It continues to be at the forefront of innovation, imagination and inspiration, working in collaboration with some of the most influential filmmakers in the business and the greatest minds in entertainment—Steven Spielberg, Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, Peter Jackson, Michael Bay and Chris Meledandri—to create intriguing rides and attractions.

“For 50 years, Universal Studios Hollywood has given guests unprecedented access to the world’s most alluring business by inviting them to peek behind the velvet curtain and become part of the exciting movie-making process,” said Larry Kurzweil, President of Universal Studios Hollywood. “We are reimagining over 75 percent of our destination as we build upon our incredible success and expand our vision for the future, and we look forward to entertaining and inspiring guests for generations to come with what will ultimately be an entirely new theme park experience.”

The “Glamour Trams” of yesteryear that gave way to today’s world-famous Studio Tour is undergoing a top to bottom makeover to coincide with the 50th anniversary, and by 2016, will roll out a fleet of new, contemporary trams, including the installation of ultra-comfy cushioned seats.  A modern exterior and sleek logo design will contribute to the updated aesthetics of these iconic trams, while a new Art Deco-themed Studio Tour entry portal, located within the theme park, will greet guests.

Offered in multiple languages, including Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish and English and led by expert guides, the acclaimed Studio Tour remains a hallmark Universal Studios Hollywood attraction bringing millions of guests through an authentic movie and television studio and into its elusive world motivated by three compelling words:  lights, camera, action.

The action, however, is only getting started.

This summer, high-octane excitement will race onto the scene when Universal Studios Hollywood introduces “Fast & Furious—Supercharged,” a pulse-pounding, adrenaline-fueled thrill ride as the new grand finale to the world-famous Studio Tour.

This gripping, technologically-advanced ride, inspired by Universal Pictures’ most successful film franchise of all time and featuring the film’s original cast members, will propel guests into the high-stakes underground world of fast cars and daring escapades traveling at accelerated speeds of up to 120 miles per hour. Situated within a newly constructed 65,000 square foot building on the legendary backlot, the high speed, 3D-HD ride will reunite stars from the Fast & Furious series—Vin Diesel (Dominic “Dom” Toretto), Dwayne Johnson (Luke Hobbs), Michelle Rodriguez (Letty Ortiz), Tyrese Gibson (Roman Pearce) and Luke Evans (Owen Shaw)—in a revolutionary mega-attraction, conceived as a new installment to the dynamic film series that can only be experienced at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.

The layout of the park will become unrecognizable when “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite family, The Simpsons, breathes new life to the sprawling and vibrant space surrounding “The Simpsons Ride.”  “Springfield” is designed to capture the spirit of the animated town and engage visitors and fans of the show in the intensely absorbing and colorful world made famous throughout the series’ record-setting 26 seasons.

Guests visiting “Springfield” will have the pleasant sensation of being hurled through their television sets and into the accurately depicted town, complete with signature eateries such as Krusty Burger, Cletus’ Chicken Shack, Luigi’s Pizza and Phineas Q. Butterfat’s Ice Cream Parlor, along with Homer’s favorite hangouts, Lard Lad Donuts, Moe’s Tavern and Duff Brewery.

Universal’s slate of new 2015 attractions will entertain from sunup to sundown when the theme park broadens the scope of its popular Studio Tour with the introduction of a “Nighttime Studio Tour,” designed to enlighten guests on the art of moonlight movie-making.

Under a blanket of stars, over 20 locations along the famed Studio Tour route will showcase an array of luminous onset lighting and special effects used in nighttime production. Theatrical lighting will cast a glow on iconic backlot sets as Studio Tour guides shed light on Hollywood secrets and tricks of the world’s most glamorous trade, including how filmmakers create the effect of daylight amid the black of night.  Celebrated stars who found fame on Universal’s backlot will also make cameo appearances on the “Nighttime Studio Tour,” including Marilyn Monroe, Norman Bates and Frankenstein.  The “Nighttime Studio Tour” will run every weekend throughout the summer from July 4th through Labor Day.

The excitement that these new rides, attractions and themed immersive lands will bring to guests is only a prelude to the highly-anticipated arrival of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” in 2016.

In the spirit of the popular social media trend, Throwback Thursdays (#TBT), Universal Studios Hollywood’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram will pay tribute to its legacy with a collection of nostalgic photos. Join the conversation and share Universal Studios Hollywood memories using #UniStudios50th and @UniStudios.

Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM, includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue.  World-class rides and attractions include the incredibly popular 3D Ultra-HD adventure, “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and immersive “Super Silly Fun Land,” the critically-acclaimed mega-attraction, “Transformers™:  The Ride-3D,” the intense, award-winning ride, “King Kong 360 3-D” on the behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, “Revenge of the MummySM—The Ride” and “Jurassic Park® —The Ride.” As part of its milestone 50th anniversary celebration in 2015, Universal Studios Hollywood will debut a slate of dynamic new attractions, including the electrifying 3D-HD thrill ride, “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” as the grand finale to the famed Studio Tour, “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM” and the “Nighttime Studio Tour,” offering evening tours of the iconic movie backlot.

PHOTOS: Benjamin Stockham & Jacob Hopkins At Charlie +The Chocolate Factory 50th Anniversary Party!

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Actors Jacob Hopkins and Benjamin Stockham attended Dylan’s Candy Bar and Milk + Bookies Partner for The LA Launch of the 50th anniversary Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Capsule Collection at The Grove on Saturday, January 24th in Los Angeles, California.

Check out more pics below!


Actors Jacob Hopkins and Benjamin Stockham attend Dylan's Candy Bar and Milk + Bookies Partner for The LA Launch of the 50th anniversary Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Capsule Collection at The Grove on January 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Actors Jacob Hopkins and Benjamin Stockham attend Dylan's Candy Bar and Milk + Bookies Partner for The LA Launch of the 50th anniversary Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Capsule Collection at The Grove on January 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Actors Jacob Hopkins and Benjamin Stockham attend Dylan's Candy Bar and Milk + Bookies Partner for The LA Launch of the 50th anniversary Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Capsule Collection at The Grove on January 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.



Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Arrives On A Collector’s Edition DVD & Blu-ray On Nov. 4

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One foggy Christmas in 1964, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer flew straight into the hearts of millions of Americans for whom watching RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER became an indispensable part of the holiday season.

Fifty years later, children of all ages can celebrate the magic of RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER with a brand-new 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition DVD and Blu-ray, available Nov. 4.  The 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition adds an unforgettable glow to the iconic music, beloved characters and heartwarming story of Rudolph’s historic Christmas Eve ride and the mystical Island of Misfit Toys.

No holiday season is complete without a family viewing of RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, and with the golden-packaged 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition DVD and Blu-ray, sharing the tradition of watching RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER with new generations of fans is more fun and memorable than ever.  Newly produced bonus features teach fans how to draw Rudolph, Hermey and Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster; present video sing-alongs of the musical holiday favorites Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Holly Jolly Christmas; and offer a video version of a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer pop-up book.

The 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition DVD and Blu-ray of RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER also includes “Rudolph Unwrapped,” a fascinating interactive section that highlights 50 little-known facts about the creation of the holiday special.  Viewers will discover the surprising identity of the talented artist behind the voice of Rudolph, uncover the secret of Sam the Snowman’s pocket watch,  and learn how reactions to the original 1964 TV audience for the special led to the version children of all ages have watched and loved for decades.

Based on the Christmas song of the same name by Johnny Marks and a story by Robert L. May, RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER was produced by Rankin/Bass in a revolutionary animation style they called “Animagic.”  The stylized stop-motion animation brings to life the adventure of Rudolph and his very shiny nose.  Although all of the other reindeer laugh and call him names, little do they know that Rudolph and fellow outcasts Hermey and Yukon Cornelius will soon come face to face with the Abominable Snow Monster, journey to the Island of Misfit Toys – and find their way back home just in time to help Santa save Christmas.

The 2014 celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the first broadcast of RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER – the longest-running and highest-rated holiday special of all time – also includes a major tie-in with the U.S. Postal Service, tribute promos from CBS, new products and programs across all retail channels, a national roll-out of the new stage show, theme park and in-mall entertainment, a Carnegie Hall concert tribute and a social-media campaign that celebrates uniqueness in association with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.


Watch Billy Ray Cyrus Sing “Hey Jude” At Beatles Event


Billy Ray Cyrus paid tribute to The Beatles at a 3-day event at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The tribute was for the legendary rock band’s 50th anniversary of their first appearance in L.A.

Billy sang a cover of The Beatles hit song “Hey Jude” Check it out below!

TI Review: Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Edition

Mary Poppins 50 BD artTI was given the opportunity to review Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray/DVD. This is the first time that this timeless Disney classic has been on Blu-ray and we have to say that it was even better than we remembered from years ago. Blu-ray has given Mary Poppins new life.

This took the owner of TI back in time when he first saw the musical movie about a magical nanny named Mary Poppins  played by Julie Andrews coming to work for a cold banker’s unhappy family in London and bringing joy along with her friend Bert played by the incredible Dick Van Dyke. Everyone should enjoy the storyline as well as the musical numbers with classics such as “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Chim Chim Cheree”

We don’t know of anyone that has not seen this film but if you haven’t then you need to pick up your copy of Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Edition. We give this film a 5 out of 5 stars because it is just so fun to watch.

You can pick up your copy today at your local or online retailers and relive the magical world of Disney with your entire family

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