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.

TRAILER: AwesomenessTV’s ‘Expelled’ Film Debuts Globally On Netflix February 1st!

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Following its successful release across theatrical and multiple digital platforms, AwesomenessTV’s action-packed comedy film Expelled will make its global debut on Netflix February 1. The feature length film stars Cameron Dallas and a roll call of social media stars including Andrea RussettLia Marie JohnsonMarcus JohnsMichelle GlavanTeala Dunn, and True Jackson, VP actor Matt Shively.

Dallas plays Felix, a legendary prankster who seems to always charm his way out of trouble. However, after his third strike at school, the principal has had enough and expels him. Never defeated, Felix resorts to his infamous ways and devises a plan with his brother (Johns), best friend (Shively), new friend (Johnson) and classmate (Russett) to convince his parents he’s a stellar student.

Expelled is written, produced, and directed by Alex Goyette. Executive producers are Brett Bouttier (The Smosh Movie), Joe Davola (One Tree Hill, Smallville, MTV Networks), Scott Levine, Steven Spiegel and Alan Spiegel. Brian Robbins (Wild HogsCoach CarterVarsity Blues), Shauna Phelan (The Smosh MovieTerry The Tomboy) are producers.

AwesomenessTV partnered with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment to make Expelled available on Digital HD across all Digital stores including Amazon Instant Video, Comcast, Google Play, iTunes, Target Ticket and VUDU and worked with digital platform VHX to power the direct to consumer release on ExpelledMovie.com.

Expelled is rated PG-13! Check out the official trailer for the hit film below if you haven’t already!

 

Ella Henderson Set To Perform On ‘LIVE With Kelly & Michael’ TOMORROW!

Ella HendersonEither set your DVRs or be ready for an awesome morning performance! The X Factor finalist, Ella Henderson, is set to make a debut appearance on LIVE With Kelly & Michael! She will be performing her hit single “Ghost” for a live audience!

So tune into ABC tomorrow, January 13th for an amazing performance! Remember, her album Chapter One is expected for release tomorrow as well! Pre-order yours now on iTunes!

YouTube Sensation Trevor Moran Debuts EP ‘XIAT’ Today!

trevorTrevor Moran, viral sensation and member of the immensely popular YouTube channel, Our2ndLife (O2L), releases his debut EP, XIAT today, December 9th, on iTunes and all other major digital music platforms. The 4-song EP features his current single, which shares the same name as the EP, XIAT.

XIAT has been a project in the making for many months now. I wanted to release a compilation of songs that I knew my fans would love, and also helps tell the world a little about who Trevor Moran is. There are songs on here such as the single, XIAT that share a side of me that many listeners might relate to.” Explains Trevor.

The internet has been buzzing for weeks in anticipation for the release of XIAT, with the constant support from Trevor’s 1.1 million Twitter followers and over 750 thousand YouTube subscribers. XIAT has been available for pre-order since mid-November and features the songs, Echo, XIAT, as well as two new and never-before heard tracks, Slay and Now or Never.

Trevor is currently touring the nation as part of lineup on the SlayBells Digitour. He wraps up his leg of the tour tonight in Phoenix and will return to California to continue promotion of the release of his EP.

Grab XIAT on iTunes now and keep up with Trevor via his social networks below!

 

PHOTOS: Disney’s ‘McFarland, USA’ Debuts Original New Song By Latin Rock Superstar, Juanes!

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Latin music superstar Juanes has written an original song titled “Juntos (Together)” specifically for Disney’s “McFarland, USA,” which he recorded for the end title track of the movie. The day after learning he is once again a current GRAMMY® nominee, Juanes traveled to McFarland, California, this past weekend to film a music video of “Juntos (Together)” on location—drawing a huge crowd of fans excited to get a glimpse of the chart-topping music star.

To the delight of all, Juanes joined the McFarland community’s festive Holiday Parade and followed up with an impromptu concert for the fans. “I was thrilled when Disney invited me to be part of this very special project,” explains Juanes. “Watching the film left me inspired about the power of teamwork, tenacity and faith, and I’m honored to now be part of the ‘McFarland, USA’ team.”

Niki Caro, the director of “McFarland, USA,” returned to McFarland to shoot the music video and says of Juanes’ participation, “I’m thrilled to have Juanes’ collaboration on this movie. His song ‘Juntos (Together)’ goes to the very soul of ‘McFarland, USA.’”

With seven solo albums to his credit and multi-platinum sales of over 16 million copies, Juanes is the world’s leading all-Spanish language rock artist–both a 2-time GRAMMY® and 20-time LATIN GRAMMY® winner with nine #1 singles on Billboard’s Latin Singles charts. Working with famed rock producer Steve Lillywhite, Juanes’ latest album “Loco De Amorwas released in the spring of 2014 and debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Albums chart and topped iTunes sales in over a dozen countries. Juanes is also frequently recognized as one of the Spanish-speaking world’s leading social media voices with an online following of over 18 million fans. The Colombian superstar’s dedication as a global activist also extends far beyond his passionate lyrics and is seen in his wide ranging charitable work for his own Mi Sangre Foundation and as a co-founder of the “Paz sin Fronteras” (Peace Without Borders) organization.

Check out a few more photos from the event below!

Cimorelli Premieres “That Girl Should Be Me” Music Video — Watch Now!

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Cimorelli, a pop music group of amazing sisters who rose to fame very quickly, will be debuting their EP album Renegade on Tuesday, October 28th! Lucky for fans, the sisters premiered a music video for their EP single, “That Girl Should Be Me”!

Renegade is available for pre-sale right now on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. It will also be available as a gift with purchase of S.o. R.a.d. apparel at Kohl’s Department Stores nationwide. The album features four amazing tracks:

  • “I Got You”
  • “That Girl Should Be Me”
  • “Renegade”
  • “You’re Worth It”

Check out the fantastic music video from Cimorelli below!

 

Walt Disney Studios Presents ‘Tomorrowland’ Teaser Trailer — Watch Here!

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New York Comic Con goers were the first to get a peek today, October 9th, at the new teaser trailer for Walt Disney Studios new movie Tomorrowland directed by Brad Bird and starring George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy and Hugh Laurie.

Tomorrowland is an adventure movie full of mystery. George Clooney, a former boy-genius, and a bright, science-loving teenager named Casey set out on a dangerous mission to discover the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space known only as Tomorrowland, where their actions affect themselves and the world.

You can catch Tomorrowland in theaters coming out on May 22nd, 2015. Also, make sure to read an exclusive feature for a First Look at Tomorrowland on EW.com HERE.

Check out the debuted teaser trailer below!

Keke Palmer Thanks All Her Loved Ones After Broadway Debut – See Her Message Here!

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This past Tuesday (September 9), Keke Palmer made her debut performance as the first African-American to play Cinderella on Broadway. Keke replaced Cindy Paige Faure in the role of Cinderella. After her debut performance, Keke sent out some thanks to all those who have supported her and continue to support her. Here is your message:

“thank you to all my loved ones for my flowers, texts and emails of support! My dressing room is beautiful because of YOU! I had such an overwhelmingly thrilling debut night. Broadway .. Wow. God is so good, I am so grateful to the The Lord for using me in such a way that I can freely express his love through my passion. Tonight, my career, my LIFE, is a testament to the power of love; of God’s light! When you embrace him and who you are, when you spread love and kindness, when you stay consistent in your sincerity .. There’s NOTHING you can not do. Nothing is easy, it will be difficult. But understand you are not alone, we are all together. 💯😍😘 — thankful to all of those that made it to the show tonight and I love all of those that were praying for me where they were.”

We wish the best to Keke!

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Fifth Harmony Nearly Called Themselves A Different Name — Details Here!!

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Did you know that Fifth Harmony were going to be called CANDL!!

Yesterday, Fifth Harmony took to Twitter to reveal the shocking news. They posted a tweet with the hashtag, #5HOurReflection and a picture of their upcoming debut album, Reflection. However on this image, they included “We almost named ourselves CANDL (our initials).

Take a look at the image below!

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KeKe Palmer Debuts As “Cinderella” TONIGHT!

1 of 4 Cinderella looks for Keke Palmer, 2014.

1 of 4 Cinderella looks for Keke Palmer, 2014.

On Tuesday night, 21-year-old Keke Palmer will make her debut as the first African-American Cinderella to appear in a Broadway play. She is replacing Cindy Paige Faure in the role of Cinderella. The role has also been played by pop singer, Carly Rae Jepsen, but for only three months which ended in June. The actress is now a talk show host with a daytime talk show, Just KeKe.

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