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Learning To Drive (Trailer)

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Academy Award® nominee Patricia Clarkson and Academy Award® winner Ben Kingsley star in this feel-good, coming of (middle) age comedy about a mismatched pair who help each other overcome life’s road blocks—festival circuit favorite Learning to Drive, which was chosen the Audience Award runner-up at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

Wendy (Clarkson) is a fiery Manhattan book critic whose husband has just left her for another woman; Darwan (Kingsley) is a soft-spoken taxi driver from India on the verge of an arranged marriage. As Wendy sets out to reclaim her independence, she runs into a barrier common to many lifelong New Yorkers: she’s never learned to drive. When Wendy hires Darwan to teach her, her unraveling life and his calm restraint seem like an awkward fit. But as he shows her how to take control of the wheel, and she coaches him on how to impress a woman, their unlikely friendship awakens them to the joy, humor and love in starting life anew.
Learning to Drive is A Broad Green Pictures Production / A Core Pictures Production, In Association with Lavender Pictures, starring Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley, Jake Weber, Sarita Choudhury and Grace Gummer. The original music is composed by Dhani Harrison and Paul Hicks. The costume designer is Vicki Farrell, and the production designer is Dania Saragovia. It is edited by Thelma Schoonmaker, A.C.E.; the director of photography is Manel Ruiz. The executive producer is Gabriel Hammond. The film is produced by Dana Friedman and Daniel Hammond. Learning to Drive is written by Sarah Kernochan (Based upon the article by Katha Politt) and directed by Isabel Coixet.


D23 Expo 2015 Soundbites Finding Dory Ty Burrell

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Every Story Is a Journey: The Upcoming Films of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios

Host John Lasseter presented an in-depth look at the animation studios’ slate and unveiled never-before-seen footage from upcoming releases. The event included surprise announcements, musical performances, and appearances by the films’ star
voice talent and filmmakers.

Video News Release, Hall D23
B-roll, and Interview Soundbites

D23 Expo 2015
Friday, August 14
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA


D23 Expo 2015 Soundbites Ellen Degeneres

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Every Story Is a Journey: The Upcoming Films of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios

Host John Lasseter presented an in-depth look at the animation studios’ slate and unveiled never-before-seen footage from upcoming releases. The event included surprise announcements, musical performances, and appearances by the films’ star voice talent and filmmakers.

Video News Release, Hall D23
B-roll, and Interview Soundbites

D23 Expo 2015
Friday, August 14
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA


67TH EMMY® AWARDS GOVERNORS BALL THEME ANNOUNCED

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67TH EMMY® AWARDS GOVERNORS BALL THEME ANNOUNCED

67th EMMYs

The Television Academy unveiled the 67th EMMY® Awards Governors Ball theme: “REIGNING WITH RADIANCE”

The Creative Arts Ball and Governors Ball are the exclusive Emmy® after-party celebrations following the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy® Awards on Saturday, September 12 and the 67th Emmy® Awards on Sunday, September 20. Themed “Reigning with Radiance,” the Creative Arts Ball’s 3,500 guests and the nearly 4,000 guests at the 67th Emmy® Awards Governors Ball will experience an evening of elegance under glimmering crystal chandeliers, with lavish dining and electrifying entertainment.

67th EMMY Awards Governors Ball artists rendering

Governors Ball artists rendering

According to Governors Ball Committee Co-Chairs, Barbara Cassel and Geriann McIntosh, “With this year’s design concept, our guests will experience an elegant, illuminated world with shimmering hues of radiance and rich textures; the feel of the room will be subtle yet dramatic.”

EMMY Governors Ball rendering of lounge seating

Governors Ball artist rendering of Lounge seating

Event producer, Cheryl Cecchetto of Sequoia Productions, added, “Our goal for the Governors Ball has always been to offer our guests a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience. This year’s Ball, with its unique theme, Swarovski Crystal embellished décor and phenomenal food, beverage, and entertainment, reflects the Academy’s passion for excellence and singular commitment to guest satisfaction.”

67th EMMY Governors Ball table decor

Table decor for the 67th EMMY Governors Ball

The 67th Emmy® Awards, hosted by Andy Samberg, airs live Sunday, September 20 (8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT) on FOX and will originate from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Don Mischer will serve as executive producer for the telecast.


Sterling Vineyards Shines at the OSCARS® 2015

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Sterling Vineyards® Shines at the OSCARS® 2015

Sterling official wines of the OSCARS 2015

Who doesn’t love a good glass of wine?  One of my favorite vineyards is Sterling Vineyards® as they produce good quality wines at prices to suit all occasions.  How cool is it that Sterling Vineyards has been around since 1964 and was founded by Sir Peter Newton, a British Knight and Oxford Scholar. I’ve always loved the Brits (and wine), perhaps this is one reason why.

Sterling Vineyards wines
2015 marks the 9th year that Sterling Vineyards has been the official wine of the OSCARS®. From the pre-show red carpet reception to the post-Academy Awards telecast Governors Ball, Sterling wines will be flowing and enjoyed by this year’s top celebrities and guests. Lucky them!

Among the Sterling Vineyards® selections for the 2015 Academy Awards: Limited Edition Red Carpet Reserve, Napa Valley 2012; Limited Edition Gold Standard Reserve, Napa Valley 2013; Sterling Vineyards Pinot Noir, Napa Valley 2012; Sterling Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, Napa County 2013 and Sterling Vineyards Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2012
Sterling Red Carpet Reserve and Gold Standard

The Napa Valley based iconic winemakers have created two custom made wines to be exclusively poured on OSCAR® night. The 2013 Sterling Vineyards® Limited Edition Gold Standard Reserve White and the 2012 Sterling Vineyards Limited Edition Red Carpet Reserve Red. The Gold Standard Reserve White is a delightful blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Viogner, and Moscat – refreshing, crisp and complex creating a “wow” on your palate. Less than 200 cases of each vintage was produced specifically for this star-studded evening and each bottle boasts the winemakers’ signatures and custom designed labels.

Wolfgang Puck sipping wine with Sterling's Alison Rodriquez

Wolfgang Puck sipping wine with Sterling’s Alison Rodriquez

Here are a few fun facts about Sterling Vineyards shining moments on OSCARS® night 2015:
*Each wine was specifically paired to complement Chef Wolfgang Puck’s OSCAR winning menu

*For the Academy Awards pre-show red carpet, 600 bottles EACH of the Limited Edition Gold Standard Reserve AND the  2012 Pinot Noir will be served.

*For the post-Awards’ Governors Ball, 600 bottles of the Limited Edition Red Carpet Reserve will be served, 250 bottles of the Sterling Vineyards® 2013 Sauvignon Blanc will be served, and 250 bottles of the Sterling 2012 Chardonnay will be served.

*Total for OSCARS® evening: 2,300 bottles of wine
*over 13,480 wine glasses! (WHOA!)
*over 1,935,802 premium Sterling grapes harvested to create these incredible wines
*3.5 tons of premium Sterling grapes harvested
*Enough Sterling wine corks laid end to end would run the length of the entire red carpet

and ready… An OSCAR® statue weighs about the same as two bottles of Sterling wine or one magnum. Those OSCAR® winners will be getting their workout on!

with Sterling winemaker Alison Rodriquez at the OSCARS press preview

with Sterling winemaker Alison Rodriquez at the OSCARS press preview

To learn more about Sterling Vineyards® wines, visit SterlingVineyards.com

Watch the 87th Annual ACADEMY AWARDS OSCARS® telecast Sunday, February 22, 2015 on ABC beginning at 4pmPT, 7pmET.

Photos courtesy of Albert Evangelista, Photography by Albert. Visit Photography by Albert for more details.

Wolfgang Puck photo courtesy of Sterling Vineyards.


The 3rd Annual Golden Foodie Awards 2014

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Golden Foodie Awards
The 3rd Annual Golden Foodie Awards 2014
winner Cathy Thomas
On September 28, 2014, Orange County’s culinary elite don their red carpet attire – or in this case, golden carpet attire – for the 3rd Annual Golden Foodie Awards to be held at the Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach. Produced by Pamela Waitt, the Golden Foodie Awards celebrates the best in local food, restaurants, chefs, and culinary writers. Each year, attendees enjoy a pre-awards reception filled with signature dishes and cocktails from restaurant nominees and sponsors followed by the awards gala event and post-awards reception.
taste at the Golden Foodie Awards
The Golden Foodie Awards features over 28 categories including Best Mexican Restaurant, Best Burger, Best Happy Hour, Best Bartender, Best OC Food Writer among others which are awarded by public voting which took place during the month of August. Other top categories are the Golden Chef award, Golden Pastry Chef, and Best New Restaurant which are voted on exclusively by the Golden Foodie Awards guild.
with Vicki Gunvalson at the Golden Foodie Awards with Vicki Gunvalson at the Golden Foodie Awards
This years celebrity presenters include OC Housewives’ Heather Dubrow, Vicki Gunvalson, and Shannon Beador, Los Angeles’ Charm City Cakes owner, Duff Goldman, Mercedis “MJ” Javid of “Shahs of Sunset”, and comedienne Frances Dilorinzo will host the gala awards event for the 3rd year in a row. Guests will enjoy sweet “golden” treats from Valenza Chocolatier “Bonbons of Gold”, Casey’s Cupcakes “Golden Velvet Cupcakes”, and gold kissed spheres of Golden Chocolate Rochers by Fairmont Hotel pastry chef, Jeffrey Kahle all designed specifically for this red carpet evening.
with Duff Goldman at the Golden Foodie Awards with Duff Goldman at the Golden Foodie Awards
Sponsors of the Golden Foodie Awards: Fairmont Newport Beach, Sub-Zero and Wolf, Kanantik Belize, Celebrity Cruises, Orange Coast Magazine, 95.5 KLOS and 790 KABC, KOHLER, Melissa’s Produce, Travelzoo, Ketel One, Orange County Register, Kean Coffee, Code Four, La Crema, Patrón, Sadie Rose Baking Company, The ACE Agency, The District at Tustin Legacy, Aloha POS, Surfas Culinary District, Greer’s OC and Piper-Heidsieck Champagne.
Chefs Yvon Goetz and Pascal Olhats Chefs Yvon Goetz and Pascal Olhats
The public is welcome to attend but seating is limited so purchase tickets as soon as possible for a taste of and inside look at the OC culinary scene. For tickets and more information, visit goldenfoodies.com
presenter Wing Lam presenter Wing Lam


66th Primetime EMMY Awards

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66th Primetime EMMY Awards

66th Annual Primetime EMMY Awards 66th Primetime EMMY Awards

The premiere night for television stars, the 66th Primetime EMMY® Awards will be held Monday, August 25, 2014 at Nokia Theatre at LA LIVE in downtown Los Angeles and broadcast LIVE on NBC television with red carpet arrivals at 4pm and awards show at 5pm Pacific Standard Time. Host, Seth Myers and Executive Producer, Don Mischer will be joined by the EMMY winners, nominees and guests at the annual Governors Ball which takes place in the West Hall at the Los Angeles Convention Center and will be catered for the 19th year by Patina Restaurant Group.

EMMYS Governors Ball Laser Light show EMMYS Governors Ball Laser Light show

In another stellar creation from Event Producer, Cheryl Cecchetto and her team at Sequoia Productions, and in their 17th year as producers for the EMMYS Governors Ball, this year, the convention center Hall will be transformed into a “kaleidoscope of color” complete with an awe-inspiring laser light show, dynamic dance performances choreographed to the laser lights, and live performances by recording artist, Judith Hill backed by high energy Top 40 band, The Red Hot Band all dramatized with media-enhanced Versa TUBES and lasers and wall-to-wall harp strings created by 2,400 feet of brass wire.

Table decor for "Kaleidoscope of Color" EMMY theme Table decor for “Kaleidoscope of Color” EMMY theme

Governors Ball Committee Chair Russ Patrick states, “This year’s theme and decor are metaphors for creative excellence, vibrancy, and richness of our industry and the television season.” Adds Event producer, Cheryl Cecchetto, “Our ultimate after party will be a sensory of delight offering sights, sounds, and cuisine and hospitality that cannot be found anywhere else.”

Chef Alec Lestr Chef Alec Lestr

Under the direction of Patina Restaurant Group founder, Joachim Splichal, Executive Chef Alec Lestr and his team of over 200 chefs will create a kitchen of grandeur behind the floor-to-ceiling drapery cooking a-la-minute for the near 4,000 guests. On the menu for this year’s ball, Grilled Peach and Heirloom Tomato Salad, Filet of Beef with Artisan Grapes, Idaho “90” Potato “bone”, and Chocolate S’Mores.

Beaulieu Vineyard Maestro Collection Beaulieu Vineyard Maestro Collection

The decadent dinner will be paired with wines by Beaulieu Vineyard featuring their Maestro Collection Sauvignon Blanc, 2011 Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, and the 2012 Maestro Collection Napa Valley Port and NV Muscat de Beaulieu. Highlighting the “kaleidoscope of color” table decor are floral designs by Kevin Lee of La Premier Florist now in his 10th year with the EMMYS.
LA PREMIERE FLORAL DESIGNS

Watch the video preview here: 66th Primetime EMMY Awards Governors Ball
EMMYS BAND MENU
WATCH THE 66TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS MONDAY, August 25 LIVE on NBC television at 5pm Pacific Standard Time.

AUDI AUDI

Audi® is the Official car for the 66th Primetime EMMY® Awards


4TH ANNUAL TASTE AWARDS

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TASTE AWARDSBikini Lifestyles featuring the Bikini Chef Susan Irby winner of the Best Health & Fitness Programand NOMINATED: Best Food or Drink Radio Broadcast. THE TASTE AWARDS 2013. Celebrating the year’s best in food, fashion and lifestyle programs on television, in film, online and on radio.