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March 8th, 2017 by Cherry

Am so excited to hear that the Paley Center for Media is welcoming Prison Break, Riverdale, Speechless, and the New ABC Musical Event, Dirty Dancing for the 2017 PaleyLive LA Spring Season! <scream> so many great programs that my head is spinning!

“The programs selected for our PaleyLive events represent the best television has to offer and tackle today’s most compelling themes and issues,” said Maureen J. Reidy, President and CEO of The Paley Center for Media. “The programs in our PaleyLive Spring Season run the gamut from thriller to mystery, from romance to the challenges facing a special needs family. Each one promises to spark the entertaining and informative conversations that have made PaleyLive programs the premier experience for both the public and industry professionals.”

PaleyLive LA this Spring selection of programs, feature screening, premier episodes, panel talks AND the opportunity for the audience to ask questions!  I just found out about these new panels and if you are a member you can buy tickets before the general public!

 

An Evening with Speechless

Tuesday, May 9 at 7:00 pm

 

I’m a huge fan of ABC Studios, and Twentieth Century Fox Television’s Speechless it’s a show that represents the challenge of a family struggling to live in a neighborhood to offer the best to their kids. The portrayal of JJ DiMeo by Micah Fowler that shows a HS kid living his life and not allowing anyone to stand in front of his wheels! Out of the entire family I must admit I want to hang with JJ and not just to cut in line <guffaw>. The Paley Center will host Minnie Driver (Maya DiMeo); John Ross Bowie (Jimmy DiMeo); Mason Cook (Ray DiMeo); Micah Fowler (JJ DiMeo); Kyla Kenedy(Dylan DiMeo); Cedric Yarbrough (Kenneth); Scott Silveri, Creator & Executive Producer; Melvin Mar, Executive Producer; and Jake Kasdan, Executive Producer; for a premiere screening and conversation.

 

 

Prison Break: Premiere Screening & Conversation

Wednesday, March 29 at 7:00 pm

I’m ready for a new adventure with Prison Break and the new nine part event series with original series stars reuniting for an all-new adventure that has the thrills and cliff-hangers of the Golden Globe Nominated original series when it aired on FOX (2005-2009). The Paley Center welcomes back members of the cast & creative team including Wentworth Miller (Michael Scofield); Dominic Purcell (Lincoln Burrows); Sarah Wayne Callies (Sara Tancredi); Robert Knepper (T-Bag); Paul T. Scheuring, Creator & Executive Producer; Vaun Wilmott, Executive Producer; and Executive Producer, Michael Horowitz, who last appeared on the Paley stage in 2008; for this special screening and conversation in advance of the broadcast premiere on April 4 at 9:00 pm ET/PT.

 

Riverdale:  Screening & Conversation

Thursday, April 27 at 7:00 pm

 

Riverdale, the CW and Warner Bros. Television’s newest series has turned Archie and the gang into a modern teen soap series heavy on the mystery! Archie Comics has always stayed relevant over the decades but this new story has introduced them to not only old but new fans! The show has captured the CW viewers and has already been renewed for Season 2! Archie, Betty Veronica,  Jughead and Josie are living a small town life with big city dreams and murder simmering under Pop’s shop as the teens sip milkshakes and exchange very simmering glances! The Paley Center welcomes the talented ensemble cast and creative team for screening and conversation including: KJ Apa (Archie Andrews); Lili Reinhart (Betty Cooper); Camila Mendes (Veronica Lodge); Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl Blossom); Marisol Nichols (Hermione Lodge); Mӓdchen Amick (Alice Cooper); Ashleigh Murray (Josie McCoy); Sarah Schechter, Executive Producer; Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Executive Producer; Jon Goldwater, Executive Producer; and additional guests to be announced.

 

Dirty Dancing: The New ABC Musical Event

Premiere Screening & Conversation

Thursday, May 18 at 6:30 pm

No fan of the 1987 movie classic can miss the 30th anniversary musical premiering this year on ABC! Paley Center is offering a first look AND talk with the talent and team behind the upcoming three hour filmed musical event that will be produced by Lionsgate and Allison Shearmur Productions. We get to see the romance of Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman and Johnny Castle during a summer vacation in the Catskills that I think will have all of us singing the songs from the original movie and era. Those lucky enough to score tickets to the premier screening will have a chance to hear from Abigail Breslin, Bruce Greenwood, Nicole Scherzinger, Colt Prattes, and Katey Sagal just before the ABC Television Network TV premiere on May 24. So don’t put baby back in the corner instead have a Dirty Dancing Party at PaleyLive: Los Angeles!

 

 

As part of the many benefits of Paley Center Membership, Paley Center Supporting and Patron Members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets starting March 7. Tickets go on sale for Paley Center Individual Members on March 8, and to the general public on March 9. To learn more about other benefits of Paley Center Membership, which includes the opportunity to experience more intimate events with today’s most famous television stars and other noteworthy personalities, please visit paleycenter.org/join-us.

 

For more information, panel updates, and to purchase tickets please visit paleycenter.org.

 

 

About The Paley Center for Media

The Paley Center for Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the collection and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit paleycenter.org

 

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March 1st, 2017 by Cherry

Let’s meet for the Women’s Day Celebration at the Wiltern! This year everyone can celebrate Women, Diversity & Entertainment with a special screening of Thelma & Louise

The Wiltern will have a panel of women discussing their careers, obstacles, advice and recommendations for young women wanting to go into business starting at 7PM.

 

MODERATOR:  Lisa Licht, Live Nation, Chief Marketing Officer

PANELISTS: Alisa Xayalith: Lead singer of The Naked & Famous, Kristin Schaffer: Executive Director of Women In Film Association, Tori Letzler: Singer and composer for film music (American Horror Story: Coven) & Callie Khourie: Writer (Thelma & Louise)

This celebration of Women’s Day (March 8th) will highlight the story of friendship, courage, and freedom with a screening of THELMA & LOUISE (2h 20m). Doors open at 6PM, Panel starts 7PM and the Movie screens 8:30PM

This is an all ages event for girls, women, transgender, men, boys, fathers, mothers, friends, sisters and friends! It’s a great opportunity to see women who will talk not only about successes but failures and how they kept moving to fulfill their dream of success. Tickets are $10.50 (GA) and $14 (VIP with reserved seeking area, skip the line & one popcorn). Partial proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood LA

DETAILS: All ages, full bar and food. Tickets start at $10.50. Partial proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood LA.Tickets available at: www.wiltern.com/ www.ticketmaster.com/

GA Tickets $10.50 plus fees: General Admission Seating, first come first serve

VIP Tickets: $14 plus fees: General Admission Reserved seating in VIP area, Skip the Line, One popcorn.

 

How do you plan to celebrate Woman’s Day? What’s your favorite woman empowerment film? Leave a comment below of what movie should be on my must watch list!

The Wiltern

3790 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

Wednesday March 8, 2017 Doors open at 6pm

 

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February 22nd, 2017 by Kristy Nguyen

Imagine a cross of E.T.’s suspenseful mystery with one of Pixar’s feel-good journeys and you’ll get My Pet Dinosaur. “You have to swear not to tell” is one phrase that almost every kid uses when there is mischief. As seen in the trailer below, this mischief involves a dinosaur and a group of kids. The Australian-shot film tells a story about a young boy that discovers and befriends a dinosaur after a military experiment had gone wrong in his town. However, the military leader is on the hunt for his new pet and one can’t help but wonder what will happen to their friendship?

 

My Pet Dinosaur is a second feature for the Emmy Award Winner, Matt Drummond, whose previous film was 2014’s Dinosaur’s Island. The cast includes Jordan Dulieu, Annabel Wolfe, Christopher Gabardi and Tiriel Mora.

The film will be released in New Zealand and Australia on April 25. Worldwide dates will be announced soon. Stay tuned!

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February 13th, 2017 by Cherry

I’m planning to head to the Santa Monica Pier for the 4th Annual S.T.E.A.M. Innovation Fair and Rube Goldberg Curious Contraption Contest on Sunday, March 5. I feel clever as heck just planning to attend and seeing the robots! The Free Festival Includes: A Contest of Student-Imagineered Rube Goldberg Machines, an Innovation Exhibition Featuring Soccer Matches between Guest-Operated LEGO Robots, and a Panel of NASA & JPL Engineers

The Santa Monica Pier will welcome many of the country’s brightest young inventors, tech leaders, educators and students for the 4th Annual S.T.E.A.M. Machines Innovation Fair. This one-day event is free to the public and summons all to playfully dive into an interactive experience that connects the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.
Kicking off the event at 11:30am, S..E.A.M. will entertain, enlighten, and mesmerize in three ways: a Path to Innovation Panel hosting brilliant galactic and scientific minds, an Innovation Exhibition presenting a wonderland of experiential and groundbreaking delights, and the Rube Goldberg Curious Contraption Contest featuring student teams from across Los Angeles and the nation.
Rube Goldberg Curious Contraption Contest
The event will feature tiers of middle school, high school, and university squads in a battle of Rube Goldberg machines – overly engineered contraptions that achieve a simple end-game through the most complicated (and humorous) paths imaginable. Inspired by the Pulitzer Prize winning inventor and cartoonist Rube Goldberg, these contraptions inspire creativity and innovation. On the Internet, they’re viral video sensations, and in-person, they’re mechanical magic.

Student teams from Santa Monica to Alaska are scheming big for this year’s challenge – applying a Band-Aid in minimum of 20 chain reactions. Down the Santa Monica Pier, over a dozen machines will be operating in 10’x10’ plots, each tinkering towards that final Band-Aid mechanism. The winning team will be judged and awarded a cash prize and entry to the national competition by a creditable committee: Lyle Tavernier (NASA Educational Technology Specialist), Hector Alvarez (Two Bit Circus Creative Director), Brett Doar (celebrated Rube Goldberg machinist), Martin Tomasz (analog/radio/mixed-signal engineer), and Heather Doyle (S.T.E.A.M. Innovation Fair Creator).

Royal Rumble of Rube
11:30AM-2PM
Teams have taken DIY machine-building to new heights as they face off & compete for the best Rube Goldberg machine that can apply a BAND-AID™ in 20 steps or more! Prize money & everlasting glory are on the line so come pick a champ & cheer them on.

The Path to Innovation
2-3:30PM
A panel of innovators, including Michelle Easter of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Jeremy Selan of Valve virtual reality, Zaina Siyed highschool robotics champion and founder of the FemSTEM scholarship will discuss the challenges of their fields and the opportunities that await!

I am a Robot!
11AM-1:30PM

Curby, Santa Monica Public Work’s walking, talking recycling robot will be joining us for a limited time at the grand entrance to the Santa Monica Pier along Ocean Front Walk.

Get Your Build On
11AM-4PM

Build a fort out of cardboard boxes, a sculpture out of rolled newspaper, or help create a giant recycling machine. This day is a builder’s paradise!

Swim With the Fishes
11AM-4PM 

Visit Heal The Bay’s Aquarium under the Pier to check out the coolest creates and even pilot an underwater ROV mini-sub.

Path to Innovation Panel
A notable panel of scientific wizards will enlighten folks with visionary tales, discussing challenges in their fields and revealing secrets that the future holds.
  • Gray Bright: Host of the Tomorrow Show, standup comedian, robotic engineer, and Lego enthusiast.
  • Brent Bushnell: Board President and CEO (or Chief Rabble-Rouser) of Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles-based experiential entertainment company.
  • Michelle Easter: former high fashion runway model who diverted at 26 to pursue an engineering degree. By 31, she had finished at the top of her class with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is now a Mechatronics Engineer for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  • Jeremy Selan: two-time Scientific and Technical Achievement Academy Award Winner and Valve developer making an impact in the virtual reality sector.
  • Zaina Siyed: local high school student, robotics champion and founder of FemSTEM – a foundation to help encourage girls to participate in STEM activities.
During the competition, innovation stations will be activated throughout the pier hosted by event partners and vendors. Each will spark curiosity and engagement from the crowds with its own brand of genius:
  • Columbia Memorial Space Center: guests can use LEGO robots to compete against each other at soccer.
  • Craig Burrows Photography: floral photography collection lauded by Wired for its ‘ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence’ technique.
  • Heal the Bay / Aquarium / FCEC: piloting an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV), build boats out of aluminum foil and play around with a host of other technological gadgets.
  • Orchanic: showcasing an A.I. prototype that uses Deep Learning to identify trash on the beaches, the HEXA spider robot, and smart clothing.
  • Paisley Garbage: arts and craft vendor.
  • Peddler’s Creamery: churn delicious homemade ice cream by a bicycle.
  • reDiscover Center: turn massive amounts of recycled cardboard into anything imaginable.
  • STEMup4Youth: guests can let their imaginations go wild by building enormous structures out of recycles cardboard.
  • Steve Craig’s drawBot: a crowd favorite, Steve Craig returns again this year with his exceptionally popular drawing machines and more.
  • T4T.org: invites festival-goers to create the Ultimate Recycling Machine using their imagination, engineering skills, and some fun upcycled materials.
For more information, visit SteamMachinesLA.com; search for the official event hashtag #SteamMachines.
S.T.E.A.M. Machines
Innovation Fair & Rube Goldberg Contest
Sunday • March 5 • 11:30am
200 Santa Monica Pier,
Santa Monica, CA 90401
About The Rube Goldberg Curious Contraption Contest
Rube Goldberg was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, sculptor and author. He was the inspiration for the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, which challenges participants to make a complicated machine to perform a simple task. The contest is an annual international competition that challenges teams of students from middle school to college age to compete in building the most elaborate and hilarious Rube Goldberg Machine.

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February 13th, 2017 by Cherry

Be still my burger loving heart

Return of the 3rd Annual Burgers & Beer Festival

Saturday, April 29th from 4-7PM 

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (DTLA)

All of the sliders and craft beer brews for foodie fans to enjoy on a lovely spring day in the historical Memorial Coliseum! The event will have a wide selection from Los Angeles’ best burger restaurants.


This year you can look forward to tasty sliders from Baldoria, Belcampo Meat Co., Burger City Grill, Button Mash, byCHLOE, Grill ‘Em All, Hinoki and the Bird, Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Mascarpone Cheesecake by Chef Turok, Myke’s Café, Simmzy’s, Slater’s 50/50, The Pikey, The Upper West, Venice Whaler and WOLF with more to be confirmed (closer to event).

 

 

 

Mark your calendar for the presale tickets sales at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 14th. Use Promo Code: BBCHERRY

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, February 20th at 10 a.m.

General Admission tickets will be available starting at $50 and include entry into the event, unlimited food samples from 20+ restaurants, craft beer samples from 40+ breweries, access to entertainment and vendor village. A limited number of VIP admission tickets will be available starting at $70. VIP Admission tickets include all general admission perks plus hour early entry into the event and a VIP gift bag.

A portion of this year’s event proceeds will benefit Food Forward. Food Forward rescues fresh local produce that would otherwise go to waste, connecting this abundance with people in need, and inspiring others to do the same.

 

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About L.A. Weekly:

L.A. Weekly, and more recently laweekly.com, has Los Angeles covered, with investigative reporting, comprehensive calendar listings and forward-thinking cultural coverage, including daily blogs like the highly regarded Squid Ink, which covers the city’s food scene. We keep our readers loyal with stories by some of the country’s finest writers—now accessible through our mobile platforms. L.A. Weekly has won more awards from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies than any other paper in the country, and in 2007 was the first newspaper to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for its food criticism.

 

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February 2nd, 2017 by Cherry

Paley Center NY & LA are celebrating Black History Month with events for kids and adults! Visitors will be able to enjoy archived screening with Oprah Winfrey, Kerry Washington, Diahann Carroll, Lee Daniels, Cicely Tyson, and others share personal stories as they introduce historic TV moments from Julia, Soul Train, Roots, In Living Color, Scandal, Empire and many more programs. You’ll be able to see portraits of iconic talents and walk the red carpet with favorite stars! Attendees can share pictures on social with #PaleyTribute.

In Los Angeles, the monitors are on the second floor with the portraits. In New York, you can watch the full tributes in the Spielberg Gallery or go to the Library on the fourth floor to watch individual Tribute segments.

Attendees in both New York and Los Angeles will have the opportunity to watch classic and significant programs from the Paley Archive that celebrate and examine the African-American experience (see schedule below)

NY & LA: 
February 5 and February 12

12:15 pm
The Proud Family: “Party” (2002)
Penny Proud parties down in this episode of the popular animated family sitcom. (23 minutes)

12:39 pm
The Muppet Show: Lena Horne (1976)
Legendary vocalist Lena Horne drops by for a visit with Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the gang. (24 minutes)

1:04 pm
Bernie Mac Show: “The Night of Terror” (2005)
Zombies, played for laughs, because that’s what happens when you combine comedian Bernie Mac and kids. (30 minutes)

1:27 pm
Julia: “Am I, Pardon the Expression, Blacklisted?” (1968)
Groundbreaking sitcom about widowed nurse Julia Baker (Diahann Carroll) and her young son, Corey. (25 minutes)

1:51 pm
The Richard Pryor Show: Robin Williams, Charles Fletcher (1977)
Controversial in its time, this comedy-variety show hosted by comedian Richard Pryor lasted just four episodes, due to disagreements over content with the network (NBC). (51 minutes)

2:43 pm
In Living Color (1990)
Homey D. Clown clowns around in this installment of the influential sketch comedy show created by Keenen Ivory Wayans and Damon Wayans. (23 minutes)

3:07 pm
ABC Novel for Television: Roots (1977)
Premiere episode of iconic miniseries (celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year), based on Alex Haley’s book, focuses on Kunta Kinte, an African warrior who is captured by slave traders and brought to America. (37 minutes)

NY & LA:
February 19 and February 26

12:15 pm
Sesame Street: “Big Birds Pen Pal” (2002)
Sweep the clouds away with this diversity-themed episode of the great American children’s series, still running strong in its forty-eighth year.

1:16 pm
Justice League: “Legends Part 1” (2002)
Superhero superteam battles supervillains in alternate dimension. (22 minutes)

1:39 pm
Justice League: “Legends Part 2” (2002)
Superheroes vs. supervillains, part two. (22 minutes)

2:02 pm
Teen Titans: “Car Trouble” (2003)
Cyborg’s new supercar starts with T, and that stands for trouble. (22 minutes)

2:24 pm
The Oprah Winfrey Show: “Malcolm X” (1992)
Oprah chats with director Spike Lee about his film Malcolm X, plus Malcolm’s widow and daughter. (44 minutes)

3:09 pm

Paris: “Dead Men Don’t Kill” (1979)
Paris (James Earl Jones) tries to save a possibly innocent man on death row in this stark episode of the criminally underappreciated cop drama. (50 minutes)

 

 

4:00 pm
Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Piano Lesson (1995)
TV adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a family in 1930s Pittsburgh and the conflict over an antique piano, a family heirloom with great symbolic value; starring Charles Dutton, Alfre Woodard, and Courtney B. Vance. (1 hour 40 minutes)

In New York and Los Angeles, families are welcome to enjoy family screenings and craft activities that celebrate African-American history and pop culture. 

 

Also in New York, the Paley Center’s Education department will present two workshops:

Wednesday, February 22, 2017; 2:00 pm
Screening and Discussion: CBS Reports: Who Speaks for Birmingham (1961)
Come see this rarely seen one hour in-depth news report which sought to let Birmingham residents, both black and white, speak on behalf of their community, then the center of international attention due to racial violence and strife.
Recommended for children ages 14 and older.

Thursday, February 23, 2017; 2:00 pm
Workshop: The Civil Rights Movement and Television
In the years between 1954 and 1965, more legislation was passed, more court decisions were rendered, and more social change was effected in the name of civil rights than ever before. The rise of the Civil Rights Movement paralleled the growing use of television in the United States. In 1950 television was still in its infancy, but by 1960, televisions were present in 90 percent of American homes. Television provided the American public with a means to witness the struggle for civil rights nearly in real time and led a more informed society to enact social change.  In this workshop participants view and discuss important television clips from the Paley Center’s civil rights archive.
Recommended for children ages 13 and older. 

Email eduny@paleycenter.org to make reservations.

Exhibits, Screenings, & Family Activities

February 2017, in Los Angeles & New York
Wednesdays to Sundays
12:00 to 5:00 pm (LA)
12:00 to 6:00 pm; Thursdays until 8:00 pm (NY)
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

 

The Paley Center for Media in LA
465 N. Beverly Drive,
at S. Santa Monica Blvd.
More info about visiting.

The Paley Center for Media in NY
25 West 52 Street
(Between 5th and 6th Avenues)
More info about visiting.

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February 2nd, 2017 by Cherry

ESSENCE AND THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA PRESENT:

“THE POWER OF OUR PRESENCE – AN EXHIBITION CELEBRATING THE 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE ESSENCE BLACK WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD AWARDS”

 

“We are beyond thrilled to partner with the Paley Center to present the Power of Our Presence exhibit—as Essence prepares to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Black Women in Hollywood Awards,” said Essence President Michelle Ebanks. “Experience the magic of the red carpet as it comes to life and shines a spotlight on the most influential and pioneering women in Hollywood.”

 

 

 

 

 

I’m so excited and happy to celebrate Black History Month with Essence Black Women in Hollywood Award Exhibition at the Paley Center for Media (Los Angeles). It’s been ten years since Essence Magazine began to recognize accomplished and creative Black Women with their yearly Oscar Week Luncheon.

 
This magical exhibition will include costumes from lead female characters from their hit TV series. In the collection will be the iconic white coats worn by Kerry Washington in Scandal, Tracee Ellis Ross’s scrubs from Black-ish and a costume from Taraji P. Henson’s “Cookie Lion” of Empire. As well as memorabilia, photos and footage form past luncheons will be on display, re-receations of the tables capes, images of past honorees, special video messages from Angela Bassett and Lynn Whitfield, a compilation footage of some the event’s most touching acceptance speeches and much more.

 

“We are so honored to partner with Essence in presenting this powerful exhibit in support of its special milestone anniversary,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President and CEO. “The Paley Center is proud of its ongoing commitment to preserving and celebrating African American achievements in television. This Essence exhibit is a signature part of our Black History Month celebration, which also includes screenings, educational activities and an onsite showcase of our own recent tribute.”

Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood Awards has celebrated black women in front of the camera and behind the scenes since 2008. Over the years they ave honored Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and many more. This year’s event will shift from a daytime luncheon to an evening gala for the first time and will be held at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA, on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

The Power of Our Presence exhibit will be open at the Paley Center’s Beverly Hills location (465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210) from Wednesday, February 8 to Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

For more information about this exhibit, please visit Essence.com or paley.me/bwih, and follow Essence on TwitterInstagram and Facebook @essence, as well as the Paley Center on Facebook and Twitter @PaleyCenter for more updates.

The Essence Power of our Presence exhibit is presented by AT&T and the Minority Business Development Agency.

 

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ABOUT ESSENCE COMMUNICATIONS INC.

ESSENCE Communications Inc. (ECI) is the number one media company dedicated to African-American women, with a multi-platform presence in publishing, live events and online. The company’s flagship publication, Essence magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women, generating brand extensions such as the Essence Festival, Essence Black Women in Hollywood and Black Women in Music, Window on Our Women and Smart Beauty consumer insights series, Essence.com, and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD). For 46 years, Essence, which has a brand reach of 14.2 million, has been the leading source of cutting-edge information and specific solutions relating to every area of African-American women’s lives. Additional information about ECI and Essence is available at www.essence.com.

 

ABOUT THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA

The Paley Center for Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the Paley Archive – including special African-American, Hispanic, and LGBT collections – and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit paleycenter.org

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February 2nd, 2017 by Cherry

If you are a fan of ABC’s ‘American Crime’ I know where you will be this March 1st (Wednesday)! You’ll be at the Paley Center for Media with Felicity Huffman, Lili Taylor, Connor Jessup, Richard Cabral, Benito Martinez, Ana Mulvoy-Ten, Mickaëlle X. Bizet, John Ridley and Michael McDonald!

The Paley Center for Media will present their first event with the cast and creative team of the ABC  drama. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Friday, February 3rd) to attend the PaleyLive LA event. It’s going to be quite the treat since this drama has had fans on the edge of their seats from episode one. Thanks to the Paley Center you might have a chance to ask the pressing question that has tickled your curiosity and learn what the focus will be on the next season.

“We are excited to welcome this critically-acclaimed series to the Paley Center stage for the first time ever, in what we know will be an entertaining, engaging and insightful conversation,” said Maureen J. Reidy, President and CEO of The Paley Center for Media. “PaleyLive programs continue to give TV fans the most thrilling and intimate experience by bringing together the talented actors, writers, and creators with the audiences that love them.”

 

Felicity Huffman, “Jeanette Hesby”; Lili Taylor, “Clair Coates”; Connor Jessup, “Coy Henson”; Richard Cabral, “Isaac Castillo”; Benito Martinez, “Luis Salazar”;Ana Mulvoy-Ten, “Shae Reese”; Mickaëlle X. Bizet, “Gabrielle Durand”; John Ridley, Creator & Executive Producer; and Michael McDonald, Executive Producer are scheduled to attend the March 1st talk and screening of the premier episode. The series will be premiering March 12th on ABC but LA fans can get a first watch thanks to PaleyLive LA. If you are a Paley Center Supporting, Patron or Individual member you can purchase tickets now and general public fans can buy starting February 3rd at 9 am PT.

This year season 3’s storyline will be on forced labor in the agricultural community, class division, individual rights and modern day sharecropping aka indentured servitude all from the viewpoint of how people see crime. It promises to spark debate and conversation around the ‘water cooler’ and over dinner in many homes.

For more information on how to support the Paley Center, panel updates and to purchase tickets please visit paleycenter.org

About The Paley Center for Media

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January 19th, 2017 by Cherry

I’m geek fangirling with the newest DC Comics Justice League moving premiering on DVD/BluRay/Digital HD on February 7th but if you are in Los Angeles or NYC you can enjoy a special viewing and Q&A with cast and producers. I grew up loving Justice League and have been very happy with the DC series. They can be a little dark and violent but since they are geared towards an older fan based the stories have some adult themes. I have also been incredibly impressed with the writing and direction of the films. They have taken classic characters we grew up with and have enriched the story as well as given them a more contemporary look and attitude to appeal to casual fans as well. Now that they have decided to ‘reboot’ Constantine and begin to bring him into the TV/Animation family it will give new fans of the character an opportunity to get to know him as well as old fans some major nerd love. I’m hoping to chat with Matt Ryan again since I interviewed him (and the cast) at SDCC for Constantine (NBC) a series that I feel did not get the time to find an audience that it deserved. 

I’m so excited about the Justice League Dark that is the latest  DC Universe Original Movie that is premiering at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills on January 23, 2017  and at the Director’s Guild of America in New York on February 2, 2017. Fans are able to attend the screening and stay for the filmmakers and members of the voice cast  post-screening panel discussion. Matt Ryan (Constantine, The Halcyon), the voice of Constantine, and Nicholas Turturro (NYPD Blue, Blue Bloods), the voice of Deadman, will attend both the Los Angeles and New York premieres and take part in the panel discussions along with supervising producer James Tucker, director Jay Oliva and character designer Phil Bourassa. Ray Chase (Final Fantasy XV videogame), the voice of Jason Blood/Etrigan, joins the World Premiere festivities in Los Angeles. Additional talent participating at the two premieres will be announced as confirmed.

Justice League Dark …

When innocent civilians begin committing unthinkable crimes across Metropolis, Gotham City and beyond, Batman must call upon mystical counterparts to eradicate this demonic threat to the planet. Enter Justice League Dark, reluctantly led by the Hellblazer himself, John Constantine. Like Batman, Constantine is a cunning, often cynical loner who is the best at his chosen profession – but quickly realizes the sinister forces plaguing the planet will require help from other supernatural alliances. Forming a new “league” with sorceress Zatanna, otherworldly Deadman, and Jason Blood and his powerful alter ego Etrigan the Demon, this team of Dark Arts specialists must unravel the mystery of Earth’s supernatural plague and contend with the rising, powerful villainous forces behind the siege – before it’s too late for all of mankind.

Latest DC Universe Original Movie to Debut in LA (1/23/17) and NYC (2/2/17);

Limited Free Tickets Available to Fans on First Come, First Served Basis 

 

Both screenings will begin at 7:00 pm. The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles is located at 465 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. The Director’s Guild of America is located at 110 West 57th Street in New York City.

A limited number of free tickets are available to the general public. Please note that Justice League Dark is Rated R for “some disturbing violence.” Anyone under 17 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

 

Fans wishing to receive free tickets to the Los Angeles event on January 23 must RSVP via email to JLDarkLA@gmail.com.

 

Fans wishing to receive free tickets to the New York event on February 2 must RSVP via email to JLDarkNY@gmail.com.

 

The body of all fan RSVP emails need ONLY include the (1) name of the entrant, (2) valid email address, and (3) name of the media outlet/website by which the entrant learned of the screening, and the number of tickets being requested (limit four per entry). Fans should keep their entry simple – here’s an example of exactly how the body of the RSVP email should appear:

 

Bruce Wayne

2 tickets

DarkKnight@gmail.com

www.cherrydavis.org

 

Tickets to the event will be distributed on a “first come, first served” basis, and fans will be notified via email.

 

About Justice League Dark …

When innocent civilians begin committing unthinkable crimes across Metropolis, Gotham City and beyond, Batman must call upon mystical counterparts to eradicate this demonic threat to the planet. Enter Justice League Dark, reluctantly led by the Hellblazer himself, John Constantine. Like Batman, Constantine is a cunning, often cynical loner who is the best at his chosen profession – but quickly realizes the sinister forces plaguing the planet will require help from other supernatural alliances. Forming a new “league” with sorceress Zatanna, otherworldly Deadman, and Jason Blood and his powerful alter ego Etrigan the Demon, this team of Dark Arts specialists must unravel the mystery of Earth’s supernatural plague and contend with the rising, powerful villainous forces behind the siege – before it’s too late for all of mankind.

Actor Matt Ryan, who set the standard for the role of Constantine on the Warner Bros. live-action television series, returns to the role in animated form alongside Jason O’Mara (Terra Nova, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Batman, Camilla Luddington (Grey’s Anatomy) as Zatanna, Nicholas Turturro (NYPD Blue, Blue Bloods) as Deadman, Ray Chase (Final Fantasy XV videogame) as Jason Blood/Etrigan, Roger R. Cross (24, Arrow) as John Stewart/Swamp Thing, Jeremy Davies (Justified, Constantine) as Ritchie Simpson, Rosario Dawson (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Sin City) as Wonder Woman, Jerry O’Connell (Stand By Me, Crossing Jordan) as Superman, Enrico Colantoni (Flashpoint, Veronica Mars) as Felix Faust, and Alfred Molina (The Da Vinci Code, Spider-Man 2) as Destiny.

 

Justice League Dark is directed by Jay Oliva (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns). Story by J.M. DeMatteis and Ernie Altbacker (Green Lantern: The Animated Series) and teleplay by Ernie Altbacker. Sam Register is Executive Producer. Benjamin Melniker & Michael Uslan (The Dark Knight trilogy) are co-executive producers. James Tucker (Batman Bad Blood, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders) is Supervising Producer.

 

Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, Justice League Dark will be distributed February 7, 2017 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray™ Deluxe Giftset (featuring an exclusive Constantine figurine), Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD. The film will be available to own on Digital HD starting January 24, 2017.

 

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January 17th, 2017 by Cherry


I had the pleasure to hear about Colony at the 2015 SDCC where I interviewed some of the cast and executive producers of the series. It was a huge mystery since nobody hadseen much of the show (under tight wrap) but I do love a man in uniform with a jaunty red beret.

 

From the first episode of the show we were trapped behind a wall with an occupation military force that ruled with an iron fist. We had no idea how they had taken over or if we had any kind of government outside of the Los Angeles. We did know that people were resisting (hello Geronomo) but it felt like we were outgunned AND out-teched. I had no idea who was on what side or why. But the pace of the first season had me watching and of course thinking what would I do in that situation (be a mouse hiding in the shadow or a brave lion willing to fight). Really the only think I knew after looking at the occupation tech (those DRONES) was that we hadn’t been invaded by China or Russia and that some Americans were willing to sell out the country for power and money (remind you of anyone you know or may have voted for??).

SPOILER

My theory was finally confirmed with the season finale when we finally saw who was really in charge and where desedents were sent (NOT Kansas). But season 2 took us back to the days before life ended as we know it and I have to say I am incredibly impressed by premier. The pace was fast, we got to know the characters a lot better and also SEE what the heck happened. Even better I got to watch the premier with the cast and two executive producers (one of whom gave me a major clue about the upcoming season) as they and other fans reacted to the big reveals.
Will (Josh Holloway) is a pragmatist who’s FBI partner Devon (Carolyn Michelle Smith) might be dirty with kickbacks from Armenian criminals (the mob). Will is loyal so instead of reporting her he plans to ask for a transfer. Katie (Sarah Wayne Callis) is working at the Yonk and meets Broussard (Tory Kittles) for the first time after he returns to LA to care for his sick mother (well to say goodbye really). Well it turns out Alan Snyder (Peter Jacobson) is a low level manager with MAJOR sticky fingers trying to support two households (being divorced in LA is damned expensive) and a daughter that is ‘team Mom’ and is recruited to be in charge of LA.

Mix all of this into an hour and we have some major trouble brewing for S2 of Colony. We finally get to see the cast living normal LA lives in a sprawling city that has strangers that will eventually meet as friend and foe. It was a regular day with the kids in school and the youngest son on a field trip to Santa Monica. The first inkling something is wrong when the FBI office gets reports of people kidnapped/missing. Will and Devon go to investigate and realize that it wasn’t random. They both have the inkling it’s some sort of attack. Now I can’t blame Devon I’d want to get the heck out of dodge too when all the people who are on a secret list to be the first defense to get the country running all come up missing. While Will is concerned with his family and getting everyone in one central location that has food, water and security so he tells everyone to get to the Yonk. While Alan has a meeting with some ‘friendly’ people who like his style of graft and think that he’d be a great addition to the ‘new order’. Watching him meet the alien for the first time was mindblowing since it means this was a long term plan and that they had access to ALL of our databases .. hmm. I love how Alan was told he can
save his family and he grabs his daughter and leaves the ex like dirty dishwater (I don’t think the divorce was amicable!). Now that Will is searching for Charlie how will they get Bram (Alex Neustaedter) out of jail, keep the nutty babysitter from the kids and well stay alive???


I think what makes this S2 premier so effective is that it sets everything up for the season. We find out how the wall went up, that Alan really wasn’t that bad, Will is in Santa Monica looking for his wildling and gets to see his old partner Devon (is she still a friend???). As well as who will be in charge and how everything is going to shake out. I know that Madeline (Amanda Righetti)
hitched her wagon to a new star Burgess (Adrian Pasdar) to keep the insulin flowing to her child while still mourning the loss of her husband. That the rebellin has some hard information and scientists/tech that might finally be able to strike back (Geronimo is NOT dead) of course so will the aliens so might not end that well for Los Angeles. While Will is in Santa Monica how will Beau (Carl Weathers) and the other cops deal with squashing trouble from those pesky humans. I can’t wait to spend my Thursday (dateless) nights with my Colony and see what will happen next.

Leave a comment below what you think will happen this season on Colony?

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