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Michelle Obama Announces 10-City Tour To Launch Memoir, ‘Becoming’

Michelle Obama is proud and excited about her forthcoming memoir, Becoming — but as the Nov. 13 release date draws nearer, the former first lady admits she’s also “a little frightened” about how “candid and honest and open” she is in the book.

“Over this time that I’ve been out of the White House, I’ve had time to think and reflect for the first time in a long time. I spent some time really thinking about the people, the stories and the experiences that have shaped me and helped me become the person I am today,” Obama, 54, explains.

“I am proud of what I’ve created. I’m proud because it is candid, it’s honest, it is totally and utterly me. So I’m also a little frightened because it is so candid and honest and open,” she adds.

That said, Obama is eager to share her book with the world — and to see how it empowers readers.

“I’m hoping that, because of this book, others feel the power of their own voice and their own story,” Obama says. “Not in the big moments, but in the little things, the small moments, the bumps, the bruises, the highs and the lows — because those are the things that make us uniquely who we are.”

On Wednesday, Obama also announced an upcoming 10-city tour to promote her book:

Tuesday, November 13, Chicago, United Center

Thursday, November 15, Los Angeles, The Forum 

Saturday, November 17, Washington DC, Capital One Arena

Saturday, November 24, Boston, TD Garden

Thursday, November 29, Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center

Saturday, December 1, Brooklyn, Barclays Center

Tuesday, December 11, Detroit, Little Caesars Arena

Thursday, December 13, Denver, Pepsi Center Arena

Friday, December 14, San Jose, SAP Center

Monday, December 17, Dallas, American Airlines Center

Tickets for the event will be sold through Ticketmaster’s “verified fan” system, with 10 percent of the seats in each venue given away free to fans and local community members who might not be able to afford tickets. For the first stop on Nov. 13, in Obama’s hometown of Chicago, this means 1,300 tickets will be given away to community members. Individual ticket prices start as low as $29.50, and signed book bundles and VIP tickets will be available as well.

The events will feature candid conversations between Obama and a selection of to-be-announced moderators — that she says will include some famous friends and family members — about the experiences that have shaped her life, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago, to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time as the first African-American first lady in U.S. history.

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The Magic Show Featuring Justin Willman Is Coming To The Hollywood Roosevelt

Justin Willman is a magician known for multiple appearances on The Tonight Show, Ellen, Conan, and @Midnight. He’s performed live at the White House for the Obama Family, and his online videos have racked up over 50 million views, and his new series Magic for Humans just premiered on Netflix to rave reviews.

The Magic Show at The Roosevelt is an intimate, immersive experience featuring Justin’s most incredible magic – performed live on stage. You’ll have to see it to disbelieve it. Over 90 minutes, you’ll witness amazing, hilarious, remarkable magic – in a breathtaking, historic theater space.

The Magic Show is housed in a hidden, unmarked theater just steps away from the hotel lobby. You may have walked by it without even knowing it’s there. The mystery begins before you even enter the room. Once inside, you’ll experience magic and genuine astonishment unlike anything you’ve seen before.

Created in collaboration with The Hollywood Roosevelt and Theory 11, The Magic Show at The Roosevelt will officially open on October 5th.

Please click HERE for more information or to purchase tickets. I’m going October 6th, so hopefully I’ll see you there!

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Just Announced: D23 Expo 2019 Ticket Prices, Plus Haunted Mansion-Themed Design Contest & the Return of Mousequerade

Mark your calendars! On Thursday, August 23, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club will begin selling tickets for the next D23 Expo, which will take place August 23–25, 2019, at the Anaheim Convention Center. The largest Disney fan event in the world, D23 Expo celebrates all the wonderful worlds of The Walt Disney Company under one roof, including the best of Disney, Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars across film, television, theme parks, products, online, music, live entertainment, and more. D23 Expo 2019 marks the sixth biennial Expo held in Anaheim.

Everything You Need to Know About Tickets

Tickets for D23 Expo 2019 go on sale on August 23. This year, discounted single-day and multi-day tickets for D23 Expo 2019 will be available exclusively to D23 Gold Members, and Gold Members who purchase their tickets from August 23–November 20, 2018 will enjoy an additional special “Early Bird” discount.

D23 Gold Family Members can save as much as $288 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Gold Member “Early Bird” rate.

General admission tickets are $89 for a one-day adult admission and $69 for children. Three-day money-saving tickets are also available.

If you’re already counting down the days until D23 Expo 2019, start your Disney celebration early with exclusive merchandise available from August 23 until December 31, only when you buy your tickets to D23 Expo!

Discounted hotel and Disneyland Resort park tickets are available to all Expo ticket purchasers. For more information on tickets and the ticket prices for Gold Members and general admission, visit D23expo.com.

A limited number of VIP Sorcerer Packages for D23 Expo 2019 will be available exclusively to both D23 Gold and Gold Family Members at $2,500 per ticket. The full list of Sorcerer benefits can be found here.

Members can purchase up to two Sorcerer tickets. Additional details and a complete list of Sorcerer Package benefits are highlighted at D23expo.com.

D23 Gold and Gold Family Members will also be entitled to special benefits throughout the weekend including exclusive discounts and offers at select Disney retail and partner locations; a commemorative gift; and limited priority queueing for Hall D23 and the Expo Arena. Stay tuned for announcements about these magical opportunities in the coming months—but if you’re looking for more Disney magic right now, visit D23.com/join to join D23 and enjoy these future benefits.

Every year, D23 Expo brings more and more Disney magic to the fans who come from all around the world to celebrate. Here are some of the exciting things you can look forward to, just announced today:

All the Magic of Disney on One Show Floor:

Once again, the Expo will celebrate the past, present, and future of Disney with signature entertainment, celebrity appearances, panels, presentations, sneak peeks, and immersive experiences. A massive show floor will feature exhibits, shopping, and photo opportunities from all across Disney and its partners.

The Disney magic extends from the show floor to the stage, as D23 Expo 2019 will showcase all of the latest stars in the Disney universe in a variety of panels and experiences that fans can’t miss. In 2017, celebrity appearances included Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Whoopi Goldberg, Jordan Fisher, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Hamill, Kristen Bell, Chris Hemsworth, Mandy Moore, and the stars of Disney’s Descendants. Additionally, Disney executives and creative talent came together to deliver special presentations, announcements, and experiences to Disney fans throughout the three-day extravaganza.

New Disney Legends, Archives Exhibit, and More

One of the essential traditions of D23 Expo is the Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, honoring the talented men and women who have made indelible contributions to the Disney legacy. Last year, we honored Mark Hamill, Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Carrie Fisher, and more of the magic makers who have helped shaped Disney through the years. Who will be announced as Disney Legends next? Stay tuned for future announcements on D23 Expo 2019’s honorees.

Additionally, one of D23 Expo’s can’t-miss experiences is an extraordinary exhibit presented by the Walt Disney Archives. D23 Expo 2017 featured a swashbuckling look at the history of Disney and pirates and our friends at the Walt Disney Archives are hard at work right now putting together an exhibit for D23 Expo 2019 that is sure to be packed full of stunning Disney history and memories.

Also returning to D23 Expo 2019 is Talent Central, where fans can meet their favorite Disney stars, and a daily parade on the show floor, which debuted at D23 Expo 2017 to rousing celebration.

Ashley Eckstein and Yvette Nicole Brown Return to Judge Mousequerade

One of the most stunning parts of every D23 Expo is seeing the talented Disney fans in their amazing costumes, celebrating their favorite characters from Disney’s broad history. For D23 Expo 2019, the Mousequerade costume contest is back with actress Yvette Nicole Brown and fashion designer Ashley Eckstein returning as judges for the popular event, which includes dozens of eye-popping creations from fans around the world.

A Ghoulishly Delightful Design Challenge

The D23 Expo 2019 Design Challenge will be themed to the fan-favorite attraction Haunted Mansion, which first opened at Disneyland in 1969 and will be celebrating its 50th anniversary next year. Fans are encouraged to create ghoulishly delightful designs—from paintings and drawings to sculptures and models—inspired by the beloved attraction and its 999 happy haunts. Twenty-three pieces of finalist artwork will be on display throughout the D23 Expo weekend at a gallery on the show floor. The winning artist will be chosen prior to the start of the D23 Expo and will receive a cash prize of $2,300. Details for Mousequerade and the Design Challenge will be revealed this fall, so make sure to check back and find out more about this frighteningly exciting opportunity.

So much exciting news was announced today, but wait—even more announcements about the ultimate Disney fan event will be coming, so stay tuned! For the latest news and updates about D23 Expo 2019, visit d23expo.com.

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Celebrate The World’s Greatest Detective On Batman Day – September 15, 2018

DC Entertainment has announced new details for Batman Day 2018. Now in its fifth year, the fan-favorite holiday will take place on September 15, 2018 and include Batman-themed events at thousands of comic book retailers, bookstores, schools and libraries worldwide. Key Batman Day partners include Barnes & Noble, Indigo, Books-A-Million and more. Fans around the world are invited to join DC in honoring this iconic Super Hero.

As part of the Batman Day festivities, fans who visit participating retailers will receive the first chapter of Batman: White Knight, written and drawn by Sean Murphy, a month ahead of the collected edition release. The book will also feature a preview of another upcoming DC Black Label title Batman: Damned by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo.

Younger fans can pick up a free copy of the first chapter of Batman: A Lot of :i’l Gotham.

In addition to comic books, DC is providing retailers access to an assortment of additional offerings to help in the celebration of Batman Day, including a fun online activity kit.

Digital readers are invited to celebrate The Dark Knight with the Batman Day digital sale from September 11-17. The event will include hundreds of Batman eBooks on sale for $4.99 or $5.99 on ReadDC.com, comiXology.com, Google Play, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook and iTunes.

DC is continuing its partnership with publishers such as HarperCollins, Random House Children’s Books, Penguin Random House, DK, Simon & Schuster and Scholastic to bring Batman Day celebrations to thousands of book stores, comic retailers and libraries.

Following Batman Day, DC will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Dark Knight with a year-long celebration in 2019. On March 30, 1939, artist Bob Kane with writer Bill Finger gave life to Batman in Detective Comics #27.

In 2019, DC will celebrate the publishing milestone of the comic book series’ monumental 1000th issue as well as Batman’s 80th Anniversary. More details on the year-long celebration will be released in the coming months.

For the latest Batman Day information visit DCComics.com/batmanday.

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Marvel Pop! PEZ Event At BoxLunch Irvine Spectrum On August 25, 2018

To celebrate the debut of the Marvel Pop! PEZ series, BoxLunch has partnered with Funko to host a fun-filled, fan-focused event at the BoxLunch Irvine Spectrum store, on August 25th from 10am to 4pm. 

The event includes a rare meet-and-greet and signing with Funko CEO Brian Mariotti, guest appearances by Freddy Funko and members of the Funko Funkast team, giveaways including a life-size PEZ statue that will be given away to a lucky fan on-site, live DJ and more!

The Marvel Pop! PEZ series launches first at BoxLunch and Hot Topic this August before making its way to other retailers in the following months.

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The 49 Boxes – An Immersive Exploration of Magic & Illusion

The 49 Boxes is a social, story-driven experience where audiences interact with artifacts from the Golden Age of Magic in order to solve mysteries that have been kept secret for more than half a century.  This doesn’t happen around you…it happens because of you.

The 49 Boxes was created by Michael Borys, the award-winning designer and Alex Lieu, a pioneer in immersive storytelling and entertainment.

Ushers guide guests through a long since used door and into a magic parlor – a soundtrack plays music from days of old.   Very few people have ever laid eyes on this inner sanctum of history, story and experience.

Countless wooden boxes of different shapes, textures and sizes adorn tables that flank a low stage.  At the center of it all, one spotlight focuses on a large, Wooden Box that’s been sealed tight by 19 strange locks from around the world – What could these ancient boxes contain?

When the last of the guests have found their seats, a well dressed host arrives and explains the history of The 49 Boxes – this collection was the final trick up the sleeve of the greatest creator of handcrafted magic apparatus the world has ever known. The “Creator” was responsible for one of a kind devices.  But he was most famous for having a client list comprised of every major magician from The Golden Age of Magic – including Harry Houdini.

 

Michael Carbonarro

Neil Patrick Harris

 

Photo credit: Dan Hamilton

Audiences will get the rare opportunity to handle The Creator’s inventions and complete his mysterious challenge –  to use the boxes and magical artifacts he left behind to open the mysterious Wooden Box with 19 locks and learn his final secret.

But to do this, the guests at this gathering must use their wits and creativity –  and most importantly, they must work together as a collaborative whole.  No one person will discover the secrets and keys needed to get inside the mysterious, Large, Wooden Box.

For more information or to order Los Angeles tickets to this mysterious once in a lifetime event, please click HERE.

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Apple Announces WWDC 2018

Apple has officially announced details for its 29th Annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which will be held from June 4 – 8, 2018, once again at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. 

Registration has already opened today and the opportunity to purchase tickets will once again be offered by random selection, and only those who are members of the Apple Developer Program as of today will be eligible to register for the conference, and registration will close on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. PDT.

Apple will hold a keynote event on Monday, June 4, where we will get our first glimpse at new software products and perhaps some new hardware. Rumors suggest Apple could use the event to introduce new lower-cost MacBook Air models and refreshed iPad Pro models equipped with Face ID. 

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Father Daughter Dance Short Film Co-Written By Owen King & Mark Jude Poirier Playing At The San Pedro International Film Festival

“Father-Daughter Dance,” a short film co-written be Mark Jude Poirier and Owen King, will be playing at the San Pedro International Film Festival at 3PM on October 8th. It stars Robert Anthony Peters (The Pursuit of Happyness), Jennifer Lafleur (Big Little Lies), and Jerry Rocha (The Gentleman Jerry Rocha).

A short description of the film is as follows:

Because of his wife’s newfound religion and his daughter’s recent ascent into teen-dom, Lee feels like an interloper in his own life.

More information about the festival and tickets can be found HERE. If you love film and want to support this local San Pedro event, please make an effort to come. I’ll see you there!

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Extraordinary: Stan Lee Event To Be Held At The Saban Theatre On August 22, 2017

Heavyweights of the comic book world and the elite of the entertainment industry will gather together on August 22nd at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles for a once-in-a-lifetime tribute to the world’s most iconic creator, Stan Lee. Unlike career-focused tributes, Extraordinary: Stan Lee will take a nostalgic and sentimental look at the life of this icon through a wide-angle lens in the vein of “This Is Your Life”.

Celebrity guests will be on hand to give thanks through retrospective segments highlighting different periods in Mr. Lee’s life. The tribute provides a unique opportunity for stories to come to light of how Stan Lee has influenced, touched and inspired lives and creative endeavors.

“Back when I started writing, I never could have dreamed that someday these little characters I thought up would connect with so many people in so many places, let alone on the silver screen…I’m just floored,” said Mr. Lee. “I’m so lucky to have such great friends and supportive fans who continue to inspire me and have kept me going.”

Tickets for Extraordinary: Stan Lee live at the Saban Theatre (1,800 seats) will be available through Ticketmaster starting at $95.00 for general seats to $350.00 for VIP seats and meet & greet. The ceremony will also be streamed live to movie theater venues across the country (tickets will go on sale in July), allowing real-time access for fans outside of Los Angeles to share this truly extraordinary experience. In-Theater Live and Agents of Mayhem are producing the tribute event in partnership with Stan Lee Collectibles.

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Stan Lee Is Getting A Tony Stark-Style Bash For His 95th Birthday Celebration

Few figures in comics have a legacy quite like Stan Lee‘s. Alongside Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and John Romita, Lee co-created almost all of Marvel’s biggest heroes, including Spider-Man, the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, Hulk, and the X-Men. Lee is a true living legend, and this year, he’s going to get his due.

On July 18th, Legion M and fans from around the world are coming together to celebrate Lee’s 95th birthday, his 78th year in the comic book industry, and the 70th anniversary of his wedding to Joan Lee. To mark the occasion, there’s an epic party starting at 11 am at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Hollywood, where Lee will make an impression of his handprints in cement that will be placed alongside Hollywood luminaries from the past and present.

Check out the poster for the event, which will also be available as a limited edition.

The poster was designed by Bryan Morton (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Paul Shipper (Doctor Strange). It’s a terrific image that features Lee doing his best Spider-Man impression, and it really captures his spirit. But this is just the beginning of Lee’s big day. We are thrilled to exclusively announce that Legion M is also putting on a massive afterparty for Lee in the Hollywood Hills at a 9,000 square foot mansion fit for Iron Man himself. It’s already been dubbed the Stark Mansion Bash, and it’s going to be a semiformal event that will feature performers, professional cosplayers, and even the chance to participate in a massive group photo with Lee and the rest of the guests.

To learn how you can participate in this event, check out Legion M’s official page.

Reprinted from Nerdist

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