The HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARDS to be Broadcast Live From the Hollywood Palladium, Friday, Nov. 14 on CBS

    The “Hollywood Film Awards” today announced that multi-talented Academy and Emmy Award nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning actress, Grammy Award-winning musician and talk show host Queen Latifah, will host the inaugural broadcast of the HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARDS, live from the Hollywood Palladium Friday, November 14, 2014 (8:00-10:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.  The “Hollywood Film Awards” has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 17 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. They are considered the official launch of the awards season.

“I’m honored to be a part of such a legendary award show,” stated Latifah. “The HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARDS have been a staple in the awards season for years, and I’m excited to be the first host to bring them to television!”

“Queen Latifah is the real deal. She is a triple threat – she can act, she can sing, she can dance – she is beloved by audiences across multiple genres and she entertains millions of people every day,” said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President of Specials, Music and Live Events for CBS. “We look forward to having her as our host for the inaugural broadcast of the HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARDS.”

“Queen Latifah is a world-class entertainer,” said Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Producer of the Hollywood Film Awards. “From film and music to television, her humor, quick wit and ability to entertain live audiences make her the perfect choice to host the HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARDS.”

Latifah was anointed hip-hop’s first lady of rap at the age of 19 with the release of her highly successful debut album, “All Hail The Queen.” She went on to release multiple Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling albums, and in 2006 she became the first hip-hop artist to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Latifah has enjoyed similar success in television and film. Her first TV series was “Living Single,” and she has starred in nearly 40 films, including, “Jungle Fever,” “Living Out Loud,” “The Bone Collector,” “Chicago,” “Hairspray,” “Bringing Down the House,” “The Secret Life of Bees,” “Last Holiday,” “Beauty Shop” and “Joyful Noise.” Also, she executive produced and starred in the HBO true-life drama, “Life Support,” for which she won a Golden Globe award, a SAG award and an Emmy nomination. Her production company, Flavor Unit Entertainment, was founded in 1993 with partner Shakim Compere. The Miami-based studio currently has several films and television series in production, including VH1’s “Single Ladies” and the upcoming The CW reality show, “The Star Next Door.” Additionally, Latifah has written two best-selling books on self-esteem and designed a successful clothing and beauty line for HSN. Currently, she is the host of “The Queen Latifah Show,” a daily syndicated talk show, which she is producing with Shakim Compere and Overbrook Entertainment’s Will Smith, Jada Smith and James Lassiter.

Over its 17 year history, the Hollywood Film Awards has celebrated some of the biggest names in film.  Previous honorees include:  Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Annette Bening, Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Glenn Close, Russell Crowe, Penelope Cruz,  Robert DeNiro, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kirk Douglas, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Jodie Foster,  Morgan Freeman, Richard Gere, Dustin Hoffman, Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie, Diane Keaton, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence, Jack Lemon, Matthew McConaughey, Julianne Moore, Sean Penn, Joaquin Phoenix, Julia Roberts, Geoffrey Rush, Susan Sarandon,  Hilary Swank, John Travolta, Christoph Waltz, Naomi Watts, Forest Whitaker, Michelle Williams and Robin Williams among others.

The HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARDS kicks off at 7:30 PM live ET/delayed PT on CBS with a special half-hour red carpet show featuring fashion and interviews with the stars as they arrive. Following the HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARDS broadcast, the festivities will continue with a live one-hour show that will feature interviews with honorees and look back at the evening’s highlights. “CBS This Morning” anchors Charlie Rose, Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King will host from the Hollywood Palladium, (10:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT).

The Hollywood Film Awards, founded in 1997 by Carlos de Abreu, who also executive produces, is produced by dick clark productions.  Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, Mark Bracco and R. A. Clark are executive producers along with de Abreu.

CBS Extended Primetime Schedule for Friday, Nov. 14:

7:30-8:00 PM          (live ET/delayed PT)    Hollywood Film Awards Red Carpet                                               Pre-Show (working title)
8:00-10:00 PM        (live ET/delayed PT)    HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARDS
10:00-11:00 PM      (live ET/delayed PT)    “CBS This Morning” Post-Awards                                                   Show (working title)

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dick clark productions (dcp) is among the world’s largest producers and proprietors of televised live event programming. dcp produces perennial hits such as the “American Music Awards,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.” Weekly television programming, includes “So You Think You Can Dance” from 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group, and dick clark productions; as well as “Rising Star” and the upcoming “Boom!” from Keshet DCP, the joint venture between Keshet International (KI), the global distribution and production arm of Keshet Media Group, and DC Media, the parent company of dick clark productions (dcp). In 2014, dcp will debut the “American Country Countdown Awards” (FOX), “Hollywood Film Awards (CBS) and “The PEOPLE MAGAZINE Awards” (NBC). dcp also owns one of the world’s most  unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries with more than 55 years of dcp’s award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances, and legendary programming. For additional information, visit

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Say “Hello” to Karmin this Memorial Day Weekend at Fremont Street Experience


Say “Hello” to Karmin this Memorial Day Weekend at Fremont Street Experience

Genre-Bending Pop Duo Karmin extends #PulsesTour to include FREE performance during Rock of Vegas Summer Concert Series on May 24 

Say “Hello” to the genre-bending pop duo Karmin (Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan) as they perform a free a concert Memorial Day Weekend at Fremont Street Experience. An extension of the duo’s current #PulsesTour, Karmin will take Fremont Street Experience’s 1st Street Stage on Saturday, May 24 at 9 p.m. as part of the Rock of Vegas summer concert series. With hit songs such as “I Want It All,” “Crash Your Party,” “Look at Me Now” and “I Told You So,” Karmin’s performance is one that is sure to not leave audiences “Brokenhearted” at the end of the night.

“Every year the lineup for Fremont Street Experience’s Rock of Vegas concert series gets better and by kicking off the summer with an artist of Karmin’s caliber, this year is no exception,” said Jeff Victor, president at Fremont Street Experience. “There’s no better way to celebrate the official start of summer this Memorial Day Weekend than listening to a great artist underneath the neon lights of the Viva Vision canopy.”

Every May-September Fremont Street Experience transforms Downtown Las Vegas into the hottest place to be with the Rock of Vegas summer concert series; one of the most popular summertime events in Las Vegas featuring four months of rockin’ nightly entertainment, free headliner concerts and Viva Vision shows. This year’s concert series kicks off Sunday, May 18 with Marianas Trench and will also include the Summerland Tour 2014: Featuring Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6 and Space Hog on July 18. Additional bands to be announced soon.


In the three years since Karmin’s Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan signed to Epic Records, the duo has been on a wild ride. They have earned accolades from hip-hop heavy hitters The Roots’ Questlove, Diplo, Jermaine Dupree, and The Game, performed more than 600 live shows, racked up nearly a billion collective views of their eye-popping videos (fueled by the devotion of millions of loyal fans around the world, who call themselves “Karminites”), scored the double-platinum hit “Brokenhearted” off their 2012 EP Hello, and appeared on popular shows including Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Queen Latifah Show, ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and a performance of iHeartRadio Festival. Amy Heidemann was also featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in September 2012.

After the wildly successful summertime hit single “Acapella,” a gold-certified hit, the duo released their debut full-length album Pulses on March 25, 2014. The current hit single “I Want it All” recently hit Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 at #39. The wildly popular #PulsesTour in support of the album was recently extended to include additional dates, including the May 24 performance at Fremont Street Experience.

About Fremont Street Experience
Fremont Street Experience, a five-block entertainment district located in historic downtown Las Vegas features Viva Vision, the world’s largest video screen – 1,500 feet long, 90 feet wide and suspended 90 feet above the urban pedestrian mall. Viva Vision features nightly spectacular light and sounds shows with 12.5 million LED lights and a 550,000-watt sound system.  Fremont Street Experience is a one-of-a-kind venue that includes free nightly concerts and entertainment on three stages. With  direct pedestrian access to 8 casinos, more than 60 restaurants and specialty retail kiosks, Fremont Street Experience attracts more than 17 million annual visitors. Visit online at, Facebook: or Twitter:

Jersey Boys Performs on “The Queen Latifah Show” Tomorrow, March 11



Cast members from the Las Vegas company of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical JERSEY BOYS will perform on “The Queen Latifah Show” tomorrow, Tuesday, March 11.  The show airs in the Las Vegas area at 2 p.m. on KTNV-TV.  Check local listings for other locations. The Las Vegas cast stars Travis Cloer (Frankie Valli), Jeff Leibow (Nick Massi), Deven May (Tommy DeVito) and Rob Marnell (Bob Gaudio). The show has been seen by more than 19 million people worldwide (as of January, 2014) and is currently playing in New York; Las Vegas; London; in cities across the U.S. on a National Tour, The Netherlands and Seoul, South Korea. JERSEY BOYS performs in Las Vegas at the Paris Théâtre at Paris Las Vegas on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday at 7 p.m.; Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; Saturday at 5 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. and is dark on Monday. Ticket prices range from $48-$168 plus all applicable taxes and LET fees. JERSEY BOYS is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were thirty. The show features such hits as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” “Oh, What a Night” and many more.