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Hollywood Home Movies

Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will kick off a weekend of home movie-related events on Saturday, October 15, at noon, with "Home Movie Day: A Celebration of Amateur Films and Filmmaking." At 7 p.m., the Academy will present "Hollywood Home Movies III: Treasures from the Academy Film Archive Collection," and then on Sunday, October 16, at 7 p.m., the weekend will conclude with "Amateur Night: Home Movies from American Archives." All three programs will take place at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.

Home Movie Day is a celebration of amateur films and filmmaking held annually on the third Saturday in October at many venues worldwide. These local events provide an opportunity for individuals and families to see and share their own home movies with an audience of their community, and to see their neighbors' in turn. The Academy Film Archive organizes the Los Angeles-area event, which will be hosted this year by author and humorist Charles Phoenix. Film check-in is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and screenings will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please contact Brian Drischell at bdrischell@oscars.org or Sean Savage at ssavage@oscars.org. For more information on Home Movie Day events

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Automation systems come home for more people
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Western Digital debuts media player with Wi-Fi, Spotify app
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Miramax CEO: Consumers want to own movies
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Discovery gives major ad, promo push for OWN "reset"
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LA Opera Presents Charles Gounod's

Roméo et Juliette

Nino Machaidze and Vittorio Grigolo to Sing Leading Roles;
Plácido Domingo to Conduct

(Los Angeles, CA) October 7, 2011 – Plácido Domingo, LA Opera’s Eli and Edythe Broad General Director, announced that LA Opera will present Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, opening at 2pm on Sunday, November 6, 2011, and running for six performances through Saturday, November 26. “When we first presented Roméo et Juliette in 2005, it proved to be one of our most successful productions,” said Mr. Domingo. “I am looking forward to conducting this opera again, with original director Ian Judge returning to stage the revival. I am also very happy to present two wonderful artists in the leading roles: Nino Machaidze as Juliette and Vittorio Grigolo in his Company debut as Roméo.”

Roméo et Juliette blends the intoxicating romance of French opera with the story of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, whose secret love affair blossoms against an epic backdrop of fierce family rivalries. Gounod’s opera thrills the eyes and ears with exquisite arias and duets, dramatic choruses, and swirling waltzes that fill the stage.

World-Class Cast Featured in Signature Production
Plácido Domingo conducts the highly anticipated return of one of LA Opera’s landmark productions. Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo makes his West Coast operatic debut as Roméo, with Georgian soprano Nino Machaidze returning as Juliette after recent LA Opera triumphs in The Elixir of Love and The Turk in Italy. The cast also includes Ukrainian bass Vitalij Kowaljow as Frère Laurent, Russian baritone Vladimir Chernov as Count Capulet and bass-baritone Philip Cokorinos as the Duke of Verona. Italian mezzo-soprano Elena Belfiore makes her LA Opera debut as Stéphano. Mezzo-soprano Ronnita Nicole Miller, an alumna of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program, returns as Juliette’s nurse, Gertrude, and two current members of the program, Korean baritone Museop Kim and Russian tenor Alexey Sayapin, perform the roles of Mercutio and Tybalt.

Director Ian Judge created this staging of Roméo et Juliette for LA Opera in 2005, with scenery designed by John Gunter and costumes designed by Tim Goodchild. Three other members of the original creative team will return for this season’s revival: lighting designer Nigel Levings, choreographer Kitty McNamee and fight choreographer Ed Douglas. The associate conductor and chorus master is Grant Gershon.

Performance Dates and Times
LA Opera’s performances of Roméo et Juliette will take place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90012, on the following dates:

  • Sunday, November 6, at 2pm
  • Wednesday, November 9, at 7:30pm
  • Saturday, November 12, at 7:30pm
  • Thursday, November 17, at 7:30pm
  • Sunday, November 20, at 2pm
  • Saturday, November 26, at 2pm

Tickets range from $20 to $270 and can be purchased at the LA Opera Box Office at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, by phone at (213) 972-8001 or online at www.laopera.com. For disability access, call (213) 972-0777 or email wehelpyou@laopera.com.