Carrie Fisher To Be Honored By The Midnight Mission

first_imgThe Midnight Mission proudly announces its Golden Heart Awards Gala and 2014 award recipients.The celebratory occasion will take place on Tuesday, September 30th, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and tickets can be purchased here.The evening commemorates The Midnight’s 100-year anniversary and recognizes famed writer and actress Carrie Fisher, Arlene Van Dyke, renowned make-up artist and wife of entertainer and 2005 Golden Heart honoree Dick Van Dyke and Denise Salazar, Richie Sambora’s longtime executive assistant.A surprise honoree for The Golden Heart of the Century award will also be announced the night of the gala. All will be recognized for their substantial contributions to The Midnight, as well as their personal advocacy on behalf of Los Angeles’ neediest population. American rock icon Richie Sambora and Australian guitar sensation Orianthi will deliver a musical performance. KLOS radio personality Gary Moore will provide the evening’s entertainment.Commemorating a century of service, The Golden Heart Awards Gala jointly honors The Midnight’s longstanding legacy to the City’s neediest, as well as those individuals whose contributions embrace the organization’s transformative spirit of giving. As Southern California’s premier social service provider, The Midnight marks its milestone by never missing a day of service since 1914.The Golden Heart Awards Gala begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction to raise support for The Midnight’s life-saving and life-changing services. The awards dinner following will recognize the exemplary service of individuals with The Midnight’s highest distinction, The Golden Heart Award.Previous awardees include individuals, organizations and businesses such as actor Tim Allen, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Clancy Imislund, LA Councilwoman Jan Perry, musician Tom Petty, The Staples Center Foundation, The Annenberg Foundation, and Nestlé USA, Inc., among many others.Celebrities, individuals and organizations are invited to join as sponsors or purchase a seat at $350 or a table for $3000. Contributions will benefit The Midnight’s vital community programs, including job training, tutoring, health and wellness, 12-step recovery program, emergency services and more.last_img read more

Shania Twain Kate Upton to guest on RuPauls Drag Race

first_imgAdvertisement Stephen Colbert, Andy Cohen and Cheyenne Jackson will make special appearances on the show in which 14 drag queens compete for the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar” and a grand prize of $100,000.“RuPaul’s Drag Race” returns at 8 p.m. EDT Thursday, March 22. Each 90-minute episode will be followed by the post-show “RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked.” Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 10th season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is set to include high-octane visitors.VH1 said Thursday that Shania Twain, Kate Upton, Christina Aguilera and Lena Dunham will serve as guest judges.Among the other guest judges: Audra McDonald, Courtney Love, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, Billy Eichner, Halsey, Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, Andrew Rannells and Padma Lakshmi. Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

Rikard Steiber HTCs senior vicepresident of VR

first_imgRikard SteiberHTC’s senior vice-president of VR, Rikard Steiber, predicted virtual reality will “change the world” as he outlined a number of technological innovations happening in this space.Speaking at IBC over the weekend, Steiber, who is president of Viveport and SVP of virtual reality at HTC Vive, described VR as the portal that will take us between the real and imaginary worlds and said that “anything is possible in VR”.“I believe that virtual reality is going to change the world – not just for us as consumers, but us as an industry,” he said. “For the first time ever we’re going to democratise experiences.”Delivering a keynote presentation about ‘what’s happening in VR, AR and mixed reality’, Steiber said that though we are still in the very early stages of this technology, there are number of innovations coming that will help to achieve “true presence” – tricking your brain into thinking that  “the virtual world is the real world”.These include a next generation of haptic suits that will allow users to feel real physical sensations from their virtual experiences – for instance with the forthcoming full-body Teslasuit. Advanced trackers with motion sensors will also help make the imaginary world seem more realistic in VR.  However, Steiber predicted eye-tracking would be “the real breakthrough”.“Eye tracking is going to be a game changer,” he said. “The reason is that when we interact with computers today you’re probably pointing and clicking at something, but very very soon, within the next year, you’ll be able to just look at something to select it or interact with it.”Steiber said this feature would be very important for users to feel a connection with one another in social VR – one of the many promising areas for VR alongside the likes of education and gaming,  which will benefit from the launch of a number of high profile VR titles later this year such as Fallout 4 VR, Doom VFR and LA Noire: The VR Case Fiiles.He also predicted that while most VR experiences today are downloaded and played, soon there will streaming VR experiences, allowing users to use VR with the same ease that they can watch Netflix or listen to music on Spotify.In terms of device types, Steiber said that HTC’s new standalone Daydream-powered devices – which were announced early this year but are yet to launch – will provide a third category in between high-end PC-tethered headsets and low-end smartphone-powered cardboard offerings.“Later on this year we’re launching a standalone device, which means that you don’t need a phone or you don’t need a PC, you just put on the device, which is going to be more convenient for many use-cases,” he said.“What’s interesting with virtual reality is that we’re kind of reducing the distance between the real world and the imaginary world and VR becomes this portal that takes us through that.“The technology that makes this possible is using both our visionary senses, our auditory [senses], but also our body. We can move around. What happens then is that our brain gets so much sensory input that it thinks that the virtual world is actually the real world.”last_img read more