Marc Cabrera has nothing better to do than watch a lot of movies and television, and listen to a lot of music. Luckily, he has a job that pays him to blog about local and national arts, entertainment and pop culture. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Peninsula girl Amara Miller made a splash on the red carpet at the 2012 Academy Awards. She arrived and immediately turned heads in an original gown from Italian designer Valentino Garavani. @VanityFair observed :“Only at the #Oscars: The Descendants co-star Amara Miller, age 11, thanks her stylist for finding her white beaded Valentino Couture gown.”E! network personality Giuliana Rancic got the first interview with Miller on the red carpet. Rancic asked Miller about any advice she received from co-star George Clooney."This was the most important thing he gave me, "Wherever you go and whoever you meet, always treat people with kindness and humor," Miller said. Later on the red carpet, Miller was joined by her co-stars Nick Krause, Robert Forster and Matthew Lillard to chat with Ryan Seacrest.
Seacrest said to Miller "This has to got to be incredible for a young lady like yourself, Amara...""It's so exciting to be here and I'm so grateful to be on a project that's gotten this far,” said Miller.
"The Descendants" lost out on the night's top prize, best picture, to the silent film "The Artist." The film's screenwriters won for best adapted screenplay.
Exciting Bay Area Latino duo Bang Data perform Saturday at El Callejon in Salinas. Show starts at 9 p.m.
Consisting of MC Deuce Eclipse (Zion I crew) and producer Juan Manuel Caipo, the group has been making noise on the Bay Area Latin Alternative scene for a few years. Their eponymous single has been a popular draw on YouTube.
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In a town near Austin, Bliss Cavendar's strong-willed mom believes Bliss, at 17, can win pageants - the key to a happy life. Bliss isn't the beauty pageant type: she's shy, quiet, and has just one friend, Pash, her fellow waitress at a diner. Things change for Bliss when she discovers a women's roller derby league in Austin, tries out, proves to be whip fast, and makes a team. Now she needs to become someone tough on the rink, keep her parents from finding out where she goes twice a week, and do something about a first crush, on a musician she meets at the derby. Meanwhile, mom still sees Bliss as Miss Bluebonnet. Things are on a collision course; will everyone get banged up?
Luke Herzog, the 11-year-old son of local author Brad Herzog, will host a book-signing for his debut fantasy novel "Dragon Valley" Feb. 22 in Pacific Grove.
The event takes place at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Pacific Grove Library. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the library.
Luke Herzog's book is 203 pages and is being published through Why Not Books, which was formed by his parents Brad and Amy Herzog.
The back-page summary reads : In the year 2043, a renowned inventor unveils his master creation -- five scientifically spawned baby dragons. He leads them to a home, schools them in survival skills and hints at the magic that surrounds them. But can any creator retain total control over his creation? DRAGON VALLEY is an epic tale covering 1,000 years in the evolution of the dragons and their magical valley.