October 21, 2016
        "Manchester by the Sea" leads the Gotham Award nominations                Tom Ford, Marc Platt and Kenneth Lonergan to be Honored at 20th Annual Hollywood Film Awards                Tom Cruise is in his action hero comfort zone with "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back"                "Moonlight" could be A24's big Oscar horse this year                Ewan McGregor steps behind the camera with "American Pastoral"                Hollywood Contenders: A second crack at Golden Globe predictions for 2016                "The Accountant" seeks to help give Ben Affleck another blockbuster                85 countries will be competing for Best Foreign Language Feature nominations at the Oscars                Tom Hanks to receive Hollywood Actor Award for "Sully" @ Hollywood Film Awards                "Certain Women" showcases Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, and Michelle Williams                Ben Affleck is perhaps Hollywood's biggest and most diverse superstar                "The Birth of a Nation" looks to survive controversy and contend for awards                "The Girl on the Train" hopes to transport Emily Blunt to the Oscar race                "The Jungle Book," "Zootopia" and Craft Artists to be Honored at the 20th Annual Hollywood Film Awards                Ben Affleck's "Live By Night" officially is a 2016 contender        

James Durbin Makes it to Santa Cruz

HollywoodNews.com: In a surprising turn of events, rocker James Durbin returns to Santa Cruz today for a special homecoming celebration. “Durbin Day” will include a visit with Durbin’s former “Kids on Broadway” theater group, a procession with the Santa Cruz High School marching band, and a stop at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk where Durbin joins old friends The White Album Ensemble for three songs on the Boardwalk’s beach bandstand.

“Originally, American Idol indicated that James’ return to Santa Cruz depended on him making it to the final 3 because of obligations to the show,” said Kris Reyes, community relations director for the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. “After the results Thursday night, we made a strong appeal to American Idol that he be allowed to attend his Santa Cruz homecoming as planned. Idol ultimately agreed,” he added.

“Our community is extremely proud of James, ” said Santa Cruz Mayor Ryan Coonerty. “And we’re excited that American Idol made this exception to allow him to return home to a big Santa Cruz welcome,” he said.

James’ connection to Santa Cruz has been felt worldwide. This morning, calls and emails flooded into the Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council, Santa Cruz City Hall, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce offices from Durbin fans as far away as Singapore who were disappointed with last night’s results.

“We are pleased that fans, both locally and from far away, will have the chance to celebrate with us during James’ visit to Santa Cruz,” said Maggie Ivy, Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council CEO.

For the latest information as the day’s events continue to develop, check the following Web sites for more informationwww.beachboardwalk.com

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