Entertainment:  Emmy nominations, Nicole Scherzinger, SXSW meet & greets, Kuana proposal

Entertainment:  Emmy Nominations, Nicole Scherzinger, SXSW Meet & Greets & Kuana Proposal

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Emmy nominations for the top television drama and comedy series were announced this morning.  'Game of Thrones' led the pack...earning a total of  23 nominations, including best drama series.  Others On that list: "Better Call Saul"; "Downton Abbey"; "Homeland"; "House Of Cards"; "Mr. Robot"; and "The Americans".  For best comedy series: "black-ish"; "Master Of None"; "Modern Family"; "Silicon Valley"; "Transparent"; "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"; "Veep".  FX's "The People versus O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story," received 22 nominations.  Check out the full list.

Today France is celebrating its Independence day...Known as Bastille Day.  Local girl Nicole Scherzinger celebrated with the French in solidarity...posting this photos on her instagram.  It read "La Fête Nationale #bastille day #arcdetriomphe #paris"  It's her in front of the Arch of Triomph in Paris on the Champs-Elysees.

There are going to be a series of meetings starting today on Maui at the UH Maui Campus.  Phil Tripp from SXSW is doing a series of meets and greets.  This is all in association with the 31st SXSW Conference & festivals to be held next March in Austin, Texas.  SXSW is HUGE as there are over 2000 official invited artists performing over five nights in 100plus venues.  They're not only looking for music artist, but filmakers, interactive multimedia and more.  Artist like Jake, Anuhea, HAPA, Irie Love is just the short list of many who have participated.  No charge, space is limited - RSVP at tripp@sxsw.com.  Meetings in Kona and Honolulu - more details at the bottom of this entertainment report.

Hawaiian Musician Kuana Torres kahele was on Maui...and shared a very special proposal.  Kahele says ""Aloha everybody. I am whispering because I am here in Makena, Poolenalena Beach on Maui and this couple, this guy is gong to go pop the question to his girlfriend. ANd if she says yes and all goes well then I gotta go sing Lava for them. They are right over there. So if she says yes we have a song. If she says no I going back home."  We also showed video as he popped the question...she said yes.  Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Mayo

Information on SXSW Meets and Greets:  

Phil Tripp from SXSW (pronounced South by Southwest) is doing a series of SXSW Meet 'n' Greets in Kahului, Kona and Honolulu in advance of the 31st SXSW Conference & Festivals (incorporating Interactive, Music and Film) to be held March 10-19, 2017 in Austin Texas.

SXSW wants to meet with creative content industry professionals in July to invite you to this crucial event. It's geared to bands looking to showcase in 2017 (Over 2000 official invited artists perform over five nights in 100+ venues and innumerable day shows), film makers hoping to enter their works in screenings and those working in the digital economy wanting to break through at all levels of creative content.

SXSW routinely attract tens of thousands of interactive multimedia and online content pros, music artists of all contemporary genres, game developers, startups, VCs and thought leaders in the incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity.

Artist and film submissions for showcasing start June 28 online only at http://sxsw.com while Interactive Panel Picker applications also open that day. Registrations open August 1.

Tripp will be able to give valuable tips on how to be selected along with those previous attendees who used SXSW as their launchpad in successful career arcs. Hawaiian artists have featured in the past few years (Anuhea, HAPA, Irie Love, Jake Shimabukuro, John Cruz, Mike Love, Mr. Carmack, One Right Turn, Pimpbot, David Tamaoko and The Green as examples).

Leading companies have attended as delegates (Occupop, Hawaiian Intl. Film Festival, POW! WOW!, Lux, Wremix, eHawaii.gov, Maui County Film Office, Makaha Studios and WorldSound are among a hundred others); but Tripp says "we want to open SXSW more to the rich variety of talent from the islands--musical and digital and film/TV), hence these meetings including both invited veterans and potential first-timers.

There is no charge but you will need to RSVP as our space is limited. You can do this on tripp@sxsw.com

Meets and Greeets:

  • Thursday July 14 Kahului, Maui 5:30pm  Kupa'a Building Room 104 on the UH Maui Campus just off Ka'ahumanu Avenue--co-sponsored by Music Studies at UHMC.
  • Thursday July 21 Kailua-Kona 5:00 pm  Ulu Lounge in the Sheraton Keahou Kona Resort & Spa on Ehukai Street within Ray's On The Bay restaurant.
  • Tuesday July 26 Honolulu 5:30  Hawaiian Brian's on 1680 Kapiolani Blvd.

SXSW 2017 takes place March 10-19, 2017 in Austin, Texas

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