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The Hollywood Reporter Announces The Hollywood Reporter In Focus: Interstellar Featuring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain & Christopher Nolan in Revealing Conversation About Epic Space Film

The Hollywood Reporter Announces The Hollywood Reporter In Focus: Interstellar Featuring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain & Christopher Nolan in Revealing Conversation About Epic Space Film

The Hollywood Reporter In Focus: Interstellar to be Released Oct. 29 at, with previews available Oct. 22; Airing Nov. 1 on PBS SoCal and Nov. 2 on WNET THIRTEEN in New York City

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hollywood Reporter announced the latest in its Emmy-Award winning roundtable series, The Hollywood Reporter In Focus: Interstellar featuring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Christopher Nolan in an intimate, revealing sit-down about the epic, star-studded space exploration film. The Hollywood Reporter In Focus:Interstellar will be released Oct. 29 at, with preview clips available Oct. 22, and will air on PBS SoCal Nov. 1 and WNET THIRTEEN in the New York City tri-state area Nov. 2.

Coming one week before the Nov. 7 nationwide release of the film, The Hollywood Reporter In Focus:Interstellar offers a rare, pre-release glimpse behind the scenes of the buzzed-about film and is moderated by The Hollywood Reporter's Executive Editor, Features Stephen Galloway.

Among other revelations, the Interstellar director and stars reveal the initial struggles and secrecy surrounding the project; recall the life-threatening costume malfunction that almost resulted in Anne Hathaway getting hypothermia; and discuss some of the real-life disaster scenarios facing the planet which play into the film's plot.

"Interstellar is already one of the most buzzed about films of the year, and it is an honor to include the incredibly talented cast and director as part of our Award Season roundtables," says Janice Min Co-President and Chief Creative Officer of Guggenheim Media's Entertainment Group. "By once again partnering with PBS SoCal we hope to bring this incredible story told from the perspective of the cast and director straight to their fans."

In December 2013, The Hollywood Reporter and PBS SoCal partnered together to produce The Hollywood Reporter In Focus: The Wolf of Wall Street featuring Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and writer Terence Winter in intimate conversation about the making of the Oscar-nominated film. The Wolf of Wall Street roundtable netted PBS SoCal and Janice Min, Stephen Galloway, and Jen Laski of The Hollywood Reporter an Emmy Award at the 66th annual Los Angeles Areas Emmy Awards.

The Hollywood Reporter continued its success of producing content for television in June 2013 by partnering with A+E Network to produce The Hollywood ReporterRoundtables series, featuring Hollywood's leading Emmy-contenders in intimate discussions leading up to the award nominations.

The four-part Emmy series featured six Emmy contenders representing the top talent and performances of the year in their field. The open, no-holds-barred discussions centered on the actors' careers, personal challenges and triumphs, and revealing, behind-the-scenes stories.

In August 2014, hit 17.1 million worldwide monthly unique visitors, according to comScore, an astonishing 21 percent rise over its previous record of 14.1 million unique visitors in March 2014.

About The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter is the entertainment industry's flagship media brand. With in-depth reporting, analysis, unprecedented access, world-class photography and video, and feature exclusives, The Hollywood Reporter is the definitive source for breaking entertainment and business news.

Founded in 1930 as a trade-only publication, The Hollywood Reporter reached an all-time high of 17.1 million individuals worldwide online at in August 2014, and over 224,000 readers in its weekly magazine, delivering news to an audience of industry power players and consumers deeply invested in entertainment content. The Hollywood Reporter's platforms include an award-winning weekly magazine, dynamic web and mobile sites, festival and awards season apps, tablet, iPad editions, social media, and branded events. Follow The Hollywood Reporter on Twitter @thr and on Facebook at In 2014, The Hollywood Reporter won a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award for The Hollywood Reporter in Focus: The Wolf of Wall Street.

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Connections Are Key For Independent Living Centers To Increase Employment Options For Californians With Disabilities

Connections Are Key For Independent Living Centers To Increase Employment Options For Californians With Disabilities

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time since July 2008, the nation's unemployment rate dropped below 6 percent. While this is welcome news for many jobseekers, Californians with disabilities continue to encounter barriers to employment. Topping the list are employer bias and unreliable or non-existent transportation. California Independent Living Centers (ILCs), such as Resources for Independence Central Valley (RICV) and Disability Resource Agency for Independent Living (DRAIL), work together to eliminate these barriers by educating employers and connecting people with disabilities to agencies, programs and services that increase their employment opportunities and help them live independently.

"Connecting with employers to address their concerns, dispel misconceptions and eliminate barriers is a top priority for us," said RICV Executive Director Robert Hand. "Many employers believe people with disabilities can't meet job requirements or the disability will interfere with work performance. This simply isn't true."

RICV collaborates with others, including the Workforce Investment Board, Workability programs in Fresno and organizations in San Francisco on a Workforce Accelerator grant that addresses the requirement for federal contractors to ensure 7 percent of their workforce includes people with disabilities.

Both RICV and DRAIL also partner with the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), which refers individuals to ILCs approved as vendors by DOR for job preparation and placement services. The ILCs provide job coaching and training on creating resumes, strengthening interviewing skills, filling out applications, searching for jobs, setting up LinkedIn accounts and more. They continuously build new relationships with employers while making sure there's a good "fit" between the employee and employer.

"Our approach is to tell employers to hire the best person for the job, then demonstrate why the person we're referring is the best applicant," Hand remarked. "The disability is irrelevant if the applicants can do the job well - only their ability is important."

According to Ryan Moorman, DRAIL's Job Development Coordinator, it's critical to connect, not only with state agencies like the DOR, but also other ILCs.

"RICV helped us start our Job Development Program," noted Moorman. "We now offer a weekly job club for individuals to share their experiences and discuss topics relevant to seeking employment. We also provide Work Incentive Planning Assistance services to help jobseekers understand how employment may affect their benefits. Through our connection with RICV, we've been able to exceed expectations."

ILCs also work together when it comes to transportation barriers. People living with disabilities can be deterred from applying for jobs because of unreliable public transportation or having to depend on someone else's schedule. Public transportation often has limited schedules and coverage and simply doesn't exist in many rural areas. In response to these barriers, ILCs join forces to advocate for improved public transportation options and offer training on navigating transportation systems.

"Public transportation can be undependable and, many times, gets consumers to their destinations or jobs 15 to 30 minutes late," explained Moorman. "Through education, Independent Living skills training and referrals to resources, people living with disabilities are better equipped to respond to these barriers."

Both Hand and Moorman see the results of their efforts to address employment barriers in the success stories of individuals the ILCs have served. Moorman recalls the story of a young man whose favorite hobby was attending car shows. By listening to the young man's needs and wants and providing job coaching and training, DRAIL found the perfect "fit" for him - a job detailing cars.

"Stories like these are gratifying," said Moorman, "particularly, as we celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October and continue making key connections on behalf of Californians with disabilities."

The California State Independent Living Council (SILC) is an independent state agency which, in cooperation with the California State Department of Rehabilitation, prepares and monitors the State Plan for Independent Living.

The SILC Mission: To Create Policy and System Change for Independent Living

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