Israel Film Festival of Los Angeles’ Opening Night Gala

The 29th Israel Film Festival Opening Night Gala is on October 28th at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.

Legendary actress Helen Mirren will be honored with the  2015 Israel Film Festival Career Achievement Award.  Mirren, internationally recognized for her work on stage, screen and television, recently starred in WOMAN IN GOLD.  She received an Academy Award, Golden Globe, SAG Award and BAFTA Award for portraying Queen Elizabeth II in THE QUEEN and a Tony Award for THE AUDIENCE.  Upcoming films include TRUMBO and EYE IN THE SKY.

Israel Film Festival poster
Israel Film Festival poster

Academy Award nominated actress Diane Lane will present Helen Mirren with the IFF Career Achievement Award. Lane co-stars with Mirren in the upcoming film TRUMBO. Her other credits include: MAN OF STEEL, SECRETARIAT, UNFAITHFUL and THE PERFECT STORM.

Aaron Sorkin will be bestowed the 2015 Israel Film Festival Achievement in Film & Television Award. Sorkin is one of Hollywood’s most successful film and television screenwriters. An Academy Award, Golden Globe, Primetime Emmy Award and BAFTA winner, his film credits include A FEW GOOD MEN, THE SOCIAL NETWORK, MONEYBALL and recently STEVE JOBS, and for television SPORTS NIGHT, THE WEST WING and THE NEWSROOM.

Dr. Sharon S. Nazarian will receive the 2015 Israel Film Festival Humanitarian Award. She is president of the Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation and founder of the Younes & Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at UCLA and Chair of its Advisory Board.

David Fariborz Diaan will be the Master of Ceremonies. Diaan’s many acting credits include:  BABA JOON, THE BRINK, HOMELAND, THE STONING OF SORAYA M.

The Opening Night Film is BABA JOON with Filmmakers – Yuval Delshad– Writer/Director; David Silber – Producer;  Navid Negahban –  Actor/Producer; David Diaan – Actor; David Siegel – Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles and Meir Fenigstein – Director/Founder of ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL

Still of Baba Joon with actors Navid Negahban and Asher Avrahami
Still of Baba Joon with actors Navid Negahban and Asher Avrahami

Baba Joon is a very touching story and it’s a very multi-cultural story about an Iranian immigrant family in Israel.  Yitzhak (Navid Negahban) runs the turkey farm his father built with his own two hands after they emigrated from Iran to Israel. When his son Moti (Asher Avrahami) turns thirteen, Yitzhak teaches him the trade, hoping that he will continue the proud family tradition. But Moti doesn’t like working in the turkey barn; his passion is fixing up junkyard cars and bringing them back to life.

Moti’s mother Sarah  (Viss Elliot Safavi) tries to reconcile between the two, while his grandfather pushes Yitzhak to take a firm hand with his son.

Yitzhak takes Moti’s refusal to work in the turkey barn as a personal rejection. Though he loves his son dearly, he makes it his mission to impose the family farm on Moti.  

The arrival of Darius (Fariborz David Diaan) , the uncle from America, sets off a chain of events that will undermine the familial harmony. Soon enough Yitzhak will learn that his son is just as stubborn as he is. The conflict is inevitable. Baba means father in Farsi and is a term of endearment and respect in Persian culture. So indeed it’s an appropriate title. 
About the ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL:

For nearly three decades, the Festival has presented over 900 feature films, documentaries, television dramas and short films to 950,000 filmgoers and brought hundreds of Israeli filmmakers to the U.S. to share their art.  The ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL is produced by IsraFest Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization created in 1982.  Among the Sponsors of the 29th ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL are long-time partners Israel Film Fund, The Hollywood Reporter, Rabinovitch Film Fund, Variety, The Jerusalem Film and TV Fund, Eclipse, Millennium Films, The IAC (Israeli American Council), The ATLS World Wide, Maurice Marciano Family Foundation, Diane & Guilford Glazer Foundation, Bank Leumi USA, Four Seasons Hotel, The Orlando, Clear Channel, New Regency Productions, Yvel, Menchie’s and the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles, to name a few.

For more info, please go to www.IsraelFilmFestival.com

 

Dustin Brown

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Delphi Greek Celebrates its 30th Anniversary!

Landmark Restaurant Delphi Greek wowed friends, customers, government officials and celebrities with a huge bash. The party featured an awards ceremony, authentic Greek music, and the traditional gourmet Greek cuisine that has made the restaurant famous. The restaurant was honored by federal, state and local officials.

 On October 18, 2015, Delphi Greek Restaurant celebrated 30 years in the same location. The restaurant was honored with an impressive nine commendations from government officials. The ceremony was MC’d by Chairman of  the Westwood Community Council Steve Sann and awards were presented to owner and operator Roozbeh Farahanipour by representatives of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office, Congressman Ted Lieu’s office, California State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones’ office, County Accessor Jeffery Prang’s office, City Councilman Paul Koretz’soffice and state Senator Ben Allen’s office. Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas upon presenting Farahanipour his special accommodation from the State Assembly, proclaimed he and his family would like to be experiencing Delphi’s fine cuisine, “for another thirty years, at least!”

From left to right: Chamber Board Member, human rights activist, author and designer Elham Yaghoubian, Chef Rana Pourarab, Senator Steve Anderson, actress and voiceover artist Vida Ghaffari, the former Mayor of Beverly Hills, the Honorable Jimmy Delshad, Consul General of Greece Gregory Karahalios, and Roozbeh Farahanipour, President of the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and owner and operator of Delhi Greek
From left to right: Chamber Board Member, human rights activist, author and designer Elham Yaghoubian, Chef Rana Pourarab, Senator Steve Anderson, actress, voiceover artist, and HPC’s own Vida G., the former Mayor of Beverly Hills, the Honorable Jimmy Delshad, Consul General of Greece Gregory Karahalios, and Roozbeh Farahanipour, President of the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and owner and operator of Delphi Greek

Also in attendance were West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Board members Steve Little and Elham Yaghoubian, who is also a noted author, human rights activist and handbag designer.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!

State Senator Joel Anderson presented Farahanipour with not one but two separate awards; one for “unyielding commitment to providing quality food, outstanding service, and job opportunities to our community;” and one to Roozbeh himself for his community leadership, “Special recognition of your commitment to bettering our community as president of West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and program chair of the Westwood Rotary Club, your unyielding dedication to advocating for the freedom of the Iranian people, and your devotion to empowering others towards civic engagement through leading by example.” For his part, the restaurant’s owner was overcome by the moment. With a huge grin, and tears in his eyes, Farahanipour said, “I never expected this kind of outpouring of support. When I immigrated to the US, I wanted to be sure that I could add value and be of service to the community at large.”

Farahanipour with Mayor Delshad and West Los Angeles LAPD Captain Tina Nieto
Farahanipour with Mayor Delshad and West Los Angeles LAPD Captain Tina Nieto

This in spite of the fact that the restaurant had already been honored several times by government agencies, no fewer than 17 times by the prestigious Zagat survey, and Farahanipour’s wife, noted pastry chef Rana Pourarab has won multiple awards for her amazing cheesecakes and traditional Greek desserts including a Certificate of Recognition from the City of Los Angeles for her work as a Signature Pastry Chef.

 

Senator Anderson presents Roozbeh Farahanipour with his commendation
Senator Anderson presents Roozbeh Farahanipour with his commendation

 

Celebrities in attendance to help commemorate the evening included filmmaker Armin Nasseri (Seeking Valentina), Actor Scott Engrotti (Scorpion), actresses Vida Ghaffari (the Mindy Project), Jessica Landon (Drake and Josh), Kristin West (Seeking Valentina), Mo Kelly (Hijos), Elise Muller (Baghead), Vikki Lizzi (The Bay) andPatricia Kara (Deal or No Deal), who was especially proud to be there sharing her Greek heritage, along with board members of several local Chambers of Commerce, Rotary Club, BNI, Friends of the Westwood Library, the Westwood Community Council, Local Homeowners Association and the Westwood Neighborhood Council.

Farahanipour with actress and food blogger (Dish with Trish) Patricia Kara and Consul General Grgory Karahalios on the blue carpet
Farahanipour with actress and food blogger (Dish with Trish) Patricia Kara and Consul General Grgory Karahalios on the blue carpet

 

The anniversary event also featured a blue carpet and ribbon cutting ceremony. The “Hellenic Blue” ribbon was sheared by Farahanipour, and Pourarab, along with the former Mayor of Beverly Hills, the Honorable Jimmy Delshad, Assemblyman Ridley-Thomas, State Senator Anderson, Captain Tina Nieto, Commanding Officer for the West Los Angeles LAPD, Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles, the Honorable Daniel Tamm and Greek Consul General Gregory Karahalios who said “he knew the secret to the restaurant’s longevity.” “Even though we are in a city that always expands and changes, we need something that is stable,” Karahalios said. “This restaurant has maintained the color of Greece.” The Council General said Delphi Greek is one of the few places in Southern California to reflect the Hellenic tradition and culture.

Farahanipour with Anna Tinz and Charles Winkler, the original patrons of Delphi Greek when it first opened 30 years ago!
Farahanipour with Anna Tinz and Charles Winkler, the original patrons of Delphi Greek when it first opened 30 years ago!

Patrons Charles Winkler and Ann Tinz said they found the restaurant by accident 30 years ago and have been coming back ever since. The Winkler-Tinz’s were among the very first patrons of the restaurant when it opened, and said it was the food, ambiance and service that kept them coming back year after year. Tinz said she feels like it’s a little trip to Greece every time the couple visits the restaurant.

Ridley-Thomas and Senator Anderson present Roozbeh with awards
Ridley-Thomas and Senator Anderson present Roozbeh with well deserved commendations
Janet Turner, representative of Congressman Ted Lieu, presents Farahanipour with a commendation
Janet Turner, representative of Congressman Ted Lieu, presents Farahanipour with a commendation

Of course, the real star of the party was the outstanding food. Guests were treated to authentic Greek menu items: Greek Caviar, Lamb Chops, Chicken Souvlaki, Broiled Shrimp, Dolma (Stuffed Grape Leaves), Spanakopita (Greek spinach pie), Tiropitakia (3 cheese Greek Pie), and a wide assortment of Greek beers and wines.

Actress Elise Muller
Actress Elise Muller graces the blue carpet

 

Celebrity Chef (Nia Luna) and food blogger Nicole Guzman’s take on the evening: “The food was delicious across the board. From the lamb chops to the shrimp…from the dolmas to the chicken. I can see why this place has withstood the test of time! How rare it is in this day and age that a place like this can endure. You know they must be doing something right! I highly recommend this place if you’re ever in the area.”

Actress Jessica Landon
Actress Jessica Landon
Armin Nasseri and Kristin West of Seeking Valentina
Filmmaker Armin Nasseri and Actress Kristin West of the much anticipated Seeking Valentina
Actors Scott Engrotti and Mo Kelly
Actors Scott Engrotti and Mo Kelly
And last but certainly not least, HPC's own award-winning fashion blogger, actress, and voiceover artist Vida G.
And last but certainly not least, HPC’s own award-winning fashion blogger, actress, and voiceover artist Vida G.

Delphi Greek is located at 1383 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90024 and is open 7 days a week. Please call 310 478 2900 for reservations or delivery or order on line at www.Delphigreek.com. Find them on their official pages at facebook.com/ADelphigreek and @DelphiGreek on Twitter.

All photos courtesy of Guillermo Proano
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Hollywood Shorts at the Whitefire Theatre

Hollywood Shorts opens on Monday, October 26th at 8pm at the Whitefire Theatre  in Sherman Oaks and will go up every Monday night until November 23rd. A new series of eight original plays will be presented, each of them approximately 10 minutes long, written by a slew of talented, award-winning film and TV writers. This night of rapid-fire productions explores everyday life from a number of angles, all of them funny. Get ready to laugh — and occasionally cry — at a couple of married comedians slinging jokes ’till death do they part, two sisters-in-law planning to commit a crime while clipping coupons, a cat deciding to better his life with more advanced career opportunities and much more. These plays may be short, but Whitefire Theatre proves that good things do indeed come in small packages.

Flyer for Hollywood Shorts
Poster for Hollywood Shorts

 

It’s an all-star cast with Dan Frischman from “Head of the Class” and “Kenan and Kel” as well as MC, Ken Levine, who, in addition to being a famous sports announcer/blogger, wrote and produced for the iconic TV show M*A*S*H, among others!  Tyrone Power, Jr. and nineteen other actors from TV and filmdom round out this amazing cast

Actor Dan Frischman on stage
Actor Dan Frischman on stage

For tickets and more info, please go to this link https://www.goldstar.com/events/sherman-oaks-ca/hollywood-shorts-1

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Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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Quynh Paris’ Feeling Collection Show at Style Fashion Week

On Saturday, October 17th, noted international fashion designer Quynh Paris debuted her vibrant new spring-summer 2016 “Feeling” collection at the prominent Style Fashion Week at the Reef in downtown LA. Quynh also debuted her versatile yet glam Ready-to-wear collection.

A beautiful dress from Quynh's ready-to-wear line
A beautiful dress from Quynh’s ready-to-wear line

This evocative style of this line is what many fashionistas and tastemakers call the typically cool Quynh Paris style; asymmetric, structured, 3D, artistic, romantic yet oh so modern. Dare I say it was even futuristic!

Nights in White Satin! Actress and model is stunning in a white dress from the ready-to-wear collection
Nights in White Satin! Actress and model is stunning in a white dress from the ready-to-wear collection

Quynh really wanted to capture the powerful essence of dual sides of emotions hence the inspiration behind the “Feeling” collection. “I wanted to convey the darkness and the light. The dual sides of being a woman…being strong but feminine. Powerful but gentle. Sexy but classy,” declared Quynh. Quynh’s line really echoed that daring and tricky theme in her super cool ready-to-wear line. One could go from day to night in that line depending on how one accessorized and wore her hair and makeup.

Futurama...
Futurama…A whimsical futuristic design from the ready-to-wear line

“I absolutely love Quynh’s designs! Every dress i try on fits perfectly and hugs all of the right places. I feel beautiful, soft and feminine yet strong, sexy and empowered at the same time in every Quynh Paris dress I wear,” declared actress Danielle Vasinova.

“I become more in tune with my feminine form no matter what my shape,” says actress Andrea Anderson. “The flowers in her designs empower me. I feel like I’m literally blooming as I wear the gown,” she added.

Her couture line is perfect for spring as it’s reminiscent of flowers in bloom and Quynh is truly inspired by nature. “I wanted my designs for this line to be like flowers growing in a field. Blossoming and blooming,” added Quynh.

Quynh (center) and her models all decked out in her designs including actress Jessica McClain
Quynh (center) and her models all decked out in her designs including actress Jessica McClain

“We love her so much and I’m totally obsessed with her line and I’m excited about her ready-to-wear line, which I know will sell really well. I love how it’s conservative but sexy. Stylish yet versatile. She really wowed me! I just want the whole line,” said a very excited Veronica Kerzner, founder of Style Fashion Week.

I love how both lines, while diametrically different capture the futuristic style of Quynh’s design esthetic. She keeps it exciting, fancy, bold and fresh!

It’s been quite a whirlwind year for Quynh! She was the headliner of opening night of New York Fashion Week. And actress Blanca Blanco wore a bold and show stopping gown of Quynh’s at the Oscars, which was the stand out gown of the night. Talk about an outfit of the day! So Quynh is definitely now an It-girl of international fashion!

Quynh’s line this season is reminiscent of many things, namely nature and what bright colors spring will bring. “I’m inspired by nature and these designs convey how much this season means to me,” said Quynh.

Quynh is a globetrotter. A Switzerland national that is originally from Vietnam, she graduated from Mod’ Art International Fashion School in Paris, the epicenter of fashion, and has already showcased her memorable collections such varied cities as Paris, Saigon, Los Angeles, and now New York City.

Ever the artist, Quynh is also an accomplished painter, dancer and violinist before becoming a fashion designer, and she incorporates her love of these art forms in her stylish couture collections with volume, asymmetric constructions, 3D sculpture structures that have a life of their own, as well as fluid movements, painting and her use of rich colors and intricate details.

She is Fashion Asia’s 2013 Top 5 fashion designer in haute couture. Quynh’s couture pieces have been worn by numerous pageant contest winners and contestants, top models and international celebrities. She has even been a judge herself at fashion graduation shows, fashion design or pageant contacts, particularly Miss Earth Pageant.

Recently she has been the exclusive costume designer of Mozart’s renowned opera “The Magic Flute” where she let her multicultural artistic creativity express itself.

Loving arts in all forms, she is about to be the exclusive costume designer for an eclectic Circus – Art performance show and once again for the opera “Carmen”.

More info at http://www.quynhparis.com/

All photos courtesy of Burris Agency Staff.

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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Quynh Paris Show is a Highlight of Style Fashion Week

On Saturday, October 17th at 7pm, it will be the perfect fusion of East meets West, when acclaimed international fashion designer Quynh Paris will debut her gorgeous new spring-summer 2016 “Feeling” collection at the popular Style Fashion Week at the Reef in downtown LA. Quynh also was the headliner of  opening night of New York Fashion Week. And noted actress Blanca Blanco wore a bold and show stopping gown of Quynh’s at the Oscars, which was the stand out gown of the night. Talk about an outfit of the day! So Quynh is definitely now an It-girl of international fashion!

Flyer for Quynh's show
Flyer for Quynh’s show. Photo courtesy of Trinh Quoc Huy

As one can tell in this event flyer, Quynh’s line this season is reminiscent of many things, namely nature and what bright colors spring will bring. “I’m inspired by nature and these designs convey how much this season means to me,” said Quynh.

This style of this line is what many fashionistas and tastemakers call the typically cool Quynh Paris style; asymmetric, structured, 3D, artistic, romantic yet oh so modern.

Quynh is a globetrotter. A Switzerland national that is originally from Vietnam, she graduated from Mod’ Art International Fashion School in Paris, the epicenter of fashion, and has already showcased her memorable collections such varied cities as Paris, Saigon, Los Angeles, and now New York City.

Ever the artist, Quynh is also an accomplished painter, dancer and violinist before becoming a fashion designer, and she incorporates her love of these art forms in  her stylish couture collections with volume, asymmetric constructions, 3D sculpture structures that have a life of their own, as well as fluid movements, painting and her use of rich colors and intricate details.

She is Fashion Asia’s 2013 Top 5 fashion designer in haute couture. Quynh’s couture pieces have been worn by numerous pageant contest winners and contestants, top models and international celebrities. She has even been a judge herself at fashion graduation shows, fashion design or pageant contacts, particularly Miss Earth Pageant.

Recently she has been the exclusive costume designer of Mozart’s renowned opera “The Magic Flute” where she let her multicultural artistic creativity express itself.

Loving arts in all forms, she is about to be the exclusive costume designer for an eclectic Circus – Art performance show and once again for the opera “Carmen”.

More info at http://www.quynhparis.com/

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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The International Film Festival of Cinematic Arts is in the Heart of Beverly Hills

The fourth annual International Film Festival of Cinematic Arts (IFFCA) was held at the Laemmle Music Hall Three in super swanky Beverly Hills right on Wilshire Boulevard from October 10th to the 12th.

The IFFCA was started by passionate cinema enthusiasts who liked to contribute to the film community and recognized the excellence and hard work which goes in the making of a film. The festival’s goal is to foster a meaningful global conversation between cultures and countries through Cinema.

Festival Co-founder Amir Masud with actor and filmmaker
Festival Co-founder Amir Masud with actor and filmmaker Akash Chopra of The Interrogation of Guru Kartaar Singh

“This year our festival is three full days and we screened over a 100 films, many of which were from all over the world like England, Australia, and India,” said Masud.

“I’m so excited that we are screening the films at a Laemmle Theatre, which is a family owned business and it’s a good match for us as all our hearts are passionate about the art and craft of cinema,” he added.

Host Violet Kanian, entertainment attorney Nadia Davari and host Mia Eden
Host Violet Kanian, entertainment attorney Nadia Davari and host Mia Eden

The festival is a joyous celebration of the art and craft of cinematic storytelling. They celebrate and recognize not only the directors, actors, but also present jury awards to screenwriters, editors, and composers. At this festival, they celebrate all artists responsible for creating cinema.

The cast of "Breathe" under the festival's marquee at the Lammle Theatre
The cast of “Breathe” under the festival’s marquee at the Lammle Theatre

Finally, it is indeed possible to tell evocative, visceral, meaningful, and moving films without spending millions of dollars. The Cinematic Arts Film Festival will inspire filmmakers around the world by premiering examples of films made on micro-budgets. They have also included a new category just for music videos to appreciate the creativity and talent it takes to make these short forms of filmmaking.

Q and A after a screening
Q and A after a screening

I got a chance to watch The Interrogation of Guru Kartaar Singh by Akash Chopra, who wrote, directed and starred in this film and did a truly outstanding job even though he wore many hats. This film is based on a play of the same name and is a fictitious Indian short film that revolves around an interrogation of a young Sikh who attempts to assassinate a political figure in the name of religious vengeance and propaganda. Based on true facts surrounding the Sikh secessionist demand for a new state also known as the ‘Khalistan’ Movement, the infamous genocidal Operation Blue Star in year 1984, Chopra gives a stellar performance and is the only character on-camera.

“Sikhs have the most peaceful religion, so it’s really tragic what they’ve had to go through. Certain episodes in the 80’s really left a mark,” said Chopra, who is not a Sikh himself.

The trailer of this film is at http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi2353050393 and more info about the festival at http://iffca.org/

 

 

 

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance’s Sold Out Screenings

Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence Sells Out

On Friday, October 9th and Saturday, October 10th, Cinema Epoch presented two exclusive, sold out screenings of award-winning filmmaker Gregory Hatanaka’s Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance at the Laemmle Noho Theatre. The Martial Arts Museum in Burbank will also hosted a very special event on Saturday, October 10th at 4:30pm for all the rabid Samurai Cop 2 fans!

Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence poster
Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence poster

Los Angeles, CA , October 11, 2015 -Cinema Epoch presented exclusive sold out screenings of award-winning filmmaker Gregory Hatanaka’s Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance on Friday, October 9th and Saturday, October 10th, at the Laemmle Noho Theatre at 7:20pm. Hatanaka(Mad Cowgirl, Blue Dream) and the stars of the film conducted a Q and A after the film on both nights.  More screening dates to be announced soon.

Castmates Cranston Komuro, Bai Ling and Gerald Okamura. Bai's eye-catching outfit is a nod to the genre of the film
Castmates Cranston Komuro, Bai Ling and Gerald Okamura. Bai’s eye-catching outfit is a nod to the genre of the film

 

This much anticipated sequel to the legendary cult classic, Samurai Cop (1991), explores the dynamic duo of Detective Frank Washington (Mark Frazier) and Joe Marshall (Matt Hannon) who are teaming up once again in this action-packed tour de force. This time their mission is to solve a series of assassinations being committed by a secret group of sexy female vigilante killers.

Samurai Cop 2 Castmates Mathew Karedas and Dawna Lee Heising
Castmates Mathew Karedas and Dawna Lee Heising

Alongside the original cast, the film also stars iconic actors such as Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Black Belt Jones), Bai Ling (The Crow, Crank: High Voltage), Tommy Wiseau (The Room), Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop, Airplane II: The Sequel), Thomas J. Churchill (Lazarus: Apocalypse), Joe Estevez (Dexter), Dawna Lee Heising (Slink, Pond Scum), Kristine De Bell (The Big Brawl) and countless others. This film utilizes the innovative 35mm trend that is being used in the new Bond and Tarantino film. Lee Heising’s scene with Wiseau utilized this film method which was apropos as Hatanaka truly gave homage to the original film while keeping it fresh and current enough for modern day audiences, which also was a great fit for his eclectic cast.

Actress Laurene Landon who played a detective in the film
Actress Laurene Landon who played a detective in the film
Actor Mel Novak
Actor Mel Novak on the red carpet

“I’m a big fan of the first film and it’s amazing to work with the original cast as well as the new generation of cast members,” said Hatanaka. “I feel really blessed. I hope I did the ensemble justice. It helped to have reverence for the cast and I respected everyone’s work in it,” he added.

Actors Laurene Landon, Lisa London, actor-filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill, actor and journalist HPC's Vida G., actors Mel Novak, Amy Shi, and Ewart Chin
Actors Laurene Landon, Lisa London, actor-filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill, actor, voiceover artist and fashion blogger yours truly., actors Mel Novak, Amy Shi, and Ewart Chin

Tickets for these screenings can be purchased at this link: www.laemmle.com/films/39604

Actress Bai Ling blows a kiss to her birthday cake with her image on it
Actress Bai Ling blows a kiss to her birthday cake with her image on it

If that wasn’t enough to have quenched the fans thirst Samurai Cop 2 thirst, the stars of this film descended upon the Martial Arts Museum for a very special event on Saturday, October 10th at 4:30pm. This museum is located at 2319 W. Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank.  For their legions of rabid fans, there was be an exclusive red carpet photo session and an unveiling of the Flying Guillotine Display at the Museum that was graciously donated by Hatanaka. It was also the birthday of Samurai Cop 2 star Bai Ling, which was celebrated with a beautiful cake of Ling’s striking image in a glamorous outfit.

Celebrities and VIPs in attendance were Grand Master Eric Lee, producers Joseph Kelbie Williamson and Edwin Santos, actors Joe Estevez, Gerald Okamura, Lisa London, Lexi Belle, Yuka Sano, Amy Shi, Hank Garrett, Naoyuki Ikeda, Ramzi Abed, Shane Ryan, photographers Dan Kennedy and John Cox – and many more!

The trailer of the film can be seen at this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=996zhYei9Xw

Photos courtesy of Cineridge Entertainment

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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Seventh Annual Lady Filmmakers Festival

The Lady Filmmakers Brings Much Needed Attention to Female Filmmakers

The 7th annual Lady Filmmakers Festival is under the umbrella of the newly formed Lady Filmmakers Foundation, a 501c3 tax exempt charity. This wonderful festival celebrates women in leadership roles in the entertainment industry. Their film festival celebrates women filmmakers, artists, and musicians and the men who collaborate with them.
Lady Filmmakers was founded by Patricia DiSalvo Viayra and her husband, Mike Viayra, who is also the festival programmer. I met Patricia and Mike years ago at their festival and they were so kind, friendly and encouraging of all the filmmakers and artists in attendance and I don’t usually see that in the wild and wooly festival circuit. I have a film screening at this festival, so I’m really excited and honored for it to be screened here. 
Lady Filmmakers event poster
Lady Filmmakers event poster
This festival is an entire weekend of films, music, art, mentoring workshops/panels and of course parties! They promote and support opportunities for artistic and career growth through their many different workshops, panels and networking events.
Festival Executive Director and Co-Founder Patricia DiSalvo Viayra
Festival Executive Director and Co-Founder Patricia DiSalvo Viayra
They look for extraordinary visual storytellers for our programming. The festival encourages collaboration between men and women currently in the industry and to instill this idea within future filmmakers. Their speaker series and events are designed to help our filmmakers expand their network and further career goals. Lady Filmmakers is a safe environment to exhibit works and to find future collaborators and mentors. The festival promotes diversity and strong female lead driven content and they wish to INSPIRE & ENTERTAIN!

One Woman has to fill the role of Writer, Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Production Designer or Editor to qualify to screen at the festival!

They also have Music and Art Programs this year too featuring men and women artists and musicians!

Long after the festival is complete they actively continue to promote their “Alumni” filmmakers, cast, and crew throughout the year!

Our main programming themes are:

  • Ladies Illuminate – films that bring social awareness
  • Ladies Kick Butt – films that appeal to a broad audience
  • Ladies First – films that are World, US, West Coast, or Los Angeles Premieres
  • Young Ladies and Gentlemen – films made by students/youth
  • Family Friendly- films appropriate for families with children
  • Halloween Teasers- films that are horror, psychological thrillers, scary, creepy, and freaky! More info at http://www.ladyfilmmakers.com/
Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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Advanced Screening of Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance

This afternoon I had the good fortune of seeing a super private advanced screening of  Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance with the film’s award-winning director, Gregory Hatanaka and star of the film Mathew Karedas in attendance.

Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence poster
Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence poster

This film had such an impressive ensemble cast and so much action, that you can’t fully take it in with just the one viewing.

Big congrats to Hatanaka for creating the much anticipated sequel to this legendary cult classic.  There were nods and homages to the original film for all the fans, but Hatanaka kept it fresh and often times humorous and I love that. I had many laugh out loud moments.

Samurai Cop 2 explores the dynamic duo of Detective Frank Washington (Mark Frazier) and Joe Marshall (Mathew Karedas ) who are teaming up once again in this action-packed tour de force. Both actors give  great performances. This time their mission is to solve a series of assassinations being committed by a secret group of sexy female vigilante killers.

And I was on the edge of my seat with all the action packed scenes. I love how Frazer often pans to the camera in such an effortless way that it really added to the comical moments of the film.

The supporting cast was wonderful as well. Bai Ling gives an epic performance. Laurene Landon (there’s a great reference for Hundra fans) is wonderful as the tough and brash detective. Mel Novak is also amazing in a very cunning role. Thomas J. Churchill is also wonderful in a nice character role. Dawna Lee Heising is hilarious in her scene with Wiseau, who gives a fun and funny standout performance. Cranston Komuro, Melissa Moore, Lexi Belle, Kristine DeBll, Mindy Robinson, Lisa London and everyone else in the cast that lights up the screen.

Kayden Kross gives a good performance and has mainstream cinema potential. Joe Estevez is great as the angry and brusque police chief. Add into the mix the return of Gerald Okamura (including a great flashback with him from the original movie).

 

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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Single’s New Capsule Plus Size Collection

The cool, contemporary look of Single collection and fabulous Single dresses has made its way into the stylish wardrobes of some oovely curvy fashionistas. Two years ago based on a huge demand for contemporary clothing needs in the thriving plus size market, Saks Fifth Avenue approached Single’s innovative founders, Galina Sobolev, her husband Michael, and their team, to create a Capsule Plus size Collection for their Salon Z customer. And the Single Plus business is selling dresses like hotcakes.

Vavoom! Sexy LBD with a beautiful scalloped neckline
Vavoom! Sexy LBD with a beautiful scalloped neckline

Record sales of beautiful silk tops, and flowy boho dresses skyrocketed at Saks.com The reorders were wildly successful and sell throughs were simply stellar.

Flower Power! Beautiful floral dress looks stylish yet comfy!
Flower Power! Beautiful floral dress looks stylish yet comfy!

Sadly after the company switched buyers, and was bought by Hudson Bay they pared down their brand selection to just a few brands, which was too bad for Saks! However, Galina and her devoted team at Single Dress continued their unyielding commitment and devotion to their curvy customer, and are now dressing her, and addressing her fashion needs through a wonderful partnership with the popular online shops http://Hautelook.com and http://MyHabit.com

So here is a shout out to all the Curvy Fashionistas, please don’t
don’t dismay as their Fabulous Single dresses, and blouses on their way into your Fashion Closets, just visit http://www.myhabit.com
and look for Single. And look out for the Flash Sale on Hautelook that is launching on Oct. 10th, which is literally a few days!

Single boldly strives to Empower their customers one dress at a Time!

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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