Street is an Action Packed Must See

Street is a really compelling action film directed by Bradford May and starring Casper Smart, Remo Street is a 23-year-old former wrestling champion with an unbreakable heart and spirit. Street spends his days job-searching and nights training with whatever and whomever he can. It seems like his life long dream of becoming a professional fighter just might elude him until one fateful night when destiny decides to take him in a new direction. While finishing up one of his daily job hunts he is forced to fight for his life when a potentially dangerous chance encounter with a beautiful woman puts him in the corner of an up and coming champion; A Russian gangster and the seedy underworld of arson, gambling and bare knuckle underground boxing. His passion for fighting becomes a struggle to train for a heartless champ and keep his beloved family safe while balancing between the two vastly different worlds.

Street Movie Poster
Street Movie Poster

“Street was truly a passion project for me,” said executive producer Lyle Howry.

Shashawnee Hall as the kindly Coach Oz
Shashawnee Hall as the kindly Coach Oz

“I have been in the martial arts world for over 2 decades in live action and reality shows and involved in several action films. So I decided to roll with the times and create an MMA related film that was a feel good film like Rocky with a touch of bloodsport. I intend on making STREET a franchise like Rocky and we are working on the next script now. I feel STREET is a feel good film about the underdog who makes good,” he added.

Actor Max Ryan is oh so evil as the Russian mob boss
Actor Mark Ryan is oh so evil as the Russian mob boss

Smart is effective as Street and meets up to the physical challenges of his role, but I really enjoyed the work of the character actors in this film. Mark Ryan is a standout as the evil Russian mob boss without being stereotypical or cartoonish. Shashawnee Hall is also wonderful as the kindly Coach Oz, who gives his athletes a lot of tough love, but truly cares about his players. All in all, it’s a wonderful ensemble cast with many edge of your seat, nail biting moments.

More info at http://streetthemovie.net

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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Actress and Fashion Blogger Vida Ghaffari Honored with an Entrepreneur award

HPC’s very own award-winning actress, voice over artist and fashion blogger Vida Ghaffari was bestowed with a coveted entrepreneur award by the prestigious The World Networks which hosted the 2015 Entrepreneur Awards Ceremony. This event took place at the ritzy Taglyan Complex in Hollywood, CA on Tuesday, December 8th.

Honoree Vida Ghaffari with Founder and CEO of The World Networks Lousine Karibian
Honoree Vida Ghaffari with Founder and CEO of The World Networks Lousine Karibian

Lousine Karibian is the inspiring founder and CEO of The World Networks. “According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, there are over 400 million entrepreneurs in 54 countries, and in the next 5 years each entrepreneur plants to create at least 5 jobs. This is the perfect time to acknowledge these incredible entrepreneurs from all over the world who take risks every day to create a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities,” said Karibian.

Lousine with honoree Jerrie Ueberle, CEO and Founder of Global Interactions World Academy for the Future of Women
Lousine with honoree Jerrie Ueberle, CEO and Founder of Global Interactions World Academy for the Future of Women

“It was truly an honor to be awarded by a visionary like Lousine Karibian and to be amongst such accomplished luminaries in the fields of fashion, beauty, finance, the arts and media,” Vida said.

Atmosphere shot
Atmosphere shot

Guests included over 250 international entrepreneurs, investors, political figures, trendsetters, influencers, entertainment industry professionals, members of the press, and celebrities. The formal gala featured a red carpet, VIP networking reception, followed by a dinner awards ceremony, and heaping gift bags chock full of great gifts. A live performance was provided by Anna Boyrazyan. VIP guests enjoyed tasty signature cocktails by the Official Cocktail Sponsor, Be Tini Spirits along with gifts from 7Q Spa.

Honoree Ruby Polanco, the founder and CEO of Ruby Beauty Academy
Honoree Ruby Polanco, the founder and CEO of Ruby Beauty Academy
Honoree Dawn Christie, a Spiritual Figure, Author and Host
Honoree Dawn Christie, a Spiritual Figure, Author and Host
Designer Luz Correa, Honorees Alice Atakhanian, founder and CEO of Beyond Beauty Parlor and AML Academy and Ghaffari and Maryam Morrison, the Editor-in-Chief of The Eden Magazine
Designer Luz Correa, Honoree Alice Atakhanian, founder and CEO of Beyond Beauty Parlor and AML Academy and Maryam Morrison, the Editor-in-Chief of The Eden Magazine with Honoree Ghaffari
Honoree Julie Kang, founder and CEO of Be Tini Spirts, Karibian, Ghaffari and Honoree Deanna Hodges, Founder and President of Macada Design Group
Honoree Julie Kang, founder and CEO of Be Tini Spirts, Karibian, Ghaffari and Honoree Deanna Hodges, Founder and President of Macada Design Group

In addition to being a very successful blogger and voiceover artist, Ghaffari is best known for her appearances on the television comedies, Mind of Mencia on Comedy Central and The Mindy Project formerly on FOX. She will soon be shooting a role in multi award-winning filmmaker Gregory Hatanaka’s Darling Nikki alongside James Duval (Independence Day, Donnie Darko), Kristine DeBell (Hunter: Future Cop, Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance), Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Black Belt Jones) and actor/filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill (Checkpoint, Lazarus: Day of the Living Dead). She will also star in a mob movie written and directed by Churchill and a western written and directed by filmmaker Rick Groat. This multi-talented artist also created a self-titled blog about fashion and beauty called http://www.soveryvida.com and was recently on the cover of FVM Global Magazine. Ever the fashionista, Vida wore an evening gown designed by Aidan Mattox courtesy of Pistol and Stamen PR.

More info about the event at http://www.TheWorldNetworks.com and http://2015entrepreneurawards.weebly.com/

More info about Vida at http://www.imdb.me/vidaghaffari

Photos courtesy of Artin Mardirosian, Billy Bennight/PR Photos, Bob Delgadillo/Contact Music, Airic Lewis and Nima Darabi Bakhtiari.

Dustin Brown

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Hollywood Press Corps Interviews Heather Verran

imageHeather Verran is a top fashion designer currently living in New York City. Her designs for Shape magazine are slick, inspired and full of energy. Heather has created innovative products for Gap, American Eagle, Nordstrom and New Balance, just to name a few. The Hollywood Press Corps had an exclusive opportunity to interview Heather and ask her a few questions about fashion design.

Heather Verran
Heather Verran

Why did you decide to become a fashion designer?

I decided to become a fashion designer to see if I could merge the world of art, movement and design with clothing. To make clothes was always second nature.

I learned couture sewing techniques from my mom and my grandmother. We made nearly all of our own clothes, and the scraps were used to make outfits for the dolls that my grandfather carved for me. He would also build the garment racks for my “runway” shows.

Ellie Goulding on the December cover of Shape Magazine. Photo courtesy Shape Magazine
Ellie Goulding on the December cover of Shape Magazine. Photo courtesy Shape magazine

What is your favorite part about being a fashion designer?

It always means a lot to see my vision out there in the world when someone casually walks by me wearing a look that I designed. In addition, there are other favorite moments such as: seeing the creative process unfold into a collection, the energy and buzz of the sample room, and ​I love to draw.

What did you think when you were asked to design a collection for the Shape magazine brand?

I thought, wow, this is an integrated strategic partnership that connects two leaders in their specialized categories to create a unique and energetic opportunity for women.

Shape magazine is such a powerful brand, with 11 million readers and they engage millions more to look, feel, and be amazing.
Apparel Bridge, the licensee has been making active apparel globally for the past 35 years and is a family-owned, world leader in one-stop manufacturing with a unique vertical model. They have been manufacturing apparel for the world’s largest retailers for 35 years, producing more than 400 million garments. They control all production steps to avoid the middleman, with no extra layers in the process. They employ a top team of scientists think about performance of a fabric before it is even created which gives me the ability to create fabrics that no one has ever seen before. Apparel Bridge is eco-friendly and fair-trade practices add value to clients worldwide which is very important to be.

 

It sounded like the perfect opportunity for me as I completely align with Shape magazine’s mission to exercise your right to be beautiful. The clothing gives them an opportunity to feel beautiful while doing so. The partnership gives me the ability to work towards the future of performance clothing at a price that is inclusive to most women.

What were your inspirations for the designs you created for the shoot?​

​The Fall collection that I am shooting today was inspired by a hike that I took last summer. The heat had peaked and along the path were these beautiful granite cliffs. I used a photo of one to create a print for the first collection. The palette was chosen from photo, the deep blue lines, the rust and the shots of silver. I chose fabrics that had a similar texture and feel.
Later that day, as the sun was setting, the fireflies came out. This inspired the second collection. I designed a print that was from a photo of them bouncing in the woods and added thermochromic technology to the fabric. Thermochromic is when the print disappears when exposed to heat and sunlight, just like how you never see fireflies in daylight.

In this gorgeous print designed by Heather Verran, the fireflies disappear in the light. Photo courtesy Trevor Dixon. Styling by Heather Verran. Hair and make up by Megan Ambroch
In this gorgeous print designed by Heather Verran, the fireflies disappear in the light. Photo courtesy Trevor Dixon. Styling by Heather Verran. Hair and make up by Megan Ambroch

The third collection, I was watching women train for a marathon back home in NYC. The cool greys and textures of the city I found to be stunning, albeit in a hi tech and cool way.
How did you select the materials you used?

I selected the materials by what emulated the texture, surfaces and color of my inspiration- rocks, fireflies, the streets. The other main consideration is the handfeel of all materials, making sure everything is soft and comfortable.

Were the materials difficult to work with?

​No. I carefully select and create the materials that I know have the correct properties to ​ ​function, fit and wear well. I have ​been trained by the best chemists and fabric experts from all over the world. At Shape (Apparel Bridge) I have an amazing group of scientists and fabric experts always excited to develop what ever I dream up.

What was it like working with Shape magazine ?
They are an amazing group to work with. We are a great collaborative team all in alignment to bring forth the Shape active wear brand to a sophisticated, functional, fashion forward brand at an attainable price point.
What do you think of yoga pants? Gym wear?

I love seeing the evolution from how basic and plain yoga pants used to be all black and one or two silouhettes to how stylish and fun they are today. Performance fabrics, techniques, seaming, and prints have changed the game. The moment for gym wear as a part of everyday is now. I don’t see that changing. They flatter any woman and are so comfortable.

What are your plans for the future?

I plan to continue doing what I am doing, the opportunities are endless here as we have just started.

Define fashion?
Fashion is an individual​’​s self expression. When someone creates a​ uniques​ look that everyone ​loves and wants to emulate, it becomes fashion. There is a collective consciousness about what appeals to us at any given time.
Fashion comes from all walks of life.

How do you stay up to date regarding fashion?

​I live in NYC, and it is all around me. With active wear, it is less about the runway that it is about beauty, well being and performance. I look at music,emerging artists, nature and fashion.

How do you prepare for a photo shoot?

I take the original inspiration from the collection, and build a narrative around it. It is usually focused around one activity, such as rock climbing, running, tennis, skiing, etc.
I cast the model that is on brand for the magazine, who is upbeat and happy, fit, not skinny, athletic and naturally beautiful.
I select the appropriate photographer, one who best fits the overarching theme and trend. I review with them the location and give the art direction so they can prepare the set or the lighting.
After the crew has been selected I create a shot list with the outfit, shoes, hair and makeup for each look.

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Dustin Brown

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Fashion Power Couple Faith Boutin and Murray Rosen

At the second Sue Wong fashion show I attended, I had the good fortune of meeting the lovely Faith Boutin and her husband Murray Rosen.  I recently had the honor of being on the cover of their esteemed publication FVM Global Magazine. They are very creative and inspiring individuals who truly follow their passions for fashion, the arts and education.

Faith and Murray with acclaimed fashion designer Sue Wong. Photo courtesy of Sheri DetermanPhotography
Faith and Murray with acclaimed fashion designer Sue Wong. Photo courtesy of Sheri DetermanPhotography
Murray and Faith on the red carpet
Murray and Faith on the red carpet

How they came across the pursuit of their goals was even artistically inspired. In 1990, Faith and Murray attended the monumental Van Gogh Retrospective in Amsterdam to celebrate the centennial of the artist’s death. The couple was so moved both by the works they saw and the life of Van Gogh that they decided to dedicate their lives to the service of art. An earlier visit to the same field of sunflowers Van Gogh had viewed and then painted and then chosen to end his life in was also a deeply moving and life-changing experience for this artistically inclined couple. Faith and Murray have studied art history extensively in Paris, Florence, Milan, Venice, Rome and Barcelona. In the course of these studies in art, fashion, architecture and photography, they have made many international contacts in these fields. 

Faith and Murray at the Avant Garde Masquerade Ball
Faith and Murray at the Avant Garde Masquerade Ball

Fast forward to the summer of 2015, when the couple was in Paris to cover their first ever Haute Couture Fashion Week for their own magazine dedicated to the arts, FVM Global. In the interim, they had represented artists; used art to benefit charities; promoted talented emerging artists, actors, and fashion designers; and launched in 2008 their magazine, which has since celebrated all the arts and the human creative experience, and recognized individuals who have achieved greatness in their fields. An interest in fashion, which the magazine has since pursued diligently, was nurtured while representing clients in the industry; these clients proved instrumental in the couple’s exposure and education in the field.

You gotta have Faith! Faith and Murray look glam at an event
You gotta have Faith! Faith and Murray looking elegant
Your truly with Faith on the red carpet at renowned fashion designer Sue Wong's estate. Photo courtesy of Bob Delgadillo
Your truly with Faith on the red carpet at the renowned fashion designer Sue Wong’s estate. My gown is by Sue Wong (of course)! Photo courtesy of Bob Delgadillo

 Faith is the managing editor and force behind the magazine, working all hours every day covering art around the globe. She is the heart and spirit of FVM Global. Her passions are art and fashion and she has written or co-written nearly every monthly cover story in the magazine’s history. She loves her work, whether it be covering a Sue Wong fashion show in Los Angeles, a Roy Lichtenstein retrospective at the Pompidou Center in Paris, or a Jean Paul Gautier exhibit in Stockholm. Faith is a former public relations and advertising consultant. 

Murray is the editor-in-chief of FVM Global Magazine and co-writes many of the art, fashion, music, and restaurant reviews. Besides the magazine, he also runs a tutoring service for students, and exhorts them to contribute their own works to the magazine, including essays, reviews, art, and photography. He encourages his students to read the magazine’s articles to broaden their knowledge base and expand their vocabulary. He feels having his own magazine gives him carte blanche and he tries to write about subjects of interest and importance. Murray used to  teach math, physics and chemistry.  He still maintains a tutoring business in those subjects, which is thriving. 

 FVM has supported charities such as Face Forward (which provides facial reconstruction for severely battered women) and Adopt-a-Letter (which provides Christmas gifts for needy children) with numerous articles.

 FVM has also championed under-represented minorities in the arts with many profiles of fashion designers, actors, etc. who are Asian, Latino, and African-American.

Yours truly on the cover of FVM Global Magazine. Illustration courtesy of Walter Tabayoyong
Yours truly on the cover of FVM Global Magazine. Illustration courtesy of Walter Tabayoyong

 So, whether attending a press preview for architect Frank Gehry’s retrospective at LACMA, viewing a Giotto/Caravaggio exhibit in Paris, interviewing fashion designer Bowie Wong after his Haute Couture Week show, lunching with fashion designer Dalia MacPhee at the Galerie Lafayette, or hearing Gustavo Dudamel conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Faith and Murray are always at work in support of the human creative experience.

 More info at http://fvmglobalmagazine.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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Departed Shop Launches its Fall/Winter 2016 Line

Departed Shop launches its fall/winter 2016 line that is a contemporary menswear line that offers style with a sharp edge and a touch of a romantic pre-aged feel.

Departed's creative director Alexis Rosario in Departed!
Departed’s creative director Alexis Rosario wears the collection

“This innovative line has been inspired by daguerreotype, which was the first publicly announced photographic process. With its use of this old fashioned but stylized process, the line incorporates a lot of dark, rich colors. I like the era when people dressed in the classical, formal style. Since the style of daguerreotype was used by the upper echelon of high society, this line evokes that grandeur with a crisp modern edge,” says creative director Alexis Rosario.

Like a prayer...Stylized layered look with a button down shirt inspired by monks
Suited up…Stylized layered look with a button down shirt 

Hailing from Lima, Peru, Rosario brings a worldly and monochromatic yet whimsical style all his own. Rosario’s background is in graphic arts and architecture, which he utilizes in his bold structured designs. With its tapered lines and old-fashioned edge, it is a creative masterpiece of old meets new.

Futuristic 2 ply t-shirt from the collection
Futuristic 2 ply t-shirt from the collection

This line consists of trousers, blazers, leather jackets and winter coats all made locally in Los Angeles down to the fabric. There is an old school military style present with a modern twist. The line is also inspired by the vintage equestrian and Amish style.

This line is elegant, classic, but also daring and creative. Departed can be found at Politix in Beverly Center.

More info at www.departedshop.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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Hunter: Future Cop to be Released Nationally at Walmart

Hunter: Future Cop, the edgy urban action thriller directed and produced by award-winning filmmaker Gregory Hatanaka will be released at Walmart stores nationally on December 1st and it is also available on demand at Amazon, Google, iTunes and Cable. Noted actor Becks is the writer-producer and star of Hunter where he plays the title role of Lt. Ramsey Hunter. Hunter’s life changes drastically when several jarring cases hit him simultaneously. In no time, our fearless hero has to contend with a rogue cop killer, a beautiful Southern runaway serial killer and his corrupt police captain boss blackmailing him. But only one of the cases leads him to an ending of universal truth. Mystical Cop. Deadly Force. Champion of People. Beck’s Hunter is all that and more in this moving thriller that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats. Hunter has a quick draw and a heart of gold in this epic film.

Hunter movie poster
Hunter movie poster

Becks stars opposite budding executive producer and co-star Salih Mayi, Laurene Landon (Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance), DeBell (The Big Brawl), George Lazenby (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service), Marcella (Blue Dream), and Nicole D’Angelo (Darling Nikki).

From left to right: Actresses Laurene Landon, Magda Marcella, Kristine DeBell and filmmaker Gregory Hatanaka. Photo courtesy of Bob Delgadillo/PR Photos.
From left to right: Actresses Laurene Landon, Magda Marcella, Kristine DeBell and filmmaker Gregory Hatanaka. Photo courtesy of Bob Delgadillo/PR Photos.

“Making Hunter was such a treat as I worked with a talented veteran cast such as Ron Becks, GeorgeLazenby, Kristine DeBell and Laurene Landon who really helped to bring this retro 70s cop thriller to the silver screen,” said Hatanaka.

“It’s always an honor to work with Gregory (Hatanaka). I’m very grateful to him for giving me my first villainous role,” said DeBell.

Landon echoed DeBell’s sentiments. “Gregory is indubitably the most innovative director I have ever been granted the serendipity to work for. He pushes the boundaries of the status quo,” she said. He gives his actors the creative license to bring the characters to life. I love playing deeply flawed characters and Gregory challenges you to make them not three – but four dimensional, with respect and compassion. I am in awe of this man. What an honor to play my first villainous role opposite George Lazenby, a consummate pro. And Ron Becks is superb as Hunter,” added Landon.

“Hunter is not your typical cop and robbers movie, because it’s more about our inner journeys in that at some point in our lives we are ruled by self doubt and self made demons, so it’s all about finding the hero in you,” said a philosophical Becks.

More info about Hunter at these links:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3014454/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=lmGBzCauXSk

 

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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New Years Eve and Friendship Appreciation Awards Party

From our friend Eugene Sidney:

EUGENE SIDNEY ALONG WITH SWEET DREAMS ENTERTAINMENT WILL BE HOSTING OUR THIRD ANNUAL PRE- NEW YEARS EVE RED CARPET SOIREE.

DATE: SUNDAY DECEMBER 27, 2015

LOCATION: BUGATTA SUPPERCLUB
7174 MELROSE AVE
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90046

TIME: 7:00 P.M -2:00 A.M

ADMISSION IS FREE

Eugene poses on the red carpet with friendship appreciation award recipient and Mrs. Mexico Elisabeth Manila and Mrs. Phillipines Amelia Johnson. Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier
Eugene poses on the red carpet with friendship appreciation award recipient and Mrs. Mexico Elisabeth Manila and Mrs. Phillipines Amelia Johnson. Photo courtesy of Mark Sevier

 

Couture designer and honoree Sonia Ete in one of her signature gowns
Couture designer and honoree Sonia Ete in one of her signature gowns


Friendship Appreciation Award Honorees.

1) Julie Brown
2) Steven Washington
3) Dwayne Sample
4) Carmi Fellwock
5) Artist Robby Rami Gordon
6) Sonia Été
7) Alexis Kiley
8) Tina Hunt
9) Tracy Bond Tracey Ohh-Seven Bond
10) Art San
11)Elizabeth Manila
12) Sylvia Kittrell

Upscale Attire is a Must

WE DID SO WELL LAST YEAR WITH THE GREAT GATSBY THEME I THINK IT IS A GOOD THING TO BRING IT BACK AGAIN. , NOW YOU MAY ASK ME WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? IT MEANS YOU MUST BE ELEGANTLY DRESSED…LET US TRY TO BRING BACK THE OLD GLAMOR OF HOLLYWOOD

More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/1609676805964115/

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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