LOS ANGELES, CA – Circus Magazine, the new film media outlet from Steve Shaw, founder and editor of treats! Magazine, presented the 89th Academy Awards luxurious black-tie party at the private residence of Jonas Tåhlin, CEO Absolut Elyx.
The exclusive event attracted over 500 guests and celebrities who came out to celebrate people in the fields of art and entertainment.
Circus Magazine, LA’s first consumer focused film title launching later this year, presented the Academy Awards red carpet and ceremony on Samsung screens throughout Jonas’ house, a beautiful sprawling Hollywood Hills estate.
Other partners for the event included Volvo who provided a fleet of new vehicles to escort guests to the venue, and Vaseline who provided the photo booth for guests to take ‘old Hollywood’ style photos as a memento of the night.
Guests started to arrive at 3:30pm. Chanel West Coast was one of the first celebrities to arrive, joining as the award show had just got started. Absolut Elyx provided delicious signature cocktails such as the Butterfly consisting of Elyx, jasmine tea, lemon and Lillet. Spencer Garrett was seen in all black with a pineapple Absolut Elyx pin on his jacket.
Sitting pretty as always was Julia Clancey in a beautiful bright pink and orange gown topped with a sparkling headband. Everyone was tuned into the Oscar viewing and astonished by the award mix up creating buzz all evening.
Monday, February 20th, Los Angeles. Ca – The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) tonight announced the winners of the 2017 Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio, promotional, and graphic animation categories at concurrent ceremonies at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles and the Edison Ballroom in New York City.
Moonlight, Screenplay by Barry Jenkins, Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney; A24
Arrival, Screenplay by Eric Heisserer; Based on the Story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang; Paramount Pictures
Command and Control, Telescript by Robert Kenner & Eric Schlosser, Story by Brian Pearle and Kim Roberts; Based on the book Command and Control by Eric Schlosser; American Experience Films
TELEVISION AND NEW MEDIA WINNERS
The Americans, Written by Peter Ackerman, Tanya Barfield, Joshua Brand, Joel Fields, Stephen Schiff, Joe Weisberg, Tracey Scott Wilson; FX
Atlanta, Written by Donald Glover, Stephen Glover, Jamal Olori, Stefani Robinson, Paul Simms; FX
Atlanta, Written by Donald Glover, Stephen Glover, Jamal Olori, Stefani Robinson, Paul Simms; FX
ORIGINAL LONG FORM
Confirmation, Written by Susannah Grant; HBO
ADAPTED LONG FORM
The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Written by Scott Alexander, Joe Robert Cole, D.V. DeVincentis, Maya Forbes, Larry Karaszewski, Wally Wolodarsky, Based on the book The Run of His Life by Jeffrey Toobin; FX
ORIGINAL SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA
“The Party” (The Commute), Written by Linsey Stewart & Dane Clark; youtube.com
ADAPTED SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA
“Part 4” (Fear the Walking Dead: Passage), Written by Lauren Signorino & Mike Zunic; amc.com
“Stop the Presses” (BoJack Horseman), Written by Joe Lawson; Netflix
“The Trip” (This Is Us), Written by Vera Herbert; NBC
“Kimmy Goes on a Playdate!” (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Written by Robert Carlock; Netflix
COMEDY / VARIETY TALK SERIES
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Writers: Kevin Avery, Tim Carvell, Josh Gondelman, Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff Maurer, John Oliver, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner; HBO
COMEDY / VARIETY SKETCH SERIES
Saturday Night Live, Head Writers: Rob Klein, Bryan Tucker Writers: James Anderson, Fred Armisen, Jeremy Beiler, Chris Belair, Megan Callahan, Michael Che, Mikey Day, Jim Downey, Tina Fey, Fran Gillespie, Sudi Green, Tim Herlihy, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Zach Kanin, Chris Kelly, Erik Kenward, Paul Masella, Dave McCary, Dennis McNicholas, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, Josh Patten, Paula Pell, Katie Rich, Tim Robinson, Sarah Schneider, Pete Schultz, Streeter Seidell, Dave Sirus, Emily Spivey, Andrew Steele, Will Stephen, Kent Sublette; NBC
COMEDY / VARIETY SPECIALS
Triumph The Primary Election Special 2016, Written by Andy Breckman, Josh Comers, Raj Desai, David Feldman, R J Fried, Jarrett Grode, Ben Joseph, Matthew Kirsch, Michael Koman, Mike Lawrence, Brian Reich, Craig Rowin, Robert Smigel, Zach Smilovitz, David Taylor, Andrew Weinberg; Additional Materials by Ray James, Jesse Joyce, Jason Reich, Alex Scordelis; Hulu
QUIZ AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION
Hollywood Game Night, Head Writer: Grant Taylor; Writers: Michael Agbabian, Alex Chauvin, Ann Slichter, Dwight D. Smith; NBC
General Hospital, Writers: Shelly Altman, Anna Theresa Cascio, Andrea Archer Compton, Suzanne Flynn, Janet Iacobuzio, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Jean Passanante, Dave Rupel, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Chris Van Etten, Christopher Whitesell; ABC
“Mel vs. The Night Mare of Normal Street” (Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street), Written by Laurie Parres; Amazon Studios
CHILDREN’S LONG FORM
Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas, Written by Geri Cole & Ken Scarborough; HBO
DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – CURRENT EVENTS
“The Choice 2016” (Frontline), Written by Michael Kirk & Mike Wiser; PBS (TIE)
“Inside Assad’s Syria” (Frontline), Written by Martin Smith; PBS (TIE)
DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS
“Jackie Robinson, Part One,” Written by David McMahon & Sarah Burns; PBS
TV NEWS SCRIPT – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT
“Muhammad Ali: Remembering A Legend” (48 Hours), Written by Jerry Cipriano, John Craig Wilson; CBS News
TV NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY
“CBS Sunday Morning Almanac” June 12, 2016 (CBS SundayMorning), Written by Thomas A. Harris; CBS
“Chernobyl: 30 Years Later,” Written by Andrew Evans; ABC News Radio
RADIO NEWS SCRIPT – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT
“World News This Week” August 26, 2016, Written by Tara Gimbel Tanis; ABC News Radio
RADIO NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY
“Morley Safer: A Journalist’s Life,” Written by Gail Lee; CBS News Radio
ON-AIR PROMOTION (TELEVISION, NEW MEDIA OR RADIO)
“CBS On-Air Reel,” Written by Brian Retchless; CBS On-Air Promotion
TELEVISION GRAPHIC ART AND ANIMATION
“The Real History of Cinco de Mayo” (Gawker Media Group), Graphic Animation by Elisa Solinas; Lifehacker.com
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VIDEOGAME WRITING
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Written by Neil Druckmann, Josh Scherr; Additional Writing Tom Bissell, Ryan James; Naughty Dog
Emmy-winning actor-writer-comedian Patton Oswalt (Talking for Clapping, Veep) – who recently won a Grammy for Best Comedy Album – hosted the WGAW’s West Coast ceremony, which was once again executive produced by Hugh Fink.
Presenters who appeared in Los Angeles included: Emmy-nominated Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk; Emmy-nominated and SAG Award-winning Shameless star William H. Macy; Chelsea talk show host/comedian Chelsea Handler; Dr. Ken star Ken Jeong; Emmy-nominated and WGA-winning Portlandia / Documentary Now! co-creator/star Fred Armisen; The Goldbergs co-star Wendi McLendon-Covey; Emmy-winning Veep co-star Tony Hale; Fresh Off the Boat co-star Randall Park; The Big Bang Theory and Speechless co-star John Ross Bowie; Silicon Valley co-star Kumail Nanjiani; actress Michaela Watkins (Transparent, Casual); Playing House co-creators / co-stars Lennon Parham (Veep, Lady Dynamite) & Jessica St. Clair (Veep, The McCarthys), Emmy-winning TV writer-producer Norman Lear (One Day at a Time, All in the Family), actor David Koechner (The Goldbergs, Superior Donuts), and comedian/actor Bill Burr (Walk Your Way Out, Breaking Bad).
In addition, the WGAW presented several honorary awards during its ceremony: Oscar-nominated actor James Woods (Salvador, Nixon) presented the WGAW’s Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement to Academy Award and WGA-winning screenwriter-director Oliver Stone (Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, JFK); Emmy-winning The Newsroom star Jeff Daniels presented the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement to Oscar and WGA-winning The Social Network screenwriter and The West Wing / The Newsroom Creator Aaron Sorkin; Emmy-nominated actress Kerry Washington (Confirmation, Scandal) presented the Paul Selvin Award to screenwriter Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) for her script for the HBO telefilm, Confirmation, which embodies “the spirit of constitutional rights and civil liberties which are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere;” actor Jeff Goldblum (Independence Day: Resurgence, Jurassic Park) presented the Valentine Davies Award to acclaimed screenwriter-director Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones’s Diary) for his humanitarian service and charitable efforts around the globe; Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actress Shohreh Aghdashloo (The Expanse) presented the Jean Renoir Award for International Screenwriting Achievement to late Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry, The Wind Will Carry Us, Certified Copy), whose son Ahmad Kiarostami accepted on his behalf; and writer Howard Michael Gould (Instant Mom) presented the Morgan Cox Award to Emmy-nominated M*A*S*H writer and past WGAW Board of Directors member Dan Wilcox for his Guild service.
Attendees at the WGAW’s show included: Denzel Washington (Fences), Louis C.K. (Louie), Tom Ford (Nocturnal Animals), Pamela Adlon (Better Things), Tig Notaro (One Mississippi), Mykelti Williamson (Fences), Gil Birmingham (Hell or High Water), Diablo Cody (One Mississippi), Nathan Fielder (Nathan for You), Denis Villeneuve (Arrival), Brian Bloom (Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare), David Benioff (Game of Thrones), Megan Amram (The Good Place), author Laura Albert (aka JT LeRoy), SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris, and Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA).
The WGAE’s New York ceremony was hosted by Grammy-winning and Emmy-nominated stand-up comedian Lewis Black (The Daily Show, Inside Out) and co-executive produced by Bonnie Datt and Shannon Walker.
Presenters who appeared in New York City included esteemed actress Becky Ann Baker (Girls), Emmy-nominated actor Dylan Baker (The Americans), Screen Actors Guild Award-winning actress Danielle Brooks (Orange Is The New Black), Emmy-nominated actor Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Screen Actors Guild Award-winning actor David Harbour (Stranger Things), screen and stage actor Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta), series creator and star Jill Kargman (Odd Mom Out), Tony Award-winning actress Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Four-time Writers Guild Award-winning late night host Seth Meyers (Late Night with Seth Meyers), Writers Guild Award-nominated comedian Amber Ruffin (Late Night with Seth Meyers), Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Patrick Shanley (Doubt), Westminster-evicted puppet Triumph The Insult Comic Dog (Triumph’s Election Special) and respected journalist Alex Wagner (CBS News).
In addition, the WGAE presented several honorary awards during its ceremony: one of the most celebrated television writers of all time David Simon (The Deuce) presented his fellow Baltimore native John Waters (Hairspray, Serial Mom) with the Ian McLellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement; The legendary late night host David Letterman and writer Steve Young (Maya & Marty) presented the Twenty-time Emmy-nominated writer Steve O’Donnell (Late Night with David Letterman) with the Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence; Two-time Daytime Emmy Award-winner Melissa Salmons (The Guiding Light) presented Courtney Simon (One Life To Live) with the Richard B. Jablow Award for Devoted Service to the Guild; NAACP Image Award-winning author Walter Mosley (Always Outnumbered) presented fearless writer Jelani Cobb (Policing the Police, co-written with James Jacoby) with the inaugural Walter Bernstein Award, which honor writers who have demonstrated with creativity, grace and bravery a willingness to confront social injustice in the face of adversity.
Attendees at the WGAE’s show included: Walter Bernstein (The Front), Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester By The Sea), Diana Son (American Crime), Richard Price (The Night Of), Alex Gibney (Zero Days), Tina Fey (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Robert Carlock (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Stephen Henderson (Fences), Russell Hornsby (Fences), Paul Simms (Atlanta), Robert Smigel (Triumph’s Election Special), Joe Weisberg (The Americans), Joel Fields (The Americans), Stephen Schiff (The Americans), Chuck Sklar (88th Annual Academy Awards), Terry George (Hotel Rwanda), A.M. Homes (Falling Water), Chris Sparling (Mercy), Mink Stole (Pink Flamingos), Commissioner Gregg Bishop (NYC Department of Small Business Services), Neil Dudich (Eastern Executive Director, Directors Guild of America) and Matthew D. Loeb (International President, IATSE).
Production credits for the WGAW’s show included: Executive Producer Hugh Fink, Producers Tara Power and Joselyn Allen, Co-Producer Kelly Brock, Director Nick Murray, Head Writer Joe O’Brien, Writers Hugh Fink, Ed Lee, Danielle Koenig, Mike Drucker, Gerry Duggan, and Matt Oswalt, Creative Consultant Shelly Goldstein, Line Producer Tina Pavlides, and Production Designer Chris Giammalvo.
Production credits for the WGAE’s show included: Co-Executive Producers Bonnie Datt and Shannon Walker, Head Writer Ann B. Cohen, Writers Jordan Carlos, David Steven Cohen, Timothy Cooper, Don Hooper, Lily-Hayes Kaufman, Nick Nadel, Dan Perlman, Craig Shemin, Andrew Smith and Sasha Stewart, Line Producer LB Audio, Video & Scenic Solutions, and Clip/Tribute Reels Crain Shemin.
Los Angeles, Calif. February 15, 2017 – The Hollywood Press Corps announces a celebrity auction presented by Startuch.com. Startuch.com is an online platform where celebrities are raising funds for their preferred charities by donating pre-owned items to be auctioned online, announced today a new online celebrity auction that will go live on Wednesday, February 15th at 7.00am PT/10.00 ET at www.startuch.com. The auction will showcase exclusive memorabilia from influential pop culture artists like Paris Hilton, Gene Simmons, and J Sutta of The Pussycat Dolls. Startuch accepts a wide-range of items from celebrities including clothing, electronics, childrens’ items, music instruments, jewelry, art, signed or unsigned personal memorabilia, and much more. All of which will be auctioned off online, with proceeds going back to the celebrity’s charity of choice.
Hilton will be donating to Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles and Starlight Children’s Foundation, Gene Simmons will be donating to Mending Kids, and J Sutta will be donating to A League of Extraordinary Mutts. Speaking about his decision to donate and auction items at Startuch.com.
“All around the globe there’s children in need of urgent life-changing medical care and I believe in doing what I can to help. It’s great to see companies like Startuch.com offering a new way for people like myself to help our charities like Mendingkids.org, I hope others will also donate items and use this service to raise more money for their important causes,” said Gene Simmons.
J Sutta added, “Through auctioning these items on Startuch.com, I want to give something back to the fans and most importantly help raise more funds for dogs looking for a loving home at the League of Extraordinary Mutts.”
Paris Hilton also added, “I’m always looking for ways to help charities and good causes and when I heard about Startuch.com, I was immediately onboard to support their online auction to raise funds for charity. Through my Facebook donations I will support two charities that are important to me, Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles and The Starlight Children’s Foundation, both are wonderful causes that I’ve supported for many years. I encourage you to go online and place a bid and help support these good causes.”
Speaking about the new auction items and donations Startuch.com co-founder Evgenia Lorcy:
“It’s been our mission from the very beginning to always help those in need and I know there are so many celebrities and public figures who are always looking for more ways to give back. Startuch provides a simple and easy way for them to give back with very little required from them, except to donate some of their personal and performance items. We are extremely thankful to Gene, Paris and J Sutta for their wonderful participation and contribution to their causes, we know there will be many fans who will be excited about these exclusive items and we’re thrilled that they see the benefit and ease of working with us.”
Sample items going live on auction on Startuch.com on Wednesday, February 15th at 7.00am PT / 10.00 ET are as follows:
Paris Hilton Items:
Autographed “Roxy” Snowboard by Paris Hilton
Autographed, Crocodile Pattern Red Leather High Heels, from “Paris Hilton” Collection
Pattern dress with red bow
Paris Hilton cocktail mirror encrusted gold dress
Autographed Silver Grey Heels With Gold Bow, from “Paris Hilton” Collection
Paris Hilton pink ribbon cocktail dress
Cheetah Animal Print Satin Blazer with waist Tie Belt
Autographed Shoulder Tote Bag, from “Paris Hilton Rouge” Collection
Bangle Rhinestone Bracelet
Autographed Tote Bag
Sequined Green Jacket
Red Leather Jacket
Autographed Purse with Paris Hilton Logo Embroidered
Black Bangle “LOVE” Bracelet
Gene Simmons Items:
Folds of Honor Foundation Helmet signed by Gene Simmons (one-of-a-kind)
Newborn baby KISS onesie signed by Gene Simmons
2 medium-sized women’s grey and glitter KISS crew sweatshirts signed by Gene Simmons
2 KISS Rocks Vegas DVD and CD pack signed by Gene Simmons
1 Gene Simmons Family Jewels Final Season DVD signed by Gene Simmons
1 KISS sign, signed by Gene Simmons
J Sutta Items:
J Sutta World Tour Pussycat Dolls Hoodie, with embroidered “Don’t Cha Wish Your Girlfriend Was Hot Like Me” and “PCD”
J Sutta World Tour Pussycat Doll T-Shirt
Others recent donors have included Terrell Owens (NFL), Lady Victoria Hervey (Model/Socialite), Vivica A. Fox (Empire/Independence Day: Resurgence), Matthew Rhys (The Americans), Adam Rodriguez (Empire), Lorenzo Lamas (The Celebrity Apprentice), and more. Startuch.com founder Evgenia Lorcy began her career as a model and fashion designer well known in New York and Paris fashion industry. While in New York, her high-end clothing brand EV&EL, was picked up by major stores across the U.S., including Nordstrom. At this time, Lorcy (formerly known as Gvozdetskaya) worked with and launched the careers of the then-unknown models Adriana Lima and Ivanka Trump. After winning numerous fashion awards, Lorcy also dressed celebrities such as Ivana Trump, Prince, Drew Barrymore, and Mariah Carey, and as a wardrobe supplier for the TV series “Melrose Place.” Lorcy later created her handbag and purse line “TsariTza” (meaning Queen in Russian), worn by socialites worldwide. In 2014, Lorcy and her husband, Patrick Lorcy co-founded Startuch.com as a way for celebrities and public figures to have a hassle-free way of giving back to their favorite charities.
The rom-com nonTransferable held their red carpet launch event on Monday, February 13th at the kitschy Now Boarding in heart of West Hollywood. This film was almost entirely shot in Turkey, and it would take Iranian-American attorney Nadia Davari to bridge the gap between east and west as the legal counsel of this international film. Davari reps Lightening Entertainment, a noted production company and distributor of the film.
Interestingly enough, this film had an exclusive 4K Ultra HD Release of the Original Independent Film on UltraFlix before it hits theaters. All of this is in conjunction with NanoTech Entertainment, who provides the innovative 4K experience to consumers and has a strategic partnership with SWIG MEDIA and Lightning Entertainment. UltraFlix has secured digital distribution rights to nonTransferable motion picture. This partnership is helping to usher in the Company’s expansion of premiere film presentations and original programs on the UltraFlix network.
James Walker, President of Lightning Entertainment, and Forest Robin, Head of Digital Distribution lead the team working with the filmmakers spearheading this distribution deal. Walker noted “The entertainment industry is looking increasingly at new models using the digital platforms to release and bring attention to films in ways other than through costly P&A. Lightning Entertainment is positioned to leverage our relationship with SWIG Media’s next generation digital distribution capabilities and content partners to bring wonderful new movies like nonTransferable to the market in new and unique ways.”
As for the film, nonTransferable follows the adventures of Amy Tyler (Ashley Clements), a bleeding heart romantic who books a surprise vacation of a lifetime for her boyfriend Josh Merit (Christopher Nicholas Smith). When he abruptly breaks up with her on their anniversary, Amy is stuck with the non-transferable tickets in his name. Dealt with a difficult and time sensitive situation, Amy’s clever friends suggest that if she can’t change the tickets…why not change the guy? She comes across another Josh Merit (Brendan Bradley, who also wrote and directed the film) and the sparks fly.
This film also stars Amin Joseph, Shanna Malcolm, Katie Wee, Matthew Scott Montgomery, Sara Fletcher, Cem Baza, Monika Jolly, Daniel Vincent Gordh, Julia Cho, Joey Richter, Jessica Andres and Cigdem Önat.
In addition to the wonderful rom com story, this film is so intriguing on many levels. Produced by an American production, with a strong indie cast, but the the project was almost entirely filmed in Turkey. And during the geopolitical coup no less! Additionally, this film was also partially financed via Turkey’s tourism board and appropriately enough, the trailer screened on Turkish Airlines channel.
All in all it was a great event, with an open bar (yet I was too sick to enjoy much of anything) with an airline theme…how apropos for a film about travel and the food was catered by Prime Cutts. So let’s fly high with nonTransferable!
The Hollywood Press Corps got a chance to meet up with legendary bass guitar player, Chris Wyse. Chris has played with Ozzy Osbourne, Mick Jagger, the Cult and most recently Ace Frehley. Chris played an amazing set of heavy metal with Ace. Here are a few questions that we came up for Chris while he was in Los Angeles with Ace to play one of the coolest venues in LA, the Saban Theatre.
Hollywood Press Corps (HPC):
So how is your latest project with Ace going?
Chris Wyse (CW): Ace recently told me he wants to get us in the studio after we return from the South American tour in March! I know he has a few songs started and it’s really exciting to venture into new original music. Anything can happen!
HPC: What is life like on the road?
CW: The shows have been really great! The fans really appreciate Ace and the bands high energy output. We have lots of fun. The fans have been really excited. It’s always great to tour the USA and it all just feels like home. Life on the road is good. We are all however looking forward to South America. Fantastic crowds down there. This will be my fourth tour of SA.
HPC: Is there anything new with your bass playing?
CW: Recently I have been playing an active Fender P Bass Elite. It has a different vibe than my passive basses and it has been fun dialing in such a powerful preamp on the bass itself.
HPC: How do you select what your next project is going to be?
CW:It all is based on inspiration for writing and playing. This is especially true for my band Owl since I guide the ship. I like to get back to the upright bass usually. Owltheband.net
HPC: Do you ever wish you would’ve played with anyone over the years that you didn’t get a chance to work with?
CW:I think Dave Growl, Zak Wylde and myself would make a sick band. I never played with either but I know Zak some and he’s very funny, such a killer musician. I love Dave’s drumming and talent as well.
HPC: Do you remember who your first guitar teacher was or your first bass teacher?
CW: Steve Harris really is my bass inspiration. As far as Double Bass or Upright Bass I studied classical bass in college with Michael Wicks of the Albany NY Orchestra.
HPC: Who do you think was the best bass player ever?
CW: Steve Harris for his huge impact on bass playing. I’m one of many that love Steve.
HPC: What was it like to be involved with so many legends?
CW:It has been quite the wild ride but I love it and find it rewarding to pour my heart into music. It is also is nice to be trusted by such fame and talent. I have learned so much from all the artists I have worked with. Being in the Ace Frehley Band is quite the honor. Ace is very experienced yet naturally. Always be you.
HPC: Do you have a good Ozzy story?
CW: Ozzy quote-“You are fucking gonna love me Chris because I love the bass loud and I love all the riffs you are throwing in!” That made me smile huge!! I really love Ozzy’s energy. He is an amazing artist and voice!! One of my faves.
HPC: Do you have a good Mick Jagger story?
CW: I was playing upright bass with a bow and Mick sort of did his Mick strut while I was playing. I felt transported to another place. It was great to have that experience to record with him. We drank fine red wine after and chatted for a couple hours over a great dinner.
HPC: What was the ultimate Cult show, where everything just sounded the best?
CW: I recall a show on Jimmy Kimmel on the outside stage in 2012 that felt great. It was in support of “Choice of Weapon”. We hit a new peak and I had some really cool bass bits on that album I loved to play. Playing on TV sounds sterile but this is really like a live mini set. It was fun. I once saw David Gilmour at the Kimmel Show and hung out with my buds The Trailer Park Boys just to hang out. Great show and green room!
HPC: What is one thing that would surprise people to know about you?
CW: I do Yoga and I’m still striving in my bass playing, singing and writing to always get better. I am going back to some of my sonatas from Vivaldi lately with the bow. There are two bows for upright bass. I play German preferred over French bow but play both. I have been teaching bass guitar and upright bass with in depth theory and techniques. It keeps me sharp and open to other peoples taste.
HPC: What does the future of 2017 look like for you?
CW: New Ace original music and more touring! Owl will also have a return with new music!! 2017 will be full of new music!
Thanks for Chris for taking time to answer our questions. It’s so interesting to hear about a professional bass player who plays “Detroit Rock City” and Vivaldi! Check out Chris with Ace Frehley on his Space Invader tour and Chris’s project called Owl!
The riveting first official teaser trailer for the new supernatural horror film HOLY TERROR was just released. This film is in post production via Cineridge Entertainment from the award-winning team who previously brought us SAMURAI COP 2: DEADLY VENGEANCE.
Written and directed by Rich Mallery (SOCIOPATHIA) and executive-produced by Gregory Hatanaka (who helmed SAMURAI COP 2 from a script co-written by Mallery), HOLY TERROR stars MEATBALLS’ Kristine DeBell, Bruce Lee’s GAME OF DEATH’s Mel Novak, Lisa London (H.O.T.S., PRIVATE RESORT), Kelly Reiter (The Z Virus), Jesse Hlubik (MAY, ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE), Nicole Olson, Scott Butler (WIENER DOG INTERNATIONALS), and HPC’s Vida G (THE MINDY PROJECT, JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE).
Believing the strange disturbances in their home are their deceased son reaching out from the other side, Molly [Reiter] and Tom [Hlubik] ask a medium [London] to make contact. But instead of their child, the three accidentally invite a vengeful demon to cross over. After the demon violently possesses Molly’s younger sister [Olson], the couple enlists the help of a disgraced priest [Butler] and his mentor Sister Catherine [DeBell] to attempt a dangerous exorcism.
“There has been a resurgence of exorcism/possession-type movies, so it’s a little challenging to give audiences something they haven’t seen before. But we have a few tricks up our sleeve that are going to make HOLY TERROR stand apart from the crowd. Plus, we’re going for a real late-’70s/early-’80s feel. Films like THE CHANGELING, THE AMITYVILLE HORROR and of course the original EXORCIST are huge influences on this project,” said Mallery.
“I’m really excited to be partnering with Gregory Hatanaka again; this is the fourth film we’ve worked on together,” Mallery continues. “It’s a little strange this time around, since usually he’s directing and I’m the writer/AD, and this time I’m directing and he’s the DP, but we’re totally in sync when it comes to the vision, so we’re like a well-oiled machine. We’ve brought back a lot of the cast of SAMURAI COP 2—Jesse Hlubik, Lisa London, Mel Novak, Kristine DeBell and Nicole Olson—and although this is a completely different type of film, it’s great to have a lot of familiar faces who are used to the way Gregory and I work. We’re both slightly insane, so it’s amazing to be surrounded by people who support our vision.”
“As Rich and I are both rabid fans of 70s AIP and New World horror pics,” Hatanaka adds, “it was only a matter of time before we teamed up to do a film in that tradition. HOLY TERROR works on deep psychological levels, and has an otherworldly, TWILIGHT ZONE-ish kind of feel.”
Holy Terror will be premiering this April on Amazon Prime.
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