Second Annual Lucky Strikes Films Festival

The Lucky Strikes Films Studio proudly presents their second annual Lucky Strikes Films Festival, which will take place on Sunday,  September 23rd, 2018 at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts. Multi talented and acclaimed filmmaker Romane Simone is the founder of this esteemed film festival.

Festival founder and filmmaker Romane Simon

Celebrities in attendance are Grammy winning Singer-Songwriter Eric Bellinger, Emmy winning actress Judi Evans (Days of Our Lives), actor Sean Faris star (Pretty Little Liars, Sleepover, Never Back Down,I am not for sale: The Fight to End Human Trafficking), Mel Novak (star of Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, an Eye for an Eye opposite Chuck Norris and Steve McQueen: American Icon opposite Mel Gibson), Noel Gugliemi (Training Day, Bruce Almighty, Fast and Furious), actor and filmmaker Harley Wallen (Bennett’s Song), actress Kaiti Wallen (Into A Dark Mind) filmmaker Dustin Ferguson (Nemesis 5: The New Model), actress Dawna Lee Heising (Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance), actress Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project), TV personality Raquel Lee (BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood), rap artist C-TRU, musicians Jeff Chery (VH1’s Signed) and Yung (famously known for the hit song “Teach me how to Dougie”), noted entertainment attorney Nadia Davari and many more.

ATTIRE: upscale

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Betrayed World Premiere at the Historic Chinese Theatre

On Wednesday Sept 26th, Betrayed will have its world premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatres 6 in 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028. 

This much anticipated action crime thriller from multi award-winning actor and filmmaker Harley Wallen, “Betrayed,” has a wonderful ensemble cast  consisting of Richard Tyson, John Savage, Billy Wirth, TJ Storm, Yan Birch, Kaiti Wallen, Calhoun Koenig, Angelina Danielle Cama and Blanca Blanco. 

Betrayed poster

Numerous celebrities and VIPs are expected at this event such as filmmaker/actor Harley Wallen (Bennett’s Song), Richard Tyson (Kindergarten Cop), John Savage (The Thin Red Line), Billy Wirth (The Lost Boys), TJ Storm (Punisher: War Zone), Kaiti Wallen (Into A Dark Mind), Yan Birch (The People Under the Stairs), Calhoun Koenig (Bennett’s Song), Angelina Danielle Cama (Moving Parts) and Blanca Blanco (Fake News). Other celebrities expected are Jake Busey (The Predator), Scout Taylor-Compton (Rob Zombie’s Halloween 1 and 2), Tom Berenger (Platoon), Billy Zane (Titantic), Tara Reid (American Pie), Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story), Aki Aleong (Babylon 5), Dave Sheridan (Scary Movie), Hank Garrett (Three Days of the Condor), Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death), Dawna Lee Heising (Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance), Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project), Jimmy Star and Ron Russell (The Jimmy Star Show with Ron Russell), Erika Hoveland (Before I Wake) and Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp).

Award-winning actor and filmmaker Harley Wallen.

PARKING: Park for up to 4-hours for $2 with validation from the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres. ($2.00 every 20 minutes thereafter).

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DIRTY D Unleashes MIDNIGHT DANCER Video Directed by Brainztem

Award-winning filmmaker Dustin Ferguson, aka “Dirty D” is at it again! He has just released the second music video from his “Hollywood Rock” EP with German Hip Hop-Electro Artist E-Rocker, titled “Midnight Dancer”.

Midnight Dancer

This much anticipated video was directed and edited by music video filmmaker Brainztem, famous for his visual work with rising Hip Hop artist Cuban Doll, most notably on the clips “Bankrupt”, “Down To Ride” (featuring NyNy) and “Made It Now”. Fresh off the set of directing his most recent video for “Shake Sum”, director Brainztem teamed up with Dirty-D for his new video, which was filmed in Huntington Beach, California.

Dirty D and the gang

The clip features “Dirty D” dressed in different “old skool”-inspired outfits, rapping his lyrics in a variety of locations, including a limousine, a luxurious duplex and a secluded park with break dancer “Jason Sensation”. The video features several notable cameos, including Carrie Annie Bernans of “Black Panther” fame, Dawna Lee Heising from “Revenge of the Samurai Cop” with Tommy Wiseau, Freddy James, who is a staple in the recent films of prolific B-movie director Jim Wynorski (“Chopping Mall”), Hollywood stunt-driver Ryan Rasberry of “Los Angeles Lifers” and actor and martial arts black belt Esau McKnight of “Spy Hard”.

Midnight Dancer still

The “Hollywood Rock” EP is available to stream on Bandcamp, as well as through iTunes and Spotify.  Dirty D’s follow-up “mixtape” titled “All It’s Missing Is My Name” is currently available for FREE on Soundcloud. I really enjoyed the catchy beats and the retro inspired theme. Dirty D and his entourage know how to party!

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(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 — Pitchoun! held a successful grand opening of its second location at the Beverly Center last week in Los Angeles.Located at the world famous Beverly Center this event celebrity influncers and actors from sdsdf silver screen and the internet. Guests walked the red carpet at the Pitchoun Bakery Grand Opening including actress Celeste Thorson (How I Met Your Mother, Jimmy Kidddmmel Live!, The Exes), film producer Michael Gruskoff (Young Frankenstein, Prelude to a Kiss), YouTube star Matthieu Lange, actress, and influencer Elisakh Hagia, and TV reality stars Sebastien and Bryan Dubois among many others.

Treats at Pitchoun! in downtown Los Angeles. Photo by Barbara Da Costa

Drinks & mini bites were served as well as an opportunity to win a private lesson with Pitchoun’s pastry chef, breakfast delivery, a fine gourmet gift basket with a Boiron Basket of Health, and a Caudalie express facial. All proceeds from the tickets benefited the Pediatrics Department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The ribbon-cutting took place at 3 pm, with representatives of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce; Mrs. Genevieve Morrill, Chamber President and CEO; Mrs. Tracy Paaso, Chamber Director of Membership and Events; Mr. Keith Kaplan, Board Chair; Mr. Ralph Barnes, Board Member and General Manager of the Beverly Center; and Mrs. Lauren Goldstein, Chamber Office Manager. Sponsors icluded: Sünder, Boiron, Zadig & Voltaire, Diptyque, Evian, Ba&sh, Caudalie, and Mod’s Hair.

At the Grand Opening for Pitchout! Beverly at the Beverly Center. Photo by Barabara Da Costa

Pitchoun! Bakery is a family-owned business run by husband-and-wife team Frédéric and Fabienne Souliès, Pitchoun! (which means “kiddo” in French) is the result of the couple’s deep passion and history for bread and baking.

Guests on the red carpet. Photo by Barbara Da Costa
Cutting the ribbon ceremony. Photo by Photo by Barbara Da Costa
On the red carpet. Photo by Barbara Da Costa

Having grown up in his grandfather’s bakery, Frédéric comes from a long line of French bakers and farmers. Fabienne inherited her knowledge of Mediterranean cuisine with an Italian twist from her parents. Backed by a supporting cast of experienced French chefs, Pitchoun! deftly brings French savoir-faire and culinary techniques to California.

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The Swansons at the Whisky A Go Go

(HOLLYWOOD)  —Friday, September 7, 2018 — The Hollywood Press Corps sent photographer Sanaz Danesh to cover The Swansons, an alternative country pop-rock band that played on Friday at the Whisky A Go-Go. Opening for The Mmhmm Band which features  Willie Nelson’s granddaugther.


The Hollywood Press Corps looks forward to the next show with the Swansons! Check out their website here

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The Return of Highwire Daze Magazine – The Print Issue is Back!

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS)  — SEPTEMBER 5, 2018 — On the 1st week of November, Highwire Daze magazine will make its return into the print arena on a continuing basis, starting off with Issue #121!  The magazine stopped printing in 2009, going fully Internet based at  In 2015, Highwire Daze would present a special one-time only 25th Anniversary Print Edition, where Editor Ken announced in his Sketches By The Editor column that “this will be the last print issue I ever do.

311 ~ Photo by Jack Lue

Times change – even the vinyl record album has returned in an epic way.  And now is the perfect time for a Los Angeles DIY music print magazine to cover our local and national music scene,” Editor Ken now states.  After premiering the comeback edition in November 2018, Highwire Daze magazine will be presented on a quarterly basis throughout 2019 and beyond.  Distribution will be in music clubs, record stores, retail outlets, recording studios, and many other places.

Three Doors Down ~ Photo by Jack Lue


The print issue will feature Band and Artist Interviews, Album Reviews, Concert Reviews as well as the columns Sketches By The Editor, The Wright WaveBret’s Ramblings, and special content from world famous photographer Jack Lue.

Advertising will be available throughout the magazine, including on the glossy pages.  Highwire Daze will distribute 5,000 issues throughout Los Angeles and Orange County in Southern California.  The Internet version of the site will remain online, business as usual, updated on a daily basis.

Highwire Daze magazine was founded in 1990 by Ken Morton and Judith Scott.  Throughout the years, Highwire Daze magazine has interviewed notable bands and artists such as Black SabbathRonnie James Dio, Lonnie Jordan of WAR, Average White Band, Redbone, The Church, MegadethFoghatAvenged SevenfoldCanned HeatJethro TullSlayerAnthrax, Testament, Blue Oyster Cult, John Taylor of Duran DuranGary Numan, Ride, Material IssueKirsty MacColl and more!

An almost complete history of Highwire Daze magazine and the many bands and artists covered throughout the years may be found here:

Senior Photographer Jack Lue is best known for his iconic work with pre-record label era Guns N’ Roses, and is the co-author of Reckless Road:  Guns N’ Roses and the Making of Appetite for Destruction.  Jack Lue has been shooting for Highwire Daze Online since October 2013.

The Highwire Daze magazine staff will include:

Ken Morton – Editor

Danny S. Pasley – Managing Editor

Jonathan D. Wright – Associate Editor

Bret Miller – Associate Editor

Jack Lue – Senior Photographer

Yannick D’Assignes – Front Cover Art/Ad Design

Highwire Daze Online will partnership with Yannick D’Assignes of Smart Works International, who will supply our front cover art and select ad designs.  Smart Works International is a creative solutions provider of Marketing, Design and Development needs in any format. Their international team of professionals create digital and print experiences that have a direct and clear impact thanks to the use of the latest technologies and research driven strategies. With the capacity to dedicate full time specialists to your project, they embed themselves within your organizations culture to better understand your audience and produce results. Smart Works International passionately delivers powerful projects customized to your company directly.

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Twilight on the Pier Concert Series Returns to Santa Monica

  (HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — SEPTEMBER 5, 2018 — The Hollywood Press Corps will be covering Twilight on the Pier! This is the outdoor music festival that’s almost as iconic as the Pier itself.

It’s back for the 34th year. The 2018 series will spotlight the best and brightest SoCal has to offer and unique artists from around the world – a truly Local Meets Global experience.

Jarina De Marco will be on the Main Stage on September 5th

With stages on the Pier Deck, in Pacific Park, and the West End, each night of the series will be a Pier-wide festival, complete with immersive art, food offerings and a beer and spirits garden. The public beach adjacent to the Pier will not be activated as viewing or picnicking grounds like past seasons; instead, festival-goers will enjoy a Pier-wide takeover outfitted with activations and games along the Pier promenade. Sponsors include Aperol, White Claw, Beanfields, KeVita Kombucha, Lyft, Boxed Water, Zico, Clif, The Albright, Boulevard Brewing Co., Seaside on the Pier, Loews Hotel.

SISTER MANTOS will be on the Pacific Park Stage on September 5th

“This series is a true celebration of the values that the Pier holds so dearly: diversity, collaboration, and fun,” said SMPC Executive Director Negin Singh. “With two new stages, a new ‘art walk’ vibe, and a focus on creating a sustainable, safe event that will last another 3 decades, Twilight on the Pier will feel different in a lot of ways from past years, but the spirit stays the same: getting people from all walks of life together to connect in a glorious setting with music and art.”

QUITAPENAS Will be on the West End Stage on Sept 5th

On Wednesday, Sept 5th, the free concerts return to Santa Monica as the TWILIGHT ON THE PIER concert series debuts with Latin Waves. Produced by the Santa Monica Pier Corporation(SMPC) and RH&S Concerts, the beloved six-week SoCal event features one of the largest rosters of curated talent in the series’ 34-year existence. From 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Twilight guests will experience the rhythms of four distinct and diverse artists, summoning Latin Waves that’ll sweep over the entire Santa Monica Pier.  The outdoor music festival is free to attend and offers a Pier-wide immersion of art, food offerings, games, and features beer and spirits garden.

Here’s what’s coming for September and October;

Latin Waves Cascade Over Week One of Twilight on the Pier, Sept. 5th







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Entertainment Attorney Nadia Davari Helps Avoid the Horrific Pitfalls of Showbiz at ScareLA With Actress Vida Ghaffari Moderating

On Sunday, August 26th from 12:15 to 1:15pm, at the demo stage of the Los Angeles Convention Center, ScareLA 2018 had the “Avoiding Horrific Pitfalls: What is a Release and Why Do I Need One?” with ScareLA’s own renowned entertainment attorney Nadia Davari and her client, noted actress Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project, Abeyance, Holy Terror).

Actress and HPC’s very own Vida G. and Attorney Nadia Davari

These ladies took the stage to guide attendees safely past the horror entertainment industry’s largest — and unexpected — pitfalls. Don’t get taken advantage of and let Davari show you the way! To add a little practical spice, this seminar was moderated by Ghaffari, who herself has dealt first-hand with many of these pitfalls in her career, but overcame them all with Davari’s expertise. Many of the ladies educational and often humorous experiences and anecdotes were highlighted in this panel.

“It has truly been an honor to represent ScareLA and Lora, a very creative and motivated young serial entrepreneur, and watch it evolve into such an informative and epic event,” said Davari.

“I’m so thrilled to be part of this panel once again with my wise attorney and a part of this wonderful convention that was started by a woman. It’s really great to be a part of the horror community with such knowledgeable and empowered women,” added Ghaffari.

“I created ScareLA with the vision of bringing community together and celebrating our city’s diversity in its most unusual forms. Halloween has an amazing tradition of self-expression and creativity and we bring thousands of artists, haunt entertainment professionals, horror filmmakers and fans to celebrate it early. ScareLA was first to bring Halloween to the summer and we are thrilled with the amazing response to our show and creating Halloween’s first Comic-con,” said Ivanova.

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