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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.

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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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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

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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

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Michael Douglas with philanthropist, actress and recording artist Ha Phuong at The Tibet Fund’s 6th Annual Gala, co-chaired by Richard Gere

HP, along with long-time supporters Gere and Douglas, are committed advocates of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his mission to preserve the distinct cultural and national identity of the Tibetan people. Visit tibetfund.org to learn how you too can support the Tibetan people and His Holiness.
On this special occasion in New York, The Tibet Fund honored Shep E. Gordon, an American talent manager, Hollywood film agent, and producer; Gelek Rinpoche, a spiritual teacher and Founder and President of Jewel Heart; and Philip Glass, a renowned music composer, for their long-standing support of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people.
“I was very honored to be a part of this ceremony recognizing these distinguished guests for their dedicated service to The Tibet Fund and helping the Tibetan people,” said Ha Phuong.

Philanthropist, actress and recording artist Ha Phuong joined by Michael Douglas on the red carpet in New York City. All photos courtesy Winston Burris
Philanthropist, actress and recording artist Ha Phuong joined by Michael Douglas on the red carpet in New York City. All photos courtesy Winston Burris

“After personally meeting with the Dalai Lama several years ago, I was deeply moved by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and I made the commitment to help bring awareness about The Tibet Fund that provides housing and infrastructure, health care and education to the Tibetan community, in exile and in Tibet. I urge everyone to offer their support to the Tibetan community and visittibetfund.org to learn more.”
About Michael Douglas
Michael Kirk Douglas is an American actor and producer. His career includes a diverse range of films in both independent and blockbuster genres, for which he has received a number of accolades both competitive and honorary; these include the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award for “outstanding contribution to the world of entertainment” and the AFI Life Achievement Award which “honor[s] an individual whose career in motion pictures or television has greatly contributed to the enrichment of American culture.”
About The Tibet Fund
The Tibet Fund’s mission is to preserve the distinct cultural and national identity of the Tibetan people. Since 1981, under the patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, The Tibet Fund has been the primary funding organization for health care, education, refugee rehabilitation, religious and cultural preservation, elder care and community and economic development programs serving more than 140,000 Tibetan refugees living in India, Nepal and Bhutan.
‘I would like to express my gratitude to all the friends who have generously contributed to The Tibet Fund over the years, with the hope that you will continue to support us until our difficulties have been finally and justly resolved.’
—His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
To view this message from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, please visit tibetfund.org

Dustin Brown

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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
Dustin Brown

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The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards Governors Ball 2015

Ha Phuong looking stunning on the red carpet. Photo courtesy Winston Burris
Ha Phuong looking stunning on the red carpet. Photo courtesy Winston Burris

Once the formalities of the award ceremony were completed, the A-list television stars celebrated their nominations and wins at the first party of the night: The Emmy’s Governors Ball.

The theme for the night, and quite fittingly so was, ‘Reigning With Radiance’. And spotted in all her glamorous radiance was actress and recording artist, Ha Phuong wearing an elegant Quynh Paris floor length gown in fuchsia. Equally as stunning was actress Jennifer Day wearing a contrasting white couture gown. The two A-listers looked as beautiful as they did radiant.

Ha Phuong with Emmy winner Regina King. Photo courtesy Winston Burris
Ha Phuong with Emmy winner Regina King. Photo courtesy Winston Burris

No stranger to being photographed with her contemporaries, Ha Phuong continued to dazzle throughout the night, stopping to pose with actress and TV host Tia Barr, and Grammy nominated and winner of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series, Regina King. Ha Phuong’s jewelled clutch purse as the perfect accessory looked every bit as impressive as Regina’s trophy. Ha Phuong may not have won an award but with her flawless skin and beautiful pose, she looked every inch a star at the Emmy’s Governors Ball.

Ha Phuong and Tia Barr on the red carpet. Photo courtesy Winston Burris
Ha Phuong and Tia Barr on the red carpet. Photo courtesy Winston Burris
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Comedy/Horror film GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE is set to be a scream!

Talented filmmaker and actor Gregory Blair is not a man to rest: with his award-winning psychological thriller DEADLY REVISIONS due out this fall via SGL Entertainment, Blair is already at work on his next project. Horror takes a back seat to comedy this time in a tale about a friendly gathering that goes hilariously awry when an unexpected guest arrives. With a pickaxe. And an attitude. Raise your glass to GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE.

Photo courtesy of Josh Patterson photography
Actor and filmmaker Gregory Blair on set. Photo courtesy of Josh Patterson photography

“I love films that successfully walk that line between horror and comedy,” writer/director Blair says, “whether it’s witty and referential like Scream or giddy low camp like Army of Darkness.” Aiming for that exact mix of madness, GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE is a fast-paced, wacky romp in the vein of Shaun of the Dead and Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. “I wanted to do something totally different from DEADLY REVISIONS”, Blair said. “That film is a brooding, moody, slow-burn mystery and I wanted to do something kinetic, wild and crazy.” Thus, GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE was hatched.

Garden Party Massacre poster courtesy of Janiel Escueta.
Garden Party Massacre poster courtesy of Janiel Escueta.

But comedy isn’t reserved for the film alone: Blair has made it the cornerstone of all the movie’s marketing; even the official site and fundraising is aimed at invoking laughter. “The film is all fun and games and we wanted to let the fun go beyond the confines of the film,” Blair says. “Hence the parody element in our teaser.” The campaign video is a “meta” comedy, slyly spoofing campaigns in general, even as it pitches its own. Contributions allow fans to “Join the party” and get movie memorabilia, film credit and other perks. The campaign and video can be viewed at http://www.GardenPartyMassacreFilm.com.

If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a fun, new Playbuzz quiz game in anticipation of the film. “Which GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE Character Are You?” lets fans choose between personality traits, weapons and more to discover which character from the film they best match. “Folks can have fun and get to know a little more about the characters along the way,” Blair explains. The quiz asks questions such as: “Do you Keep Calm or Scream Bloody Murder?”, “What Do You Bring to a Party?” and more. Those who are—excuse the term—game, can take the quiz here: http://bit.ly/1HVE7EG

And who is bringing this crazy cast of GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE characters to life? The list of actors includes some familiar names in comedy and horror as well as some fresh faces: Andy Gates (“Grimm”, “The Young and the Restless”,etc.), Nichole Bagby (“My Crazy Roommate”, “Sex Sent Me to the ER”, etc.), HPC’s Vida Ghaffari (“Jimmy Kimmel Live”, “The Mindy Project”, etc.), Dawna Lee Heising (“Slink”, “Legend of the Red Reaper”, etc.), David Leeper, Matt Weinglass and even Blair himself. “I figure if I’m gonna torture all these actors, I better get my butt in there, too,” he says.

GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE, shoots this October through PIX/SEE Productions; just days after DEADLY REVISIONS is released on 9/29/15. DEADLY REVISIONS won the Flicker award for “Best Picture”, the L.A. Movie Award for “Best Narrative Feature” as well as the Claw Award for “Best Feature Film Screenplay”, so Blair has shown he knows how to craft a good tale. In that light, GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE appears set to be a hilarious, hit and a bloody good time.

Join the party at: http://www.GardenPartyMassacreFilm.com

Play the game here: http://bit.ly/1HVE7EG

 

 

 

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