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Legendary Actors and Martial Artists Aleong and Novak to Be Inducted Into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame

  On Saturday, May 20th, legendary actors and martial artists Aki Aleong and Mel Novak will be inducted into the prestigious USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame at their gala in Fullerton, CA. This Hall of Fame was founded by Grandmaster Jim Thomas, Ph.D./D.Sc./Ma.Dsc.

Grandmaster Jim Thomas and Loretta Hallmark

Dr. Thomas is a 10th degree grand master and is recognized as one of 20 worldwide. He has been active in the martial arts field for over half a century. In addition to serving as the head coach for Team USA, he was inducted into 6 various martial arts ‘Hall of Fame’ institutions and listed in ‘Who’s – Who’ in the world of Martial Arts. Grandmaster Thomas has won over 200 awards and trophies and served in the U.S. Air Force for 7 years during the Vietnam Evacuation Era. He was a former athlete for the USA World Class Competition Team and has appeared in over 8 Martial Arts Motions pictures.

Sifu Mark Hoadley

The U.S.A. Martial Arts ‘Hall of Fame’ “Hall of Heroes” was originally created in 1976 by Grand Master Robert Trias, the first man to open a martial arts school in the U.S. In its beginning it was very small in nature and was done spontaneously at various Martial Arts functions. Grandmaster Thomas and Mike Day were called upon to orchestrate this function into what it is today. Even with the passing of Grandmaster Trias and Day, Thomas has kept this event alive himself and includes new exciting things each and every year! This event actually spans three days from May 19th to May 21st with seminars and classes and the gala being on the 20th. Celebrities in attendance at the gala are Kathy Long, Art Camacho, Olivier Gruner and many more. Martial Artist and stand-up comic Mark Hoadley will be opening the gala with his unique style of stand-up comedy. Sifu Hoadley is a 3 time Hall of Fame inductee and last year’s Alliance inductee. Mark frequently performs at The World Famous Comedy Store, The Ice House and the Clown House.

Awardees Aki Aleong and Mel Novak. Photo courtesy of Sheri Determan/PR Photos

Iconic martial artist Aki Aleong has starred in over 50 feature films and 150 TV shows. He has starred in films opposite the likes of Frank Sinatra Jr., Nick Nolte, Christian Slater, Marlon Brando, Faye Dunaway, Joanne Woodward, Ben Kingsley, Ernest Borgnine, Martin Landau, Roger Moore, Peter Lawford, Olivia Hussey, and Pierce Brosnan. He has served on the National Board of the Screen Actors Guild, appointed National Chair of SAG’S EEOC and was a member of the President’s Diversity/Affirmative Action Task Force. Aki’s legendary career started on Broadway in “Teahouse of the August Moon” and “The Interview.” He is probably best known for portraying Senator Hidoshi during the first season of Babylon 5, as well as portraying Mr. Chiang, the aide to Nathan Bates in the weekly series of V: The Series. He also portrayed the character of Colonel Mitamura in Farewell to the King and starred in Missing in Action Part 3 Opposite Chuck Norris and The Quest opposite Jean Claude Van Damme and Roger Moore. Aleong recently starred opposite Jean Claude Van Damme again in Pound of Flesh and just guest starred in an episode of the three time Peabody nominated Suspense show opposite Torohu Masamune (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).

Aki on set with Danny Trejo

Martial arts legend Mel Novak is best known as the iconic Stick the Assassin in Bruce Lee’s final film Game of Death. He has starred in more than 60 feature films opposite the likes of icons such as Steve McQueen, Yul Brenner, Chuck Norris, David Carradine, Rosie O’Donnell, Dan Ackroyd and many others. He has been bestowed with numerous awards for his acting work as well as humanitarian awards. He has been volunteering on Skid Row for over 30 years and has counseled prisoners at the most dangerous prisons in the country and has also volunteered with the Special Olympics. More recently, he starred in Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance, #1 grossing indie martial arts action movie of 2015. Mel also starred in the recently released Sony Pictures’ Checkpoint, opposite William Forsythe, Bill Goldberg, Fred “The Hammer” Williamson and Kenny Johnson. Mel also starred in the much buzzed about Holy Terror opposite Kristine DeBell (Meatballs, The Big Brawl) and Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project, Jimmy Kimmel Live).

Mel on the set of Check Point with noted director Thomas J. Churchill and William Forsythe

For more info and to purchase tickets, please go to http://www.usamartialartshalloffame.com/california-2017 or call 714-922-1700

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Brain Mapping Foundation Conference and Gala

The Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (“SBMT”), Brain Mapping Foundation (“BMF”), and the National Center for NanoBioElectonics (“NCNBE”) held their 14th Annual World Brain Mapping and Therapeutics Conference at the swanky Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. SBMT was founded in 2004 to break boundaries in healthcare and to promote global interdisciplinary research to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of patients with central nervous system diseases and disorders. I was unable to attend, but was so impressed with the mission of this foundation that I was compelled to write a post and here it is.

“This year, there are 320 speakers and 12 keynote speakers who addressed state-of-the-art brain science and technology, and pioneering diagnostics therapeutics for Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, brain and spinal trauma, brain cancer, psychiatric disorders, the Autism spectrum, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”), as well as all other neurological disorders,” said Dr. Wes Ashford, Clinical Professor of Stanford University (affiliated), Director of The War Related Illness & Injury Study Center at the VA Palo Alto HCS and the 14th President of SBMT (2016-17). “This year, several sessions of the conference will focus on translation, integration and development of advanced diagnostics and therapeutics for soldiers, veterans and civilians with neurological disorders.”

Annually, the Society and the Brain Mapping Foundation recognizes pioneers in the field of brain mapping and therapeutics with distinguished awards. The Brain Mapping Foundation is holding its “Gathering for the Cure” black tie gala on Thursday, April 20th at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel to celebrate pioneering work of some of the world’s leading scientists, technologists, policymakers, and science advocates.

 

“We had a very competitive pool of applicants this year who are truly remarkable individuals as people and pioneers in their respective fields for which they were selected,” said Dr. Vicky Yamamoto, USC-Keck School of Medicine Cancer Scientist, Executive Director of SBMT, Member of the Board of Brain Mapping Foundation and Co-chair of the Award Committee. “We are truly delighted to recognize the contributions of these colleagues to the field of clinical neuroscience.”

 

The 2017 award recipients are as follows: Professors George Ojemann (Pioneer in epilepsy neurosurgery) and John Adler (inventor of Cyberknife) the recipients of the Pioneer in Medicine award; Congressman Jerry McNerney the recipient of Pioneer in Healthcare Policy Award, Professor Afsaneh Rabiei is recipient of the Pioneer in Technology Development; Travis Roy recipient of Beacon of Courage and Dedication; Golden Axon award for leadership is given to Drs. Wes Ashford (2016-17 President of SBMT), Michael Roy (2012-13 President of SBMT) and Drs. Nasser Kashou, Ajeet Kaushik, Alexander Stahn are the recipients of Young Investigator award.

Dr. Peter Diamandis, Chairman of XPrize, is the keynote speaker at the Brain Mapping Foundation “Gathering for Cure” gala who will be speaking about global innovation.

“SBMT and its science committee includes over 80 scientists that have built this program over the last 16 months”, said the 2018 President Elect of SBMT, Dr. Warren Boling, chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Loma Linda University (“LLU”). He added “LLU, City of Hope, and Cedars Sinai Medical Center co-sponsored this world class scientific program for its Continuing Medical education (“CME”) accreditation.”

This remarkable scientific program is supported by industry leaders including: Fiagon, Fulgent Diagnostics, Space Bio-Laboratories Co., Ltd, Siemens Healthcare, Medtronic, Codman, Stryker, KLS Martin, Ad-Tech, Zeiss, Anatom-e, Nordic Neuro Lab (“NNL”), Synaptive Medical, Integra , PMT Corporation, HarleQuin Recruiting, Med Valley Home Healthcare Inc, Jupiter 9 Production, CariCord,  Neurotrope BioScience, California Neurosurgical Institute, Nuvasive, the Law office of Nadia Davari, Planet Street Digital Marketing, Apex Photo Studios, Keri Ann Kimball of Kimball Entertainment, Joe Williamson of Williamson Management, SoVeryVida and Neuronavigation Dinamics.

The scientific program of 2017 SBMT annual meeting has 320 speakers and 12 keynote speakers including Congressman Jerry McNerney, Space Traveler and Engineer Anousheh Ansari, Drs. Gary Small (UCLA), Laligam Sekhar (UW), George Ojemann (UW), Mark Humayun (USC), Wes Ashford (Stanford/VA Palo Alto HCS), Warren Boling (LLU), Kyu Rhee (IBM Watson Health), Dean Yamaguchi (Department of Veterans Affair), and RADM Colin Chinn (Defense Health Agency).

“The Brain Mapping Foundation has been on the forefront of wounded warrior care for 14 years by bringing together world leading scientists” said Ret. Navy Commander Dr. Ken Green. “We have engaged NASA centers, NASA Human Health and Performance, National Labs, Departments of Energy, Commerce, State, Defense, Navy, Army, Air Force, and Defense Health Agency, in our G20 Global Brain Mapping Initiative (Neuroscience-20) aimed at rapidly introducing diagnostics and therapeutics in the field.”

Many Hollywood celebrities including:  Tim Kring, Jim Kwik, Matthew Rhodes, Charlie Corwin, James Hong, Kate Linder, Hank Garrett, Mel Novak, Aki Aleong, Navid Negahban, Ken Davitian, Eden Sassoon, Gary Graham, Jimmy Jean-Louis, James Kyson, Dru Mouser, Sophia Milos, Vida Ghaffari, Alison Arngrim, Jarrod Bunch, Max Amini, NFL player Alec Ogletree, Andrew Jang, Tony Denison, Rachel Sterling of Pussycat Dolls, Shanica Knowles, Sean Kanan, Apick Youssefian, Mary Apick, fashion designer Sue Wong, and entrepreneur and publisher Miguel R. Forbes were in attendance at the “Gathering for Cure” gala.

For more information about the “Gathering for Cure” gala registration and donation to the foundation please visit: www.BrainMappingFoundation.Org and for more information about the Society and convention registration for the 14th Annual World Brain Mapping Conference and Gala please visit: www.WorldBrainMapping.Org

All photos courtesy of Bob Delgadillo/PR Photos

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Award Winning Celebrity Fashion Designer Sai Suman’s ‘The Queen in Me’ Fashion Show is a Regal Success

On Tuesday, April 11th at 7pm, Award Winning Hollywood Celebrity Fashion Designer Sai Suman launched her much anticipated official Hollywood Fall/winter 2017 Runway collection titled “The Queen in Me”, which took place at the swanky Sofitel hotel at 8555 Beverly blvd in Los Angeles. It was a completely star-studded evening jam packed with celebrities and media. The event was presented by Sai Suman in conjunction with the World Networks which was founded by the vivacious entrepreneur Lousine Karibian and the media partners of the event who hosted the red carpet, noted actress/fashion blogger and HPC’s own Vida G. (The Mindy Project, Jimmy Kimmel Live, So Very Vida) and celebrated actor Ford Austin (Heels, Live by Night) of “Live with Ford and Vida”.

Celebrity fashion designer Sai Suman

 

The bustling red carpet, chock full of international celebrities and media, started at 7pm and was followed by the Fashion Runway show at 9:30pm having the elegant royal era theme, ‘The Queen in Me’ with a romantic Paris feel and runway music reminiscent of “La Vie En Rose”. Models walked in the perfect Royal exquisite and glamorous designs illustrating of the theme as it describes, swaying the audiences taking them back to the 1920 era with the modern touch of 2017 styling and detailing on a time travel back and forth between 1920’s to 2017 with the mesmerizing women and men’s fall/winter collection. The collection has a very unique fabric and appliqué detailing on women’s collection whereas Mens suit/tux has a very interesting and eclectic mix of fabric combination seen in velvets, cotton and even leather making it stand out from the basic regular tuxedo trend. This dazzling collection has gold, diamond and pearl delicate appliqué with few having a 3D flower laser cut detailing on the Royal style gowns.

Sai with her models at the grand finale of the show!

Overall it was a show that truly gave a feel of all the Queens all gathered in a royal gala charming the audience with their regal style and fashion in a story narrated by the designer herself with her limitless imagination and creativity.

Sai with noted actor Jimmy Jean-Louis. Both are dressed in Sai Suman Couture!

This designer is surely going to be one of the names to be remembered in history among the other legendary designers who are as gifted as her! Sai Suman is an epitome of style and fantasy and has surely achieved a niche at a very young age inspiring many young aspirants to achieve their dreams.

“I live fashion…I breathe fashion! Fashion is not just a necessity for me, but it’s also my passion. Impossible unique creations challenges me. Fashion for me is a platform to narrate story in my own way through my Runway collection! This season’s inspiration “The Queen in me” is dedicated to empowering women and highlighting their beauty within. The Queen in me is to let all women know and discover that there is a Queen/ princess in everyone. It’s all about embracing your beauty no matter what shape or size you are! You are beautiful because you are you,” said Sai.

The Hollywood Launch Runway fashion show was a concept created by Sai Suman and was executed by the World Networks to showcase Sai’s vision and creativity to all her celebrity and media colleagues for them to experience the journey of her fantasy and glamour under one roof, giving them the experience to be a part of a world-class Couture high fashion fall/winter 2017 launch collection.

ABOUT SAI SUMAN

Sai Suman has been designing for HOLLYWOOD’s A list stars at red carpet galas and premieres as well as other events and also has done personalized designing. Her collection and designs have been a hit and quite popular among the Hollywood actors and the whole entertainment industry in no time where Sai at such a young age has reached an international level of high appreciation and credibility. 

Sai has been showcasing in many international platforms as well presenting her collections at premieres and highly acclaimed top fashion events such as New York Couture Fashion Week, Dubai Fashion Week, and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia and Mercedes Benz fashion week in Europe, to name a few and Sai has carved a niche for herself at the very beginning of her journey.

Recently Sai was honored by the Entrepreneur Award of the year 2017 in Fashion Designing at the World Networks in Los Angeles as the ambassador of Dubai for the Network. 

Sai has also been awarded as “Fashion Designer for 2013-14” at the Dubai Fashion Awards. This wunderkind has also won “Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Excellence in Designing” award at the Global Achievers Awards held in Bangkok in May 2013 for her astounding creative sensibilities.

‘SAI SUMAN’, has been transforming her imagination, fantasy into a wearable piece of art. Her work represents a unique and intriguing combination of fashion and technology. Sai’s collections are compromised of impeccably cut outfits and sophisticated haute couture and red carpet gowns that are ornate and intricately detailed while her designs speak volumes about her passion and her work.

Sai Suman is a designer who creates a blend of western fashion elements with a traditional touch of handwork, creating a new fashion statement. She likes experimenting to create uniqueness in her style and to bring out timeless yet trendsetting collections. Sai Suman loves to create a unique blend of western with a traditional touch to it. She has always been inspired by the futuristic vision in fashion hence has presented several art pieces integrated with light technology in many esteemed international fashion week show. Sai Suman has been a pioneer in experimenting the use of unique fabrics designing the costumes for Bollywood actresses. Sai has also designed looks for international television stars, contributed her designs to several Bollywood music videos, magazine cover shoots, reality shows and is now styling for Hollywood as well.

Sai is the youngest designer to create and combine fashion with technology and creativity, presenting Haute Couture with Hi-Tech designs in various international platforms as the youngest Indian designer alongside with the top senior renowned international designers from different countries respectively.

The inspiration for this young and talented Hollywood celebrity fashion designer, ‘Sai Suman,’ has been the surrealistic fantasy world that tickles her imagination and transforms that fantasy into a wearable pieces of art.

More info at  www.saisuman.ws

Photos courtesy of Bob Delgadillo

Dustin Brown

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Award Winning Celebrity Fashion Designer Sai Suman’s Official Hollywood Fashion Show in Conjunction with the World Networks

On Tuesday, April 11th at 7pm, Award Winning Hollywood Celebrity Fashion Designer Sai Suman will launch her much anticipated official Hollywood Fall/winter 2017 Runway collection called the ‘The Queen in Me’ fashion show. This much buzzed about event will take place at the swanky Sofitel hotel at 8555 Beverly blvd in Los Angeles. It will be a completely star-studded evening jam packed with celebrities and media. The event will be presented by Sai Suman in conjunction with the World Networks which was founded by the vivacious entrepreneur Lousine Karibian and the media partners of the event who will host the red carpet, noted glamour actress/fashion blogger Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project, Jimmy Kimmel Live, So Very Vida) and celebrated actor Ford Austin (Heels, Live by Night) of “Live with Ford and Vida”.

Sai in one of her beautiful designs at the Beverly Hills Haute Couture Pre-Oscars Gala at Prince’s Former Private Estate/mansion at Beverly Hills

The Red Carpet starts at 7pm which will be followed by the Fashion Runway show at 9:30pm having the elegant royal era theme, ‘The Queen in Me’ with a romantic Paris feel and runway music reminiscent of “La Vie En Rose”. Models will walk in the perfect Royal exquisite and glamorous designs illustrating of the theme as it describes, swaying the audiences harkening them back to the 1920 era with the modern touch of 2017 styling and detailing on a time travel back and forth between 1920’s to 2017 with the mesmerizing women and men’s fall/winter collection. The collection has a very unique fabric and appliqué detailing on women’s collection whereas Mens suit/tux has a very interesting and eclectic mix of fabric combination seen in velvets, cotton and even leather standing it out from the basic regular tuxedo trend. This dazzling collection has gold, diamond and pearl delicate appliqué with few having a 3D flower laser cut detailing on the Royal style gowns.

Celebrity designer Sai Suman at the Elton John Oscar party. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight

Overall it is a show that truly gives a feel of all the Queens all gathered in a royal gala charming the audience with their regal style and fashion in a story narrated by the designer herself with her limitless imagination and creativity. The models look is created by Beyond Beauty and models are from TMJ Agency founded by Terita Jackson.

Actress Kat Kramer with Sai at the Elton John Oscar Party. Both ladies are wearing Sai’s designs. Photo courtesy of Billy Bennight

This designer is surely going to be one of the names to be remembered in history among the other legendary designers who are as gifted as her! Sai Suman is an epitome of style and fantasy and has surely achieved a niche at a very young age inspiring many young aspirants to achieve their dreams.

Expected celebrities and VIPs in attendance are Celebrity Fashion Designer Sai Suman, actors Jimmy Jean Louis (Joy, Heroes), Alice Amter (The Big BangTheory), Elvis Nolasco (The American Crime), Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project, JimmyKimmel Live), Ford Austin (Heels, Live By Night) and his wife, Emmy award-winning producer Lauree Dash, Ken Davitian (Ray Donovan, Borat), Isaac C. Singleton Jr. (Deadpool, Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Man’s Chest), Diane Franklin (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Better Off Dead…), Suze Lanier Bramlett (The Hills Have Eyes), KD Aubert (Too Close To Home), Gabriel Jarret (Real Genius), Moniqua Plante (Nashville), Christina Elizabeth Smith (Pyschopaths), Massi Furlan (Live by Night,Keeping Up With The Joneses), Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop, Sky), Said Faraj (War Dogs, Green Zone), Kat Kramer (Child of the 70’s), Hoyt Richards (Supermodel/Actor), noted Iranian-American actress Mary Apick (Homeland, Last Call at Murray’s), Anjul Nigam (Grey’s Anatomy, True Detective), Burgandi Phoenix (The Conan show), Carlos Ramirez (Hidden Valley The Awakening), Mark Neely (Kroll Show, Rizzoli & Isles), Zhubin Rahbar (The Disaster Artist), Frank Krueger (Live By Night, CSI: Cyber), and Kassi Crews (Po, Broken Memories). In accordance with the theme of this event, other esteemed guests in attendance are Hollywood Royalty such as John Blyth Barrymore of the Barrymore clan and even European Royalty in attendance such as HRH Princess Francesca Gioia Drommi and HSH Prince Kniase Melikoff, Kingdoms of Armenia, Georgia and Imperial Russia as well as noted fine artist and founder of Cryptorealism HRH Davood Roostaei (Persian Qajar Dynasty).

The Hollywood Launch Runway fashion show is a concept created by Sai Suman and will be executed by the World Networks to showcase Sai’s vision and creativity to all her celebrity and media colleagues for them to experience the journey of her fantasy and glamour under one roof, giving them the experience to be a part of a world-class Couture high fashion fall/winter 2017 launch collection.

ABOUT SAI SUMAN

Sai Suman Has been designing for HOLLYWOOD’s A list stars at red carpet galas and premieres as well as other events and also has done personalized designing. Her collection and designs have been a hit and quite popular among the Hollywood actors and the whole entertainment industry in no time where Sai at such a young age has reached an international level of high appreciation and credibility. 

Sai has been showcasing in many international platforms as well presenting her collections at premieres and highly acclaimed top fashion events such as New York Couture Fashion Week, Dubai Fashion Week, and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia and Mercedes Benz fashion week in Europe, to name a few and Sai has carved a niche for herself at the very beginning of her journey.

Recently Sai was honored by the Entrepreneur Award of the year 2017 in Fashion Designing at the World Networks in Los Angeles as the ambassador of Dubai for the Network. 

Sai has also been awarded as “Fashion Designer for 2013-14” at the Dubai Fashion Awards. This wunderkind has also won “Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Excellence in Designing” award at the Global Achievers Awards held in Bangkok in May 2013 for her astounding creative sensibilities.

‘SAI SUMAN’, has been transforming her imagination, fantasy into a wearable piece of art. Her work represents a unique and intriguing combination of fashion and technology. Sai’s collections are compromised of impeccably cut outfits and sophisticated haute couture and red carpet gowns that are ornate and intricately detailed while her designs speak volumes about her passion and her work.

Sai Suman is a designer who creates a blend of western fashion elements with a traditional touch of handwork, creating a new fashion statement. She likes experimenting to create uniqueness in her style and to bring out timeless yet trendsetting collections. Sai Suman loves to create a unique blend of western with a traditional touch to it. She has always been inspired by the futuristic vision in fashion hence has presented several art pieces integrated with light technology in many esteemed international fashion week show. Sai Suman has been a pioneer in experimenting the use of unique fabrics designing the costumes for Bollywood actresses. Sai has also designed looks for international television stars, contributed her designs to several Bollywood music videos, magazine cover shoots, reality shows and is now styling for Hollywood as well.

Sai is the youngest designer to create and combine fashion with technology and creativity, presenting Haute Couture with Hi-Tech designs in various international platforms as the youngest Indian designer alongside with the top senior renowned international designers from different countries respectively.

The inspiration for this young and talented Hollywood celebrity fashion designer, ‘Sai Suman,’ has been the surrealistic fantasy world that tickles her imagination and transforms that fantasy into a wearable pieces of art.

More info at  www.saisuman.ws and

https://www.instagram.com/saisumancouture/

Dustin Brown

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Unity at The Universe Multicultural Film Festival

It truly was a small world after all this past weekend, as the Universe Multicultural Film Festival united the diverse worlds of film, fashion and finance. The festival held their lavish red Carpet Awards Ceremony at the RHCC Community Center in Rolling Hills Estates.

Awardee Laurene Landon dazzles in a beautiful green gown

Celebrities in attendance from the event were Lynn Tang, Festival Founder and President, Awardees Aki Aleong (Babylon 5, Walker, Texas Ranger), Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Chuck Norris’ An Eye For An Eye), Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop, Sky, the #1 trending movie on Netflix opposite Norman Reedus) and presenter actor/filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill (Check Point, Lazarus: Day of the Dead). Aleong received the Lifetime Achievement Award, Landon received the Trailblazer Award, and Novak received the Living Legend Award.

Awardees Aki Aleong and Mel Novak

The Universe Multicultural Film Festival seeks to bring to the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from the world and is committed to enlightening the public with a unique international film program, a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities. The Festival focuses on showcasing diverse cultural and heritages films, supports the creation and advancement of innovative and artistic cinematic works of both emerging and seasoned filmmakers and proudly embraces the passion, independent spirit and vision of these talented artists. With the integration of the local community and educational institutions into all aspects of the Festival, this Festival stimulates an interest in the study and appreciation of film and encourages people of all ages and background to participate and share the harmony of the universe. In addition to the awards ceremony, this three day festival will have screenings, panels and a fashion show.

Presenter Thomas J. Churchill with awardees Laurene Landon and Mel Novak on the red carpet

This prominent festival was founded by Lynn Tang. Ms. Tang is a film and Broadway musical producer. She is the executive director of Universe Multicultural Film Festival; director of San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival; Founder of Epic ACG Fest; Chairwoman of Maeya Art Festival.

Laurene gives a wonderful and witty acceptance speech with fabulous presenter Thomas J. Churchill

As a film producer, her feature movie “Hiding Sword ” (in China and Hollywood) won the best actor & actress awards at the Los Angeles Nollywood Film Festival. Recently, she served as the executive producer of the Hollywood film “Senior Entourage” starring Hollywood Icons Ed Asner, Mark Rydell, Dick Van Dyke, Helen Reddy; Marion Ross and Charlie Robinson.

Awardees Aki Aleong and Mel Novak

As a Broadway musical producer, her production “Chen Ying Rescuers the Orphan “made to Dolby Theater (Oscar award Home theater) in October 2016. It become the first Broadway Musical to debut at in Dolby theater in history.

Mel’s motivational acceptance speech with Thomas J. Churchill and festival official

For the past 5 years in a row, she has been appointed as the film jury and international commissioner of Seoul Guro International Kids Film Festival ( Korea) and for two years in a row as the Asian Film Block director of the Broadway International Film Festival -Ensenada ( Mexico).

Awardees Mel Novak and Laurene Landon
Awardee Mel Novak and festival founder Lynn Tang
Awardee Laurene Landon and presenter Thomas J. Churchill

Before the entertainment industry, she was a Project Manager specializing in international business exchanges and has served as a management specialist for Fortune 500 companies. She is the Shanghai (China) Zhabei District Investment Advisor and currently serves as the vice chairwoman of the Maeya Culture Exchange Group. Given Ms. Tang’s background, This international festival will unite the worlds of film, fashion and finance. Bravo to Lynn and her team for putting this incredible festival together.

For more info, please go to http://umfilms.org/

All photos are courtesy of Sheri Determan/PR Photos

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Syndicate Smasher Has a Smashing World Premiere

Legendary martial arts/action stars came out in droves to support the sold out world premiere of Syndicate Smasher at the Downtown Independent Theater on March 11th! In addition to the cast, celebrities in attendance were Hank Garrett (3 Days of the Condor, G.I. Joe, The Animated Series), Don “The Dragon” Wilson (Blood Fist, The Martial Arts Kid), Robin Shou (Mortal Kombat), Aki Aleong (Missing in Action: Part 3, The Quest) and many others.

“It is definitely a ‘multiple Mob; ie. Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Russian etc. vs Special Forces movie and, if you like lots of action, check it out!,” said Don “The Dragon” Wilson, three time WKA World Kickboxing Champion and holder of 10 world kickboxing titles in 3 different weight classes.

“Syndicate Smasher is one of the best action films I’ve seen in years with a great story and well developed characters the audience can truly care about,” said iconic actor Hank Garrett, Martial Arts, Weightlifting and Wrestling Hall of Famer.

Noted Indonesian filmmaker and producer Benny Tjandra of New GenerAsian Films collaborated on this much anticipated crime thriller that is loosely based on a true story with co-director and writer Doug Tochioka.

Tochioka’s script joins legendary cult star and Martial Arts Hall of Famer Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game Of Death, Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance) with action heroine extraordinaire Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop opposite Bruce Campbell and Sky opposite Norman Reedus), actors Joe Estevez (Dexter) and Arthur Roberts (Not of This Earth, Revenge of the Ninja), David Prak (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End) as well as multi award-winning actor/filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill (Check Point, The Rack Pack) and more for a story centered on a group of mercenaries, initially hired as contract killers, who find themselves targets of four powerful crime organizations and families. Guns go ablaze in this action packed tour-de-force, which presents an otherwise appealing little jewel for action movie aficionados.

“This film has the most guns, the most shots, and the most gangsters all in one movie fighting and shooting each other ever,” said Tjandra.

Celebrated gangster fight exploitative martial arts figure Mel Novak is the ultimate bad guy and  mortal enemy of every gangster mob outfit in the world———-” I kill em all, says Novak chuckling——that is The Chinese Triad, The Mafia, the Italians, The Russians, The Japanese all in one film!!”

Mel Novak , whose career has spanned over 30 years, has been in hundreds of films. ” I have killed and been killed by the likes of legendary martial artist and screen legend; Bruce Lee in his epic, “Game of Death” and Chuck Norris in “An Eye for An Eye” and the late, great  Jim Kelley in cult classic “Black Belt Jones.”

Tall, leggy and extremely well-built statuesque blonde, Landon has enlivened a bunch of hugely enjoyable movies with her spunky energy, physical dexterity, bubbly, upbeat personality and considerable sex appeal. She often portrays tough, two-fisted, no-nonsense action heroines with a winning blend of fiery aplomb and cheerful good humor and definitely plays that role to the hilt in this film as the feisty Detective Carol Driscoll.

Churchill gives a great performance in a great character role as the fast talking Andy and Estevez is great as Detective James Beattie. Roberts is wonderful as hard nosed Chief Timothy Darcy. Rounding out the cast is David Prak (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End) as Dara.

Although this film stars many of the same stars as Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance, such as Novak, Landon, Churchill and others, this is a completely different kind of film.

Based loosely on a true story, and buttressed by unbelievable special effects, if you come up against Novak, Landon, Churchill and Estevez, it is a death wish as you will get smashed–SYNDICATE SMASHED! Don’t miss it! This film is a great choice for action junkies to get their shoot ’em up binge fix.

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

Dustin Brown

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2017 Writers Guild Awards WINNERS ANNOUNCED

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.

FILM WINNERS

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Moonlight, Screenplay by Barry Jenkins, Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney; A24

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Arrival, Screenplay by Eric Heisserer; Based on the Story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang; Paramount Pictures

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

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

DRAMA SERIES

The Americans, Written by Peter Ackerman, Tanya Barfield, Joshua Brand, Joel Fields, Stephen Schiff, Joe Weisberg, Tracey Scott Wilson; FX

William H. Macy – Shameless

COMEDY SERIES
Atlanta, Written by Donald Glover, Stephen Glover, Jamal Olori, Stefani Robinson, Paul Simms; FX

NEW SERIES
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

Writers of The People VS O.J Simpson : American Crime Story

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

ANIMATION
“Stop the Presses” (BoJack Horseman), Written by Joe Lawson; Netflix
EPISODIC DRAMA

“The Trip” (This Is Us), Written by Vera Herbert; NBC

EPISODIC COMEDY

“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

Fred Armisen – Saturday Night Live

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

DAYTIME DRAMA

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

CHILDREN’S EPISODIC

“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

RADIO WINNERS

RADIO DOCUMENTARY

“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
PROMOTIONAL WINNERS

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

VIDEOGAME WINNER

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.

For more information about the 2017 Writers Guild Awards, please visit www.wga.org<http://www.wga.org> or www.wgaeast.org

Links to the interviews:

https://youtu.be/2kdQe0Ukvd8

 

 

Dustin Brown

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The Warren Huart Birthday Party at Sunset Sound in Hollywood

Los Angeles, CA (January 28, 2017) The Hollywood Press Corps was in the heart of the Hollywood music scene on Saturday night for Warren Huart’s birthday party at Sunset Sound. Warren was surrounded by friends and family for this special night. The event was sponsored by BAE Audio, Genelec, Lewitt, Vintage King, McDSP, and Trinnov with drinks provided by Jack Daniels.

Warren Huart cutting his rock and roll inspired birthday cake. Photo courtesy Alex Kluft

Warren is a producer, engineer and youtube celebrity. Many noted musicians came out to Sunset Sound for this special evening. Sunset Sound was created by Tutti Camarotta. Tutti convinced Walt Disney that he need a studio to do orchestral arrangements. Disney reluctantly allowed Tutti to open a studio in an old auto maintenance garage. Tutti arranged all of the classic Disney soundtracks at the early Sunset Sound. Still family owned, Paul Camarotta was on hand with his wife at the event.
Alex Kluft was running the red carpet at the front door of Sunset Sound.

Tanya O’Callaghan, Scott Shriner, Warren Huart, Tony Franklin, Jerry Jemmott, Brandino and Paul ILL

Just being in the building gives me chills. Walking from studio to studio, it’s amazing to be in the same room where Led Zeppelin recorded “Stairway to Heaven.” Studio One is the room where the Doors recorded “Light My Fire” and the Rolling Stones recorded “Sympathy for the Devil.”

Matt Starr from the Ace Frehley band looking like Ming the Merciless on the red carpet

Warren Huart was such a generous host and so gracious with all his guests. I saw him rubbing elbows with Jerry Jemmott, Brandino, and Tony Franklin. Everybody wanted a moment of Warren’s time. There were really so many people that Warren has touched. Young Kaedyn Kashmir, who is 16 years old, came to say happy birthday to Warren and watch him blow out his candles. Jerry Jemmott, Brandino, Tony Franklin, Paul Ill, Tanya O’Callaghan, Erik Eldenius, Pete Thorn, Cameron Webb, Ross Hogarth and Matt Starr all came to the party and had a great time.
The first luminary to arrive was Jerry Jemmott. Jerry is known as “the Groovemaster”. He is one the most famous bass players form the 1960s and 1970s. Jerry played with the top soul, blues and jazz artists form that time. He was Jaco Pastoriuos’ favorite bass player. He played the bass line on BB King’s “The Thrill Is Gone.”

Gene Barry White (L) With Jerry Jemmott (R) on the red carpet. Photo courtesy the Hollywood Press Corps

The Groovemaster is also known for having played the bass line on the original recording of Mr Bojangles with Bob Dylan. The list of players is enormous. Jerry played with Ray Charles, Freddie King, Aretha Franklin and King Curtis. Jerry is also a very positive and happy guy. He had a minute to talk to me and describe what it was like growing up back east. “I did a tap dance routine at Carnegie Hall when I was five years old,” Jerry said. “I started working as a professional musician at 12 years old.” Jerry is such a delight to be around and a positive presence. He’s working on a jazz project and writing new songs.
There were so many legends of recording world at Warren Huart’s birthday mixer. Not only musician’s like Jerry Jemmott and Tony Franklin from The Firm and Kenny Wayne Shepard, but legendary producers like Cameron Webb, who produced the last six Motörhead albums with Lemmy.

Motörhead producer, Cameron Webb (L) with Warren Huart (R) on the Jack Daniel’s red carpet. Photo courtesy the Hollywood Press Corps

I got a chance to speak with Craig Hubler who is the general manager at Sunset Sound. I asked him what one of his fondest memories of working at Sunset Sound for over thirty years and he said, “Playing ping-pong with Prince and Sheila E.”

Warren Huart on the Jack Daniel’s red carpet for his birthday at Sunset Sound Recorders. Photo courtesy Alex Kluft

Tony Franklin was hanging out with everybody and taking phone calls and being a generally grateful, fun guy to be around. Tony is known for playing bass with Jimmy Page, playing with Whitesake, and most recently, performs with Kenny Wayne Shepard.

Mayan Hershey (L) with Steffenee Copley (R) on the red carpet

When I finally got into Studio One, I met Steffenee Copley from Genelec who had a CD playing of the songs that were recorded in Studio One. The Doors recorded “Light My Fire” in August of 1966 at Sunset Sound. The Rolling Stones, Van Halen and Prince also created many famous recordings here. She gave me a technical overview of the monitors in Studio One. She showed me the difference between the famous Augsburger active monitors and the next generation active monitors that use the computer to balance their sound depending on the size of the room. Steffenee is such a pro. She also knows the history of each studio at Sunset Sound. She pointed out that Prince had recorded the original recording of “1999” in Studio Two.

Kaedyn Kashmir at the controls of Studio One where the Rolling Stones recorded “Sympathy for the Devil.” Photo by Dustin Brown

Legendary producer and jazz bass player, Brandino, was at the Warren Huart birthday party. Brandino is known for being a top jazz stand up bass player. He’s played with Aretha Franklin and many others. Brandino and I chatted about Robbie Krieger who was in the Doors and recorded with Jim Morrison and the Doors in Studio One where we were sitting. I happened to catch Robbie perform one of the songs that Brandino played bass on back in 2011. The song is called “Event Horizon”. Brandino is currently working with Alicia Keys and Ty Dolla $ign. He also has a project in the works called Bass Conspiracy. I can’t wait to hear it.

Jazz bass great, Brandino (L) with rock bass legend, Tony Franklin (R)

Famous Motörhead producer, Cameron Webb was at the birthday celebration as well. Cameron spoke to me about the time he spent with Lemmy recording the last six Motörhead albums. He said that Lemmy had told him about living in London in the late 1970s during the beginnings of punk rock. Lemmy told Cameron that he had lived with Syd Vicious, bass player for the Sex Pistols, in a mansion they were squatting . Lemmy insisted that he taught Syd how to play bass. Cameron also said that Lemmy was a true poet who lived life with an incredible intensity.

A group shot at the end of aware em Huart’s party in Hollywood

Cameron said that while they were recording, Lemmy would earnestly write lyrics that were poetic and brilliant. Cameron said that so many songwriters don’t take song writing seriously and it shows in the final product. I asked Cameron if he listened to Motörhead on iTunes. “You bet,” he said. “It’s like having a diary of the time I spent with Lemmy. I hear one song and think about the day we recorded it and what we were trying for.” Cameron continues to produce and engineer in his studio and looks for bands that he’s passionate about recording.

Warren received a great rendition of “Happy Birthday to You” from the finest musicians in the world. His cake featured Freddie Mercury, David Bowie and many of his heroes. Warren is such a warm and generous host. Check out his YouTube show called “Produce Like A Pro.” It features tips on how for the beginning recordist can make quality recordings on a budget.
The Hollywood Press Corps looks forward to the next party and social mixer at Sunset Sound.


Dustin Brown

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Grand Opening of Art Lewin Bespoke in Downtown Santa Monica

Santa Monica — On Thursday, November 10, 2016, The Hollywood Press Corps had the pleasure of attending the Art Lewin Bespoke Grand Opening of its newest location in Santa Monica — Store #6 for entrepreneur Art Lewin.  This highly anticipated,  invitation-only event, sponsored, in part, by BuyWine.com, offered guests the best of the best including gourmet cuisine, scrumptious desserts, Napa Valley wines from Sparrow Hawk and Highway 12 vineyards, Hint Water, Rekorderlig Cider from Sweden, contemporary tunes and the most superb in custom clothing.

Inside of the newly opened Bespoke showroom. Photo by SmugMug
Inside of the newly opened Bespoke showroom. Photo by SmugMug

Over 100 of Southern California’s finest turned out to celebrate the exclusive opening of Art Lewin Bespoke, Santa Monica including members of the legal community, business professionals and celebrities.  All guests were gifted with a Mario Masotti Hand-made Silk Neck-Tie. The ties are beautifully crafted and designed with stunning fabrics and patterns.

In attendance was 2016 Primetime Emmy winner, Patrika Darbo, known for her short film “Acting Dead”. Photo courtesy SmugMug
In attendance was 2016 Primetime Emmy winner, Patrika Darbo, known for her short film “Acting Dead”. Photo courtesy SmugMug

So what makes Art Lewin Bespoke so special?  “One of our many unique features with our full canvas grade clothing is the canvas itself.  Our canvas is hand padded and not machine stitched as is common with many  other tailors. We also offer an extensive library of world class quality fabrics from internationally renowned mills in England, Italy, France, Switzerland, and Germany,” says Daniel Simons, Partner, Art Lewin Bespoke, Santa Monica.

Bespoke founder, Art Lewin, with partner Danny Simons at the Art Lewin Bespoke launch in Santa Monica. Photo by SmuMug
Bespoke founder, Art Lewin, with partner Danny Simons at the Art Lewin Bespoke launch in Santa Monica. Photo by SmuMug

A favorite with Hollywood celebrities, including, Jon Voight, Ernie Hudson, Jason Ritter, William Shatner, Lou Ferrigno, Esai Morales and Robert Wagner, to name a few, Art Lewin Bespoke is also preferred by a cadre of stylists.  And, what about Art Lewin Bespoke for Women?  “Art Lewin Bespoke is not just about clothes that make men look great,” adds Simons, “we also apply our expert talents to a woman’s wardrobe with the same quality, workmanship & knowledge enjoyed by our male clientele, just ask the beautiful actress Sofia Milos!”

International model and actress, Eugenia Kuzmina, with her VIP swag bag that included a silk tie. Photo courtesy SmugMug
International model and actress, Eugenia Kuzmina, with her VIP swag bag that included a silk tie. Photo courtesy SmugMug

For more information, please visit http://www.artlewinbespoke.com/

or telephone Art Lewin Bespoke at 310 734-4990

Judy Hansen Pullos

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Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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Sur Le Mur’s Premiere Opening of Per Bernal’s Fine Art Photography Studio

Internationally renowned health and fitness photographer Per Bernal’s well attended gallery opening in West Los Angeles was the talk of the town and THE art event of the season bringing some much needed and well deserved attention to the thriving LA art scene.

“Per Bernal is a world class photographer praised for his talents in capturing the strength and excellence of the human body, thus has garnered the nickname; “The Annie Leibovitz of the Fitness World.” This exhibition, aptly titled “Oh Shoot,” was an eclectic evening featuring photography, graffiti, street, and fine art. There were new works featured by Per Bernal and RISK. There was an unveiling of a portrait of action hero Dolph Lundgren, which was an incredible collaboration by Per and Risk. Guests viewed some politically correct art, right in time for the election, including the “Trump Wall,” featured on CNN and BBC, by Plastic Jesus and famous portraits by the late Pop Artist, Steve Kaufman. Additionally, it was truly an honor to be partnering with Artists for Trauma,” said Megan Phillips, the Founder of Sur le Mur. Phillips represents Bernal and other acclaimed artists in addition to offering art advisory and acquisitions, curating, and custom work.


“I have been a photographer for over 30 years and have shot close to 1000 fitness covers, which have been published worldwide. The opening of my US studio this past weekend was a dream come true, for me, and I now feel the freedom to explore my fine art photography, including celebrity portraiture. I find it very inspiring to work with other artists and I want my studio to be an artists’ colony, where creative minds and creative ideas can meet and merge together. Working with Megan Phillips, of Sur Le Mur, has given me tremendous momentum and she has encouraged me to expand my art and to take it to an entirely new level,” said Per Bernal.

Bernal also shot Artist For Trauma (AFT) Ambassadors Aaron Baker, Tamara Mena, and Steve Bogna for this opening exhibition. “I was impressed, overjoyed and proud for the AFT Ambassadors Adaptive Health & Fitness Models, Aaron, Tamara and Steve.  Equally I was grateful to these brave and courageous individuals for trusting AFT and Per Bernal to present and represent them with respect and elegance. Each model exemplifies ‘The Power of the Human Spirit’, an intangible essence that is the key to the quality of life success for all of us.  Per captured  ‘this’ and ‘it’ communicated visually through the photos, their joyful spirit transcending beyond their physical challenges. We are grateful for the extraordinary opportunity to partner with Per Bernal and Megan Phillips of Sur le Mur. This strategic partnership is a perfect example of the signature, empowering adaptive arts & entertainment opportunities Artists for Trauma is proud to provide,” said Laura Sharpe, CEO and Founder of Artists For Trauma.

Attendees viewed photography and artworks by Per Bernal and his renowned peers who are a true Who’s Who’s of the art world such as Kelly Risk Graval, Alexandra Grant, Lincoln Townley, Billy Morrison, Plastic Jesus, HRH Prince Lorenzo de Medici, Steve Kaufman, Geoff Melville, Glenn David, Unfukyourself and Black Brain.

Numerous celebrities, fitness gurus, actors, martial artists, renowned artists and VIPs are expected at this event such as Per Bernal, Megan Phillips, Founder of Sur le Mur, Laura Sharpe, Founder and CEO of Artists For Trauma, actors and martial artists Bianca Van Damme and Hank Garrett (3 Days of the Condor, Car 54, Where are you, GI Joe the Animated Series and Martial Arts and Wrestling Hall of Fame), and actors Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance), Robert Wall (Walker Texas Ranger, Bruce Lee’s Game of Death), Dawna Lee Heising (Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance, Blade Runner), Vida Ghaffari (Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Mindy Project), Diane Franklin (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Better Off Dead), Rico E. Anderson (The Fosters, Grey’s Anatomy),  Jon Mack (Saw VI, Blunt Force Trauma), Anna Easteden (Two and A Half Men, Junkie), Katherine Kampko (Graceland, Trust No One), actor/filmmaker/on-air host Tyrone Tann (Lavanderia, Blooob, Stauros Entertainment), Ed Connors, former owner of the Golds Gym Franchise, Gudrun Giddings, Producer and President Swedish American Chamber of Commerce Los Angeles, Samir Bannout, 1 time Mr. Olympia, Danny Hester, 1 time Classic Physique Mr. Olympia, Eric The Trainer, Hollywood Celebrity, noted artists Kelly Risk Graval, Alexandra Grant, Plastic Jesus, Geoff Melville and HRH Prince Davood Roostaei (Persian Qajar dynasty), renowned artist and founder of Cryptorealism, Dr. Sarah Brindle Ph.D of Inclusivity Clinical Consulting Services (ICCS), Dr. Mary Nasmyth, Co-Chief Medical Officer, CRI and Clinical Chief for Physical Medicine and Rehab at Cedars Sinai Hospital, Entertainment Attorney Nadia Davari and countless other VIPs.

This event is sponsored by Sur le Mur, Per Bernal, Artists For Trauma and Coco Taps by Vincent Zaldivar aka “CocoVinny.” Renowned artist Kelly Risk Graval summed up the evening perfectly by saying it was “good times.” Good times indeed!

More info about Per Bernal: http://www.krop.com/perbernal/#/

More info about Sur le Mur: http://www.surlemur.com/

More info about AFT: http://www.artistsfortrauma.org/

More info about Coco Taps: https://www.cocotaps.com/

Dustin Brown

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