Category Archives: Red Carpet

Glitter and Glam at the Taglyan Complex for A Brighter Future For Children Charity Gala

 

The Hollywood Press Corps was delighted to be invited to attend the third annual A Brighter Future for Children Charity Gala at the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles, on March 3, 2016. The spectacular event was hosted by The Dream Builders Projects, along with Angeleno Magazine, Prime Five Homes, and Suja. A Brighter Future for Children Charity Gala is raising funds and awareness for the Audrey Hepburn CARES Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Ariel Winter and Laurent Claude Gaudette (C) and freinds
Ariel Winter and Laurent Claude Gaudette (C) and freinds

The event was a huge, sold-out success and was bustling with stars from television, music and movies. Some of the celebrities that Hollywood Press Corps caught up with on the red carpet included Donny Most (Ralph Mouth) of Happy Days.

HPC Editor Dustin Brown with Don Most (Ralph Mouth) Happy Days
HPC Editor Dustin Brown with Don Most (Ralph Mouth) Happy Days

Guests enjoyed delicious cocktails courtesy of Hendricks Gin, Tito’s Vodka, and Tequila by Casa Mexico.  Local artists were on site creating live paintings and attendees were treated to a very rare performance by Grammy award winning composer and pianist, Omar Akram.

The artist was painting on repurposed wood at the event
The artist was painting on repurposed wood at the event

Guests were also invited to try their luck at poker tables. 100% of the proceeds from the gala was donated to the Audrey Hepburn CARES Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The funds donated will help provide comprehensive medical evaluations, treatment, and psychiatric rehabilitation to children who have been affected by physical, sexual, and psychological abuse and neglect.

Claudia Graf attends The Dream Builders Project 3rd Annual 'A Brighter Future For Children' Charity Gala at Taglyan Cultural Complex o
Claudia Graf attends The Dream Builders Project 3rd Annual ‘A Brighter Future For Children’ Charity Gala at Taglyan Cultural Complex
Kelli Berglund sparkled on the red carpet
Kelli Berglund sparkled on the red carpet
Britt Flatmo
Britt Flatmo
Charles Agron
Charles Agron
Jayde Nicole
Jayde Nicole

Some of the celebrities that attended the gala included Julie McNiven (Mad Men), Shaun Ross (Vogue), Genevieve Morton (Sports Illustrated), Jared Harris (The Man From U.N.C.L.E), Alex Meneses (Telenovela) ,Kelli Burglund (Lab Rats), and Ariel Winter (Modern Family), Omar Akram (2016 Grammy Winner), Ken Davitian (Borat), Britt Flatmo (Singer/Songwriter & Super8), Jimmy Jean-Louis (Joy), Brian Krause (Charmed), Don Most (Happy Days), Adrian Paul (Highlander), Kelly Perine (oneonone), Jeffery and Matthew Postlethwaite (Peaky Blinders), Chistopher Sean (Hawaii Five-0), Christopher Reich (Reba), Larry Namer (Founder of E! Entertainment, Jayde Nicole (Kendra on Top), Paulo Benedeti (The Bold & The Beautiful), Tony Denison (Major Crimes).

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

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

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The Night of 100 Stars – 26th Annual Awards Night Gala – The Beverly Hilton

Blanca Blanco at the Night of 100 Stars. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency
Blanca Blanco at the Night of 100 Stars. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency

 

Actress and model Blanca Blanco arrived at the Night of 100 Stars and turned everyone’s head in a stunning and unique gown by Haute Couture designer Quynh Paris. The shimmering, romantic violet gown accentuated the beauty’s curves and offered a peek-a-boo view of her legs. The movement of the dress was captivating and the material combination of tulle and organza gave volume to the dress, making it appear as though the gown was floating around her.

Actress and model Blanca Blanco in a Quynh Paris design. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency
Actress and model Blanca Blanco in a Quynh Paris design. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency

The complexity of the gown was perfectly offset with simple teardrop diamond earrings and an elegant, side-swiped hairstyle. Blanco made a strong yet delicate statement on the red carpet on Sunday night and fans were blown away with her style and elegance.
Quynh Paris’s handmade gown was inspired by the starlight and she spent two months creating the perfect blend of couture and avant guard fashion.

Photographer and publisher Winston Burris with actress Blanca Blanco
Photographer and publisher Winston Burris with actress Blanca Blanco

Fabby Lifestyle was wowed by the decadent couture and the fabulously bold statement the star and the designer created together on the red carpet. We will be seeing much more from both of these extremely talented ladies in the future.

Actor John Savage at the Night of 100 Stars. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency
Actor John Savage at the Night of 100 Stars. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency
Swiss-born Italian/Greek actress Sofia Milos. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency
Swiss-born Italian/Greek actress Sofia Milos. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

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

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The Madison & Mulholland Gift Bag for the Oscars 2016

The Oscars 2016, product placement company, Madison & Mulholland featured a super-sized 20’’gift bag filled with all items for travel, beauty, fashion, and the home. Here’s a look at over 25 of the brands featured!

 The Madison & Mulholland 2016 Ultimate Nominee Bag was gifted to celebrities & VIPs at the Oscars
The Madison & Mulholland 2016 Ultimate Nominee Bag was gifted to celebrities & VIPs at the Oscars

Some of the top A-list celebrities receiving Madison & Mulholland included Amy Schumer, Angelina Jolie, Melissa McCarthy, Cate Blanchett, Charlize Theron, Diane Lane, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, Julia Roberts, Rooney Mara, and Rachel McAdams.

Kate Hudson featured her new athletic line Fabletics including a gift card for industry goers. The inspiration behind the brand is reaching consumers that are active whether they’re running a marathon or running around town. The brand is all about offering great workout apparel at a more affordable price point.

A Red Carpet Favorite was the “Regal” vintage-inspired necklace by Madison & Mulholland, which retails for $250 perfect for a LBD or collared top!

The "Regal" Vintage necklace looks great at VIP events
The “Regal” Vintage necklace looks great at VIP events

 

Leather-maker, Laundi Vindi’s fine leather goods were also inside this years Oscars bag allowing industry goers a $500 gift card. Laundi Vindi boasts handpicked leathers known for their beauty and durability.

A gorgeous leather handbag from Laudi Vidni sure to get attention on any red carpet
A gorgeous leather handbag from Laudi Vidni sure to get attention at any VIP event

Yarnpop.com was also featured in this year’s products offering a beautiful tote to taking your knitting projects with you on the go!

Travel On featured a Cosmetic Travel Bag, Multipurpose Packing Cube, and 18’’ Wheeled carry-on. Travel On is known for their Anti-Theft bags,which are gaining notoriety in the travel industry.

Perpetual Shade Luxury Eye Masks provided travel eye masks that said “HATER BLOCKERS!” ($69)

Gig Headphones are an amazing product with a dynamic range
Gig Headphones are an amazing product with a dynamic range

Gig Headphones were another popular item in this years bag. I recently used the Gigs headphones on a flight back to New York and was amazed with the sound quality and durability.

Industry professionals were also treated to Tee Time Gold Cards valued at $5000 to be used at over seven thousand courses worldwide. Other great travel offers in this year’s bag included The Hotel Card offering $5000 in hotel bookings.

Other accessories included iPhone cases by Naw Jack, which features Corium designs along with BUCO bags featuring coin purses perfect for keys, credit cards, and of course lip gloss ($98)! Infinity headbands by Ambrosia Designs also featured a stunning rhinestone headband perfect for any age! Proceeds from all sales go to girls in foster organizations within South Florida.

Other charitable goods included Luxchilas Bags who support the women of the Wayuu Tribe of Colombia. The brand is known worldwide for their luxury “Wayuu Mochila” bag. The bright, geometrical design of Luxchilas brings life to any outfit.

RetroSpecs & Co. included their yellow Optyl frames from circa 1960-80s ($69). Retro Specs aim is to preserve the revolutionary designs of eyewear from the past.

An assortment of beauty products filled Madison & Mulholland’s Oscar bag from Sea Radiance who featured their gentle cleanser and rapid eye lift along with certificate for $100 towards lasers, botox, and fillers at Dr. Debra Jaliman’s clinic at 931 Fifth Ave, New York.

An Idaho favorite, Mirai, is a Japanese inspired product with natural healing powers (persimmon green tea extract, coconut oils, and others). The Mirai Clinical Body Care Collection included Purifying & Deodorizing Body Wash, Deodorizing Body Bar, Purifying & Deodorizing Spritzer ($94).

Mirai Clinical was honored to have its body care collection selected for inclusion at the 2-16 Ultimate Nominee Gift bag, which was given to this year’s Oscar nominees and A-List presenters
Mirai Clinical was honored to have its body care collection selected for inclusion at the 2016 Ultimate Nominee Gift bag, which was given to this year’s Oscar nominees and A-List presenters

Le Metier De Beaute gifted anti-aging complex liquid foundation, a kaleidoscope of cheek color, Amelie crimson lip color, along with liquid eye liner ($300 value). Bliss included their ever-popular Fab Girl décolleté and bust soufflé.

Other health and beauty products included Zarabee’s Naturals Honey Cough Soothers, Cough & Throat Relief, and Immune Support Vitamin Drink Mix ($8).

Other novelty items included Susan Miller founder of Astrologyzone.com who featured wall and pocket planners/calendars with art by the renowned artist Izak Zenou.

Cholocation’s ($50) and Think Thin sweetened up the gift bag with Salted Carmels infused with protein powder.

Libations in this years bag were provided by Avon Silver Tequila ($50) and Powell & Mahoney Craft Cocktail mixers ($8).

For the home, Italian Luxury designer, Pratesi featured its ascetically pleasing pillows with fun and intricate designs. Parker Wool gifted its Longwool luxurious sheepskin cushions perfect for the home office or bedroom.

With so many amazing brands to experience, Madison & Mulholland outdid themselves this Oscars season!

Liz Fraley

Liz is a freelance writer residing in Beverly Hills, California.

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Pop Art at the Galerie Montaigne in West Hollywood


It was an amazing night on Friday, February 19th as the stars came out to West Hollywood check out art at Galerie Montaigne. The Hollywood Press Corps was on the red carpet at as the celebrities and artists arrived. Known for his Belgian neauvaux pop art, Georges Monfils was presenting amazing sculptures that everyone was talking about.

http://www.georgesmonfils.com/
Raised in Flemish Belgium and Northern France, Georges Monfils’ style mixes his “old world” heritage with his exposure to the “factory” (Andy Warhol) cult. His style is referred to as “nouveau pop”.  No topic is “off limits” for Monfils. He had sculptures in the middle of the space that were made of vinyl records. One piece had a Star Wars theme that resembled Darth Vadar…on a turntable.

 

In the back of the main gallery was an egg chair by artist Jonathan Loubens. Decked out in skulls and spikes, the chair was a huge conversation piece. Actor John Savage agreed that it would look great in anyones living room.

Loubens uses inspiration from haute couture, music, and poetry, trying to create artworks that honor those arts. His career full of spirituality and eccentricity gave him the desire to explore new paths. He now dedicates himself to the creation of unique and priceless works of art.

http://www.jonathanloubens.com/

Also on hand and walking the red carpet was artist Fano

www.fano-theartist.com

After growing up in the fashion industry, Fano’s artistic fiber and undeniable talent were inspired after spending three years in Antilles with the love of his life. Out of nothing, he finds himself at the head of a fashion empire in the textile industry, after having created the “trapeze dress” fitting all morphologies. Between Paris and the Antilles island, he chooses to stay in the front line by designing all store-front windows of the boutiques he opens, himself, showing his unending controllable taste for creation.

In the back outdoor area was Loneroc (Laurent Proneur) —

http://www.laurentproneur.com/
Music and self-expression drove Laurent through significant success as both a producer and performance. Best known for being a part of the Street Art movement Laurent, then LONE, pioneered hip-hop in Europe alongside greats like MC Solar, Menelik, and NTM. Inspired by this new poetry, dance and fashion, Laurent expressed himself by creating a lifestyle of radical freedom that focused on color, impact, and pushing the boundaries of perception. Currently painting in Los Angeles, he describes his work as a “neoteric experiment in fine art graffiti”. Sometimes frenetic, but more often grounded in purposeful focus, Laurent’s work vacillates between instigating deep self-reflection or insisting the simplicity of a beauty moment.

His art has to be seen to be believed.

It was such a great night of art and fashion. The Galerie Montaigne knows how to throw a fun VIP event!

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

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Actress and Fashion Blogger Vida Ghaffari Honored with an Entrepreneur award

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

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

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

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

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

Atmosphere shot
Atmosphere shot

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dustin Brown

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
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Quynh Paris’ Feeling Collection Show at Style Fashion Week

On Saturday, October 17th, noted international fashion designer Quynh Paris debuted her vibrant new spring-summer 2016 “Feeling” collection at the prominent Style Fashion Week at the Reef in downtown LA. Quynh also debuted her versatile yet glam Ready-to-wear collection.

A beautiful dress from Quynh's ready-to-wear line
A beautiful dress from Quynh’s ready-to-wear line

This evocative style of this line is what many fashionistas and tastemakers call the typically cool Quynh Paris style; asymmetric, structured, 3D, artistic, romantic yet oh so modern. Dare I say it was even futuristic!

Nights in White Satin! Actress and model is stunning in a white dress from the ready-to-wear collection
Nights in White Satin! Actress and model is stunning in a white dress from the ready-to-wear collection

Quynh really wanted to capture the powerful essence of dual sides of emotions hence the inspiration behind the “Feeling” collection. “I wanted to convey the darkness and the light. The dual sides of being a woman…being strong but feminine. Powerful but gentle. Sexy but classy,” declared Quynh. Quynh’s line really echoed that daring and tricky theme in her super cool ready-to-wear line. One could go from day to night in that line depending on how one accessorized and wore her hair and makeup.

Futurama...
Futurama…A whimsical futuristic design from the ready-to-wear line

“I absolutely love Quynh’s designs! Every dress i try on fits perfectly and hugs all of the right places. I feel beautiful, soft and feminine yet strong, sexy and empowered at the same time in every Quynh Paris dress I wear,” declared actress Danielle Vasinova.

“I become more in tune with my feminine form no matter what my shape,” says actress Andrea Anderson. “The flowers in her designs empower me. I feel like I’m literally blooming as I wear the gown,” she added.

Her couture line is perfect for spring as it’s reminiscent of flowers in bloom and Quynh is truly inspired by nature. “I wanted my designs for this line to be like flowers growing in a field. Blossoming and blooming,” added Quynh.

Quynh (center) and her models all decked out in her designs including actress Jessica McClain
Quynh (center) and her models all decked out in her designs including actress Jessica McClain

“We love her so much and I’m totally obsessed with her line and I’m excited about her ready-to-wear line, which I know will sell really well. I love how it’s conservative but sexy. Stylish yet versatile. She really wowed me! I just want the whole line,” said a very excited Veronica Kerzner, founder of Style Fashion Week.

I love how both lines, while diametrically different capture the futuristic style of Quynh’s design esthetic. She keeps it exciting, fancy, bold and fresh!

It’s been quite a whirlwind year for Quynh! She was the headliner of opening night of New York Fashion Week. And actress Blanca Blanco wore a bold and show stopping gown of Quynh’s at the Oscars, which was the stand out gown of the night. Talk about an outfit of the day! So Quynh is definitely now an It-girl of international fashion!

Quynh’s line this season is reminiscent of many things, namely nature and what bright colors spring will bring. “I’m inspired by nature and these designs convey how much this season means to me,” said Quynh.

Quynh is a globetrotter. A Switzerland national that is originally from Vietnam, she graduated from Mod’ Art International Fashion School in Paris, the epicenter of fashion, and has already showcased her memorable collections such varied cities as Paris, Saigon, Los Angeles, and now New York City.

Ever the artist, Quynh is also an accomplished painter, dancer and violinist before becoming a fashion designer, and she incorporates her love of these art forms in her stylish couture collections with volume, asymmetric constructions, 3D sculpture structures that have a life of their own, as well as fluid movements, painting and her use of rich colors and intricate details.

She is Fashion Asia’s 2013 Top 5 fashion designer in haute couture. Quynh’s couture pieces have been worn by numerous pageant contest winners and contestants, top models and international celebrities. She has even been a judge herself at fashion graduation shows, fashion design or pageant contacts, particularly Miss Earth Pageant.

Recently she has been the exclusive costume designer of Mozart’s renowned opera “The Magic Flute” where she let her multicultural artistic creativity express itself.

Loving arts in all forms, she is about to be the exclusive costume designer for an eclectic Circus – Art performance show and once again for the opera “Carmen”.

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

All photos courtesy of Burris Agency Staff.

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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