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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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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

Dustin Brown

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The Emerging Past Director’s Cut Released on Amazon Prime

Noted multi award-winning filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill’s epic horror film, The Emerging Past Director’s Cut was just released on Amazon Prime. This film is in the tradition of Hitchcock and is a new psychological thriller from the producers & Writer/Director of Check Point, The Rack Pack, and Lazarus Apocalypse comes THE EMERGING PAST.

When you can’t see the future you need to live for the past. This film is the ultimate psycho-thriller roller coaster ride of terror. Murder and mayhem surround Queens New York photographer, Pamela Garret (played by Krista Grotte, Check Point, The Rack Pack, Lazarus Apocalypse, Hershel Gordon Lewis’ The Uh-Oh Show) after she is discovered taking a life altering picture of a sacrifice ritual. Her world suddenly becomes a jigsaw puzzle as she quickly needs to solve it and find somewhere safe to hide before her emerging past catches up with her. With no where to go, she turns to her coworker Dylan (played by the late actor Brooke McCarter in his last and final role, The Lost Boys, Trashin, The Uh-Oh Show) for help. As stress levels rise in her search for the truth her coworker spins the game into another level as he reveals just who he really is. As she soon realizes that the past is never where you left it hence the title for the film.

“I’m so excited that the Emerging Past Director’s Cut is on Amazon Prime. The Emerging Past was one of my first films, so it’s as if my career has come full circle with this release of the film,” said Churchill.

This film also stars horror icon Stephen Geoffreys (Check Point, LAZARUS, Fright Night, 976-Evil, Heaven Help Us, At Close Range), Steve Dash (Friday the 13th Part 2, Nighthawks, Alone in the Dark, Mr. Hush), Edward X. Young (Sea of Dust, The Green Monster, Mr. Hush), Tony Moran (John Carpenter’s Halloween, BEG) and Mike Marino (Check Point, Sleepless Nights, Lazarus Apocalypse). The film is skillfully written and directed by Thomas J. Churchill (Check Point, Lazarus Apocalypse, The Rack Pack). This noteworthy film was the winner of 8 Awards including four for Best Picture at various Film Festivals across the world.

The film’s poster

This has been a banner year for the prolific Churchill. His film, The Rack Pack, starring C. Thomas Howell is in post production. His much buzzed about film, Check Point, which was distributed by Sony was just released on all platforms. This film has an all-star ensemble cast consisting of WWE Universal Champion Bill Goldberg (The Longest Yard), William Forsythe (The Rock, Raising Arizona), Martial Arts Hall of Famer Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, An Eye For An Eye opposite Chuck Norris), Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th films), Tyler Mane (Michael Myers in Rob Zombie’s Halloween, X-Men), Fred “The Hammer” Williamson (From Dusk Till Dawn, Starsky & Hutch), Former UFC Champion John Lewis (Sons of Anarchy), Krista Grotte (Nation’s Fire, The Rack Pack) and Kenny Johnson (Bates Motel, The Shield). This project is also the last film of Ricky Harris (Heat, Dope) before his tragic and unexpected death. The action packed Syndicate Smasher, which he worked on with Novak and Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop, Sky) and played the role of Andy, just held it’s world premiere to a sold out crowd.

Still of Grotte and McCarter

 

Still of Grotte

 

Still of McCarter

Other projects this multi-talented filmmaker has worked on are the two time award-winning retro-film noir zombie epic-Lazarus: Apocalypse starring James Duval (Independence Day), which won best horror film at The New York City International Film Festival. He also produced and portrayed the sheriff in the indie film Mr. Hush. Churchill was also seen by millions on the SyFy Network’s hit series Monster Man in episode #2 titled The Forbidden Werewolf.  This talented multi-hyphenate had a memorable role in the new cult classic Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance with a talented ensemble cast consisting of Bai Ling (The Crow), Tommy Wiseau (The Room), Laurene Landon (Airplane 2: The Sequel), and Dawna Lee Heising (Pond Scum), and was reunited with Novak. Next on deck for Churchill is epic action thriller Nation’s Fire,  starring Grotte, which he wrote and will be directing. Also on deck for him is an edgy new anthology TV series, Cold Plastic, which he also wrote and is directing  as well. Both projects are being production in conjunction David M. Parks’ Apothecary Entertainment.

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

 

Dustin Brown

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Filmmaker Beth B Kickstarting Film Project with Lydia Lunch

bit.ly/lydialunch

March 17, 2017 – New York City artist, Beth B, has known and worked with Lydia Lunch since they were teenagers. They grew up in the late 1970s New York music/film/art scene and brought their radical visions to the underground where they broke boundaries, both shocking and enticing their audiences with their uncensored music and films.

Beth B(L) with Lydia Lunch(R) photo by Curt Hoppe

Together, they are now embarking on a Kickstarter campaign to fund a film documentary called LYDIA LUNCH The War is Never Over.

This project will capture the voice and visualize the extraordinary, outrageous work and life of spoken word artist and singer, Lydia Lunch. The film will follow Lydia on the road back to her hometown of Rochester, New York. On tour, backstage, and in interviews, this film will reveal the radical mind, the visceral music, and the edgy, philosophical, and humorous personality of Lydia Lunch.

Lydia Lunch performing in New York City. Photo courtesy Bob Krasner

Lydia Lunch is an icon/poet of the New York City No Wave art scene. In 1976 at the age of sixteen, a teenage runaway, Lydia Lunch, arrived in New York City  inspired by the ravings of Lester Bangs in Creem Magazine. The Velvet Underground’s sarcastic wit, the glamour of the New York Dolls, and the poetic scat of Patti Smith’s Piss Factory all influenced her. In 1977, she founded the hugely influential No Wave band, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks. Lydia went on to star in legendary underground films like Beth B’s “Vortex” and Richard Kern’s “Fingered.”

Lydia Lunch. Photo courtesy Nicole Marquez

Beth B is known for being one of the most recognized artists from the No Wave art scene of the 1970s. Her independent film called “Vortex” was a legend in underground film making. This was a time before the internet when films could only be screened with a 16mm projector. Beth B remains an icon of the New York City art scene.

This Kickstarter project seeks to raise $50,000 for Beth B to film Lydia on tour with her band, RETROVIRUS. Lydia will be performing her spoken word while Beth B will be interviewing pivotal people in Lydia’s life: people like Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth and JG Thirwell from Fetus.

Lydia Lynch’s riveting performance at Howl Happening NYC. Photo by Bob Krasner

Please contribute! No contribution is too small! LYDIA LUNCH The War is Never Over, with its wit, honesty, balls out, mouth open attitude, will help us all to kick the ball forward, toward a future in which we truly have liberation of the mind and body and a new sense of healing from trauma.

Here’s a link to the project

bit.ly/lydialunch

 

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EXCLUSIVE CIRCUS MAGAZINE OSCAR CELEBRATION HOSTED BY STEVE SHAW & JONAS TAHLIN

LOS ANGELES, CA – Circus Magazine, the new film media outlet from Steve Shaw, founder and editor of treats! Magazine, presented the 89th Academy Awards luxurious black-tie party at the private residence of Jonas Tåhlin, CEO Absolut Elyx.

Paris Hilton (L) and Chanel West Coast attend the Circus Magazine Oscars Celebration Hosted By Steve Shaw and Jonas Tahlin (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/WireImage)

The exclusive event attracted over 500 guests and celebrities who came out to celebrate people in the fields of art and entertainment.

Paris Hilton and her new beau, Chris Zylka, at their first event together at the beautiful Absolut Elyx house. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/WireImage)

Circus Magazine, LA’s first consumer focused film title launching later this year, presented the Academy Awards red carpet and ceremony on Samsung screens throughout Jonas’ house, a beautiful sprawling Hollywood Hills estate.

Guests attend the Circus Magazine Oscars Celebration Hosted By Steve Shaw and Jonas Tahlin (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/WireImage)

Other partners for the event included Volvo who provided a fleet of new vehicles to escort guests to the venue, and Vaseline who provided the photo booth for guests to take ‘old Hollywood’ style photos as a memento of the night.

Skrillex (L) and Paris Hilton attend the Circus Magazine Oscars Celebration (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/WireImage)
Skrillex (L) and Brandon Boyd attend the Circus Magazine Oscars Celebration Hosted By Steve Shaw (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/WireImage)

Guests started to arrive at 3:30pm. Chanel West Coast was one of the first celebrities to arrive, joining as the award show had just got started. Absolut Elyx provided delicious signature cocktails such as the Butterfly consisting of Elyx, jasmine tea, lemon and Lillet. Spencer Garrett was seen in all black with a pineapple Absolut Elyx pin on his jacket.

LUIGI IRAUZQUI (L) and Dawn Miller attend the Circus Magazine Oscars Celebration (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/WireImage)

Sitting pretty as always was Julia Clancey in a beautiful bright pink and orange gown topped with a sparkling headband. Everyone was tuned into the Oscar viewing and astonished by the award mix up creating buzz all evening.

 

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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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An Interview with Bassist and Vocalist Chris Wyse

The Hollywood Press Corps got a chance to meet up with legendary bass guitar player, Chris Wyse. Chris has played with Ozzy Osbourne, Mick Jagger, the Cult and most recently Ace Frehley. Chris played an amazing set  of heavy metal with Ace. Here are a few questions that we came up for Chris while he was in Los Angeles with Ace to play one of the coolest venues in LA, the Saban Theatre.

Chris Wyse with Ace Frehley at the Saban Theater Friday, February 4th, 2017. Photo by Alex Kluft

Hollywood Press Corps (HPC):
So how is your latest project with Ace going?
Chris Wyse (CW): Ace recently told me he wants to get us in the studio after we return from the South American tour in March! I know he has a few songs started and it’s really exciting to venture into new original music. Anything can happen!

HPC: What is life like on the road?
CW: The shows have been really great! The fans really appreciate Ace and the bands high energy output. We have lots of fun. The fans have been really excited. It’s always great to tour the USA and it all just feels like home. Life on the road is good. We are all however looking forward to South America. Fantastic crowds down there. This will be my fourth tour of SA.

HPC: Is there anything new with your bass playing?
CW: Recently I have been playing an active Fender P Bass Elite. It has a different vibe than my passive basses and it has been fun dialing in such a powerful preamp on the bass itself.

HPC: How do you select what your next project is going to be?
CW:It all is based on inspiration for writing and playing. This is especially true for my band Owl since I guide the ship. I like to get back to the upright bass usually. Owltheband.net

HPC: Do you ever wish you would’ve played with anyone over the years that you didn’t get a chance to work with?
CW:I think Dave Growl, Zak Wylde and myself would make a sick band. I never played with either but I know Zak some and he’s very funny, such a killer musician. I love Dave’s drumming and talent as well.

 

HPC: Do you remember who your first guitar teacher was or your first bass teacher?
CW: Steve Harris really is my bass inspiration. As far as Double Bass or Upright Bass I studied classical bass in college with Michael Wicks of the Albany NY Orchestra.

HPC: Who do you think was the best bass player ever?
CW: Steve Harris for his huge impact on bass playing. I’m one of many that love Steve.

HPC: What was it like to be involved with so many legends?
CW:It has been quite the wild ride but I love it and find it rewarding to pour my heart into music. It is also is nice to be trusted by such fame and talent. I have learned so much from all the artists I have worked with. Being in the Ace Frehley Band is quite the honor. Ace is very experienced yet naturally. Always be you.

HPC: Do you have a good Ozzy story?
CW: Ozzy quote-“You are fucking gonna love me Chris because I love the bass loud and I love all the riffs you are throwing in!” That made me smile huge!! I really love Ozzy’s energy. He is an amazing artist and voice!! One of my faves.

HPC: Do you have a good Mick Jagger story?
CW: I was playing upright bass with a bow and Mick sort of did his Mick strut while I was playing. I felt transported to another place. It was great to have that experience to record with him. We drank fine red wine after and chatted for a couple hours over a great dinner.

HPC: What was the ultimate Cult show, where everything just sounded the best?
CW: I recall a show on Jimmy Kimmel on the outside stage in 2012 that felt great. It was in support of “Choice of Weapon”. We hit a new peak and I had some really cool bass bits on that album I loved to play. Playing on TV sounds sterile but this is really like a live mini set. It was fun. I once saw David Gilmour at the Kimmel Show and hung out with my buds The Trailer Park Boys just to hang out. Great show and green room!

HPC: What is one thing that would surprise people to know about you?
CW: I do Yoga and I’m still striving in my bass playing, singing and writing to always get better. I am going back to some of my sonatas from Vivaldi lately with the bow. There are two bows for upright bass. I play German preferred over French bow but play both. I have been teaching bass guitar and upright bass with in depth theory and techniques. It keeps me sharp and open to other peoples taste.

HPC: What does the future of 2017 look like for you?
CW: New Ace original music and more touring! Owl will also have a return with new music!! 2017 will be full of new music!

Thanks for Chris for taking time to answer our questions. It’s so interesting to hear about a professional bass player who plays “Detroit Rock City” and Vivaldi! Check out Chris with Ace Frehley on his Space Invader tour and Chris’s project called Owl!

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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BUDDERSIDE AND CASSETTE CULTURE HELP CHRISTEN NEW VENICE BEACH-SIDE MUSIC VENUE

(Venice, California)  Motorhead Music recording artists Budderside (www.budderside.com ), along with one of music’s hottest young acts Cassette Culture (www.cassetteculture.com) form a unique night of music this Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 8:30 pm at the Venice Beach Bar Live located on the Venice Beach strand and Rose Avenue.

Cassette Culture and Budderside at the Venice Beach Bar
Cassette Culture and Budderside at the Venice Beach Bar

Budderside recently completed a tour of Europe where they played before 80,000 people at the famed Wacken Festival in Germany. Cassette Culture, the fast-rising group of teen performers has been one of Los Angeles’ most buzzed about new alternative rock bands.

The show marks the continued coming out of the Venice Beach Bar, a historic location on the famous Venice Beach strand, as it transitions to one of Los Angeles’ premier Westside music venues. Operating under the umbrella of Venice Beach Bar Live, and curated by well known Los Angeles music executive Noelle Kim, the location once served as housing for Jim Morrissey in its upper floor. The venue is the only live music facility on the Venice Strand.

Cassette Culture Live
Cassette Culture Live

Showtime is at 8:30 pm and there is no cover charge for patrons. Venice Beach Bar is located at 323 Ocean Front Walk. Patrons can find it easily by taking Lincoln to Rose Avenue, and head west until Rose Avenue dead ends at the beach. There is parking at the beach, just steps from the venue.

For more information please visit facebook.com/thevenicebeachbar, facebook.com/budderside, or facebook.com/cassettecultureband.

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The One Thousand Butterfly Miracle of Malibu Bluffs

Malibu, CA – The One Thousand Butterfly Miracle just went down in Malibu on Sunday, November 13th. This event was inspired by a tragic accident that occurred with Malibu resident, Emily Shane, back in 2010. Emily was struck by a homicidal driver while walking along Pacific Coast Highway. Her death was so tragic and devastating for her parents. Her father, Michel and mother, Ellen, have gone on to create the Emily Shane Foundation. Emily’s motto was, “Dance, love, sing, live” She had a powerful message for an eighth grader and the Emily Shane Foundation allows her unique world vision to be carried on. The foundation provides role models and mentors to at risk middle school kids. The fee for the children enrolled in the program is that they must “pay it forward” by doing a good deed in exchange for the mentoring.
Here’s a link to the Emily Shane Foundation website on Facebook ;

https://m.facebook.com/emilyshanefoundation/

A donation of just $10.00 allows a mentor to tutor a disadvantaged youth for one hour.  Please donate if you can.

Actress and environmentalist, Hayden Begley with producer and Emily's father, Michel Shane
Actress and environmentalist, Hayden Begley with producer and Emily’s father, Michel Shane

The bluffs above Malibu was such a great place to hold the event. There were locals, celebrities and people who just happened to be at the park that day. Tables were set up that explained why butterflies and bees are so important. For example, butterflies (Order: Lepidoptera) are brightly colored flying insects with two pairs of large wings that vary in color and pattern from species to species. Furthermore, butterfly wings are covered with overlapping rows of tiny scales, butterflies share this feature with other lepidopterans known as moths. Milk weed plants were gifted to those interested at the event. Monarch butterflies cannot survive without milkweed. Both bees and butterflies play an important and vital role in pollination of plants and the production of California’s agriculture.

Releasing the butterflies. Photo courtesy the Hollywood Press Corps
Releasing the butterflies. Photo courtesy the Hollywood Press Corps

The event itself was festive, fun and featured live music. There were celebrities in attendance such as Marina Anderson. Marina is known for acting and coaching and resurrecting David Carradine’s acting career in Kill Bill. Also in attendance was Michel Shane who is Emily’s Dad and is a founder of Hand Picked Films. Michael Shane has produced a long list of successful films including the
Oscar nominated and multiaward winning Spielberg directed film, “Catch Me If You Can,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and “I, Robot” with Will Smith. Actress Hayden Begley was in attendance. Hayden is an actress and singer from Malibu, California. Hayden’s grandfather is Academy Award winner and Broadway actor, Ed Begley
(Sr.) and her dad is actor and renown environmentalist, Ed Begley Jr.

Ellen Shane making announcements while Robin Hill prepares to sing
Ellen Shane making announcements while Robin Hill prepares to sing

There were locals, little kids and people from all over. The event featured a raffle and silent auction to benefit the foundation. The release of the thousand butterflies was special. People were gathered in a giant circle to get close to the boxes that contained the butterflies. Once the butterflies were released, they exploded into the air. There were butterflies everywhere. People were bending over to get a glimpse of the butterflies before they flew away. Some people were experts in letting butterflies land gently on their hands. Other people weren’t so gentle.

A butterfly prepares to fly away
A butterfly prepares to fly away

The One Thousand Butterfly Miracle in Malibu Bluffs Park on 2016 was such a great success. The community came together to support a great cause and remember an innocent little girl who was taken too soon.



Dustin Brown

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