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The 11th Annual EcoLuxe Lounge

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — SEPTEMBER 17, 2017 —The 11th annual EcoLuxe Lounge Celebration was held at the Beverly Hilton’s Wilshire Gardens this Emmys weekend.

Celebrity guests at Ecoluxe included Gretchen Rossi, Allen Maldonado, Tara Reid, Bridgetta Tomarchio, Caitlin Carmichael, Dee Wallace-Stone, Donna Spangler,
Heather McComb, Renee Olstead, Slade Smiley and many more!

Gretchen Rossi on the red carpet

Debbie Durkin’s Ecoluxe honored 2017 Emmy nominees in support of Autism Changes. Autism changes is a non-profit foundation bringing awareness to autism communities around the world. Funds from the foundations are dedicated to inclusion programs offering behavioral and educational support for children. A new book on Autism has been released, Jose’s Journey to Acceptance by Author and founder of Autism Changes, Dennis Vanesse.

Nicole Murphy

Celebs and Creative-types enjoyed a brunch curated by Chef Alberico’s farm-to-table concept complete with champagne, while Dennis Miller kept the music spinning.

Tara Reid

During Eco Luxe Emmy weekend there were many beauty products featured including Zein Obagi. The brand featured its daily skin care products and Ossential pore refining treatments. ZO Skin Health develops and delivers innovative skincare solutions that optimize skin health based on the latest advances in skin therapy technologies. Through comprehensive skincare programs for physicians and their patients, ZO Skin Health, Inc. bridges the gap between therapeutic treatment and daily care.

Patrick Sabonqui

Some of the featured brands this year included Chariot Luggage, perfect for your next jet setting adventure! Chariot had many options for luggage including high-tech plastics in a variety of solids and prints. Although travel is important, looking great is too! Good thing many clothing and jewelry designers were on hand this Emmy’s weekend!

Actor Kim Estes (R)

A crowd favorite was Liv & B which specializes in using high quality gemstones, sterling silver, fine silver, and other metals to enhance the beauty behind every piece. Event goers received beautiful “Madeline” pearl earrings.

Excoluxe lounge by far had the best in beauty, food, and fun this Emmy season. Follow Press Pass LA for the latest in Emmy season coverage.

Liz Fraley

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

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First Annual Lucky Strike Film Festival is a Major Success

The much anticipated Lucky Strike Film Festival rolled out it’s red carpet for it’s first annual festival featuring celebrities and awardees such as Emmy winning actress Judi Evans of Days of Our Lives, Natalie Burn, Jamie Bernadette, Iyad Hajjaj, Massi Furlan, Stephanie Spruill and many others in attendance at their awards ceremony on September 22nd at the Regency Valley Plaza 6 Theatre in North Hollywood.

In addition to the exposure, the winners for Best Film also received a distribution deal through Lucky Strike Productions. This was a wonderful opportunity for films of all genres and filmmakers of all backgrounds. This festival will truly be a home for indie filmmakers and a new voice for artists, which will allow for their talent to emerge. Traci Lynn Cowan and Ryder Davidson co-hosted the awards ceremony.

This innovative festival was founded by multi award-winning filmmaker Romane Simon. Asked why he created his own festival in addition to writing, directing and producing countless films and being a highly regarded author, Simon said, “it feels really good knowing that I created a platform for creative fellow filmmakers to showcase their work for a broad audience.”

It was also Simon’s birthday. “I couldn’t ask for a better birthday party. To be able to spend the day with talented fellow filmmakers while providing a platform for creative people to come under the same roof to celebrate art. The turnout was more than I ever hoped for! It was a great success. Love, laugh, live and follow your dream,” he added.

 

Simon, himself, has an interesting background as he was born and raised in Haiti. He moved many miles from home to the United States to continue and expand his dreams in the entertainment industry, by embarking upon several more projects. Simon currently works as a screenplay writer, actor, fight choreographer, stuntman, dancer, and even model. Simon is also a great MMA fighter with a record of 9-2-3. His most recent film Hybristophilia stars Quinton Aaron from the Blind Side, Sadie Katz from Wrong Turn 6, Jenna Willis from the People Vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, Iyad Hajjaj from Madam Secretary and many others.

Here’s a list of winners from the festival:

Lifetime Achievement Award: Judi Evans

Best Docu Feature: Isis Crisis by Dr. Elham Madani, who was also awarded best female director

Best TV episode: Bad Pizza by Mark Schaefer

Best Animation: Sweet Tooth by Kelse Whitfield

Best Short Film Thriller: Strangers in a Book by Marc Rezvani

Best Drama Short Film: As We Say Goodbye by Jhosimar Vasquez

Best Action Short: Among Us by Joss Gomez

Achievement in Film: Robert Parham

 Rising Stars: Carolyn Dupree, Brooklyn Robinson, Alexander Man, Lillian Lev, Jamie Bernadette

Achievement Award winners: Natalie Burn, Iyad Hajjaj, Stephanie Spruill, Shane Sparks, Bobbie Chance and Massi Furlan

Best Horror Slasher: Prey in Cold Blood by Alex T. Hwang

Entertainer Award: Sonia Harley

Achievement in Fitness: Traci Lynn Cowan

Media Award winners: Mark Sevier, Stephen Ingves, JP Beaulieu, Orlando Jose, Guillermo Proano, Shane Silvester, Roland de Guzman, Svetlana Krapivina, Ryan Nguyen, Cerdan Smith of cdaem, and HPC’s own Vida G!

More info about the festival at:

https://www.luckystrikefilmsfestival.com/

Photos courtesy of Mark Sevier and Ryan Nguyen

Dustin Brown

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Aaron, Laura and Steve Rise to the Challenge and Climb US Bank Tower’s 1000 ft. of stairs

On Friday, September 22nd, Laura Sharpe, Founder of Artists For Trauma (AFT) and Aaron Baker, Co-Founder of C.O.R.E., Center Of Restorative Exercise, and Steve Sarns from NuStep.com, as a part of the Together We Rise Team, will climb the typically closed to
the public, US Bank Tower’s 1000 ft. of stairs, equaling 75 floors at 1,664 steps, averaging 22 steps per floor. Laura and Aaron are both of whom are polytrauma survivors that are climbing for those can’t. This event has an average of 4,000 participants and is a fun Block Party in the streets of LA, complete with games, live bands, food trucks, and a beer garden. ALL the proceeds go to the Ketchum-Downtown YMCA charity.

Laquita Diane, John Behzad, Laura Sharpe, Aaron Baker and his wife Katie. Photo courtesy of Al Ortega/Gettyimages

WHO: VIPs expected at this event such as Laura T. Sharpe, Founder of Artists for Trauma, and Aaron Baker, Founder of C.O.R.E., Center Of Restorative Exercise and Steve Sarns from NuStep.com

Steve Sarns of NuStep.com

WHEN: September 22nd, press check-in at 3:15, event 3:30-8pm Please join the Together We Rise team of Laura, Aaron and Steve will climb the stairs

WHERE: US Bank Tower Building 633 West Fifth Street; Los Angeles, California

PARKING: The organizers highly recommend carpooling, lyft or uber or other garages in the area.

ATTIRE: sportswear
RSVP: Please RSVP at info@artistsfortrauma.org

More info about AFT: http://www.artistsfortrauma.org/
More info about CORE: http://www.centerofrestorativeexercise.com/
More info about the US Bank Tower stair climb at www.ymcala.org/stairclimb

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

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Moda360 Walks on the Wild Side for the LA Zoo

MODA 360, an innovative exhibit of international art, fashion and film, presented a sustainable runway to benefit the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens conservation program and celebrate the Zoo’s 50th anniversary on Aug. 1, 2017 at The New Mart in Downtown LA.

HPC’s Vida G. with Debora Pokallus, founder of Moda360 (in white) and zoo executives. Vida is wearing a Deborah Lindquist design.

Moda 360, a fusion of art, fashion and film, incorporating exhibits and live presentations and encouraging collaborations between the three creative industries, brought sustainable designers from London, Los Angeles, New York, Colombia and Guatemala and showed the art of sustainability. This innovative company was founded by Debora Pokallus. Ethical fashion took center stage on the runway with Los Angeles designers Julie Gardner, a photographer who prints her images on cashmere, silk and cotton for a collection of brilliantly colorful scarves, kimonos and sarongs, and Deborah Lindquist, the Green Queen, who created a special animal themed collection for the Zoo, representing their West Coast home town. Atelier Tammam, a vegan couture collection from London, showed red carpet gowns with a touch of Old Hollywood. Juan Pablo Martinez debuted his new collection of recycled denim with exquisitely tailored dresses, jackets and jeans. Recent New York Fashion Week participant Melissa Lockwood brought zero waste knits from her collection IQ Test. TNT Agency created the jungle themed hair and makeup styles adding drama and excitement to the show.

Designer Deborah Lindquist and actress Carolyn Hennesy in one of Deborah’s eco designs
Actor Kim Estes

The event brought out celebrity champions of the Zoo, with actress Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project, Holy Terror) hosting Moda 360 and her fashion and lifestyle media outlet So Very Vida serving as the Official Media Sponsor. Emmy award-winning actress Carolyn Hennesy (General Hospital), a passionate Zoo Ambassador and Emmy nominated actor Kim Estes (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) along with noted actor Darby Hinton (Daniel Boone), devoted Zoo supporters, walked the red carpet and voiced their support of the Zoo’s conservation work. Founder and CEO of the World Networks, Lousine Karibian, was also in attendance. Model and actress Tamela D’Amico (Quinn) walked the runway in support of the Zoo’s global work. It was European royalty meeting Hollywood Royalty as HRH Princess Francesca Gioia Drommi of Italy also walked the red carpet with actor John Blyth Barrymore (Fake News).

HRH Princess Francesca Gioia Drommi of Italian graces the red carpet

Moda 360 spotlighted creative work across the industries with a fashion and art exhibit of work by artists from the FiLa organization in London: Gemma Nelson, Sheree Naqvi, Kel Rae and Amy Digham. Philadelphia painter Mark Campana and LA photographer Jenna Amaya exhibited their work representing their creative point of view. LA artist Andrea Bogdan brought her latest work to live paint at the event, offering attendees a glimpse into the artist’s workshop. Washington DC artist Holly Ahrens created a special art piece for the runway, making a fine art statement about habitat destruction on a couture bomber jacket. Philadelphia designer Machele Nettles displayed pieces from her Idol Light collection, jewelry from reclaimed optic glass creating a new dimension in jewelry, refracting light into a rainbow of colors. Korbata, a fair trade accessories company in Guatemala showed a collection of ties made from native Guatemalan fabrics hand woven by artisans.

Model on the runway in a Deborah Lindquist design

The world premiere of LA Style, a fashion video by Lucinda Luvaas opened the runway, and international videos from filmmakers around the world were screened throughout the event. CE Jordan, a former model and professional storyteller entertained the audience with anecdotes from her modeling career in the 1970s. A feature screening of the award winning short film “Strangers in a Book” written by Pedram Navab and screened at the Cannes Film Festival, put the spotlight on the success of independent filmmakers, with an introduction by the director and co-writer Marc Rezvani and lead actress and co-producer Vida Ghaffari.

Moda 360 enjoyed the support of returning sponsor, natural skin care company Bel Essence, and the delicious spreads and seasonings of Sleeper’s Gourmet. Amante restaurant, an Italian restaurant in the New Mart, provided beer and wine for the attendees. Janet Cao, Designer and Principal of ShopVere, offered fun and unique hair ties as gifts to all who came.

Moda 360 delivered an eclectic and entertaining program representing three creative industries and presenting the ideas, inspiration and ethics that drive the independent artist, designer and filmmaker forward in their work. Moda 360 shows the best of contemporary creation and gives a look behind the art to show the contribution these talented exhibitors offer the commercial and cultural market.

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About Bel Esprit – The Bel Esprit Showroom showcases international designers of ethical fashion, and the sister showroom, Showroom International, presents the collections of international independent designers. The showrooms offer 30 years of industry experience identifying and assisting the needs of both designers and retailers to facilitate a strong business relationship, and partner with international fashion industry organizations and events to give independent designers maximum exposure. Bel Esprit promotes ethical principles through education to designers, retailers and consumers, and, through a number of global initiatives, works to create and develop more ethical resources for the fashion industry. Learn more at www.BelEsprit.net.

About the New Mart — The New Mart Building, a registered Los Angeles historical landmark located in the center of Downtown LA’s fashion district, is home to 100+ showrooms representing hundreds of top lines. With both high profile and cutting edge showrooms, The New Mart is the most sought after venue for wholesale fashion buyers from around the world. Learn more at www.newmart.net.

About Bel Essence — Bel Essence is a natural skin care collection based on a simple idea: give skin the nutrition it needs to heal, regenerate and rejuvenate itself. Bel Essence combines natural and organic oils that are the richest sources of vitamins, antioxidants, omega 3’s and fatty acids, the essential components for healthy, youthful skin. Bel Essence gives skin what nature intended and selects and combines oils with beneficial properties to maximize results without harmful chemicals and colorings. Natural oils, known for their skin health benefits, are combined to treat and nourish skin giving both instant improvement and long-term transformation. Learn more at www.belessence.com.

Photos courtesy of Eugene Powers/Shutterstock, Wayne Fleshman and Dan Kennedy

Dustin Brown

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Entertainment Attorney Nadia Davari Helped Avoid the Horrors of Showbiz at ScareLA With Actress Vida Ghaffari as a Moderator

On Sunday, Aug. 6 at 4 p.m. at the Education Stage of the Los Angeles Convention Center, Scare LA 2017 held the informative “The 7 Legal Pitfalls You Must Avoid Before Getting Into The Horror Entertainment Biz” with ScareLA’s own renowned entertainment attorney Nadia Davari and her client, noted actress and HPC’s own Vida G. (The Mindy Project, Holy Terror).

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

Nadia gives great advice while Vida moderates. Photo courtesy of Fred Parvaneh/Kayhan Life

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

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

Nadia and Vida at ScareLA. Photo courtesy of Fred Parvaneh/Kayhan Life

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

Nadia with Lora Ivanova, the founder of ScareLA. Photo courtesy of Fred Parvaneh/Kayhan Life

“As an entrepreneur, it has been extremely important for me to have an A-class legal team to ensure our success and I could not be happier working with experts like Nadia Davari in this process. Her ability to look at the big picture and navigate the intricate landscape of show business has been key to our growth and I really enjoyed having her share her experience with our community at large at ScareLA this year,” added Ivanova.

About Scare LA:

ScareLA premiered in 2013 as the first fan convention dedicated to Halloween. Situated in the entertainment capital of the world, it combines LA’s top talent and unique setting with a twist! The weekend-long Halloween teaser celebrated California’s scariest faire with attraction unveils, workshops, classes, industry panels, haunt tours, screenings and activities. Share, inspire, play – ScareLA.

About Nadia Davari:

Nadia Davari is an experienced attorney whose practice bridges the diverse realms of entertainment, new media, technology, start-up companies, corporate and business law. Ms. Davari works with a wide range of clients including digital media companies, new business start-ups, production companies, movie studios, television networks, investors, and “talent” representation. Among her many areas of expertise, Nadia has an extensive record of accomplishment in the areas of entity formation, corporate maintenance, content acquisition, production, distribution (domestic and international), finance, the internet and new media issues ranging from capital structuring to intellectual property protection. Ms. Davari restructured international content licensing deals for MAVTV cable network and guided The Channel Factory and Planet Street through the process of establishing new media entities. At Taurus Entertainment and Dream Factory, she managed all aspects of “production legal.” While at Gigapix Studios, Ms. Davari negotiated and drafted scripted and unscripted television production, animation series, documentary and feature film, acquisition and financing agreements. At GVN Releasing she helped management launch GVN Releasing and negotiated domestic and international distribution agreements with content providers and sub-distributors.

This smart and savvy attorney has represented a number of prestigious companies including WR Films Entertainment, Je’Caryous Johnson Entertainment, Konwiser Brothers, Entertainment Treasures, Film Roman, Starz Entertainment, the popular Geekie Awards, and ScareLA. In the past, Ms. Davari practiced law as an associate with the law firms Rosen and Anderson as well as Barnes Morris. Nadia graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in molecular, cell and developmental biology and attended USC Law School where she participated in the Hale Moot Court Honors Program. Ms. Davari is also a guest lecturer at The University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. She recently guested as a legal expert on KCRW, KBEACH and LA Talk Radio and was profiled by popular blogs like Ms. In The Biz and the Hollywood Press Corps for her legal expertise.

More info about Nadia is at http://nadiadavari.com.

About Vida: 

Vida has been active on the Tinsel town scene as an award-winning actress and voiceover artist. This comedic powerhouse is best known for her appearances on the television comedies, The Mindy Project formerly on FOX, Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC, and Mind of Mencia on Comedy Central. These projects cap off a number of successes for the versatile starlet. She just wrapped a supporting role in Nation’s Fire, which will be distributed by Universal opposite two-time Oscar nominee Bruce Dern, Emmy winner Gil Bellows, iconic action and horror film heroine Laurene Landon and UFC Champion Chuck Liddell. Her other film, the much buzzed-about Holy Terror, where she plays the pivotal role of Hayley, a very troubled young woman opposite legendary actors Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Black Belt Jones) and Kristine DeBell (Meatballs, The Big Brawl). Holy Terror is climbing up the charts and is #11 on Amazon Prime UK. This scream queen has gotten local, national and international press from this project and was billed as “the Persian Linda Blair” from her work in this role by noted journalist Maurice Dwayne Smith at this link: http://coldheatnews.com/archives/7401 and here’s Holy Terror’s trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNjDmcCRAhY&t=3s

Vida also just shot Hybristophilia with Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side with Sandra Bullock). She will also be voicing a lead role in the three time Peabody award nominated The Suspense Show on XM satellite radio opposite Novak once again. In addition to voicing commercials, industrials, and audiobooks, Vida made her animation voice-over debut alongside Fred Willard, Lisa Kudrow, and Janeane Garofalo in Lovesick Fool, a film festival darling created by Emmy nominated director and animator Dominic Polcino (The Simpsons, Family Guy, King of the Hill).

As an award-winning journalist and blogger of her self-titled blog, www.soveryvida.com, she has also worked as a red carpet correspondent and has interviewed many celebs ranging from Oscar nominees and winners to Grammy winners. Vida recently received commendations from the City of Los Angeles and the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce for her journalism and acting endeavors as well as an Entrepreneur Award from the World Networks, an Excellence in Media Award from the Los Angeles Nollywood Film Association and a Media Appreciation Award. Ever the fashionista, Vida recently graced the cover of noted fashion magazine FVM Global Magazine twice, Shine on Hollywood Magazine, and 1st Class Magazine and was quoted about her knowledge of red carpet fashion for the Oscars by US News and World Report. She was also named a blogger to watch by On Trend Magazine.

More info about Vida at:

http://www.imdb.me/vidaghaffari

More info about this event at this link:

https://register.growtix.com/schedules/view/104877

More info about ScareLA: https://scarela.com

Dustin Brown

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Legendary actors and martial artists Aki Aleong and Mel Novak are inducted into the prestigious USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame

On Saturday, May 20th, legendary actors and martial artists Aki Aleong and Mel Novak were 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.

Inductees Aki Aleong and Mel Novak. Photo courtesy of John Cox/Polymedia Entertainment

Dr. Thomas is a 10th-degree grand master and is recognized as one of 20 worldwide. He has been active in the martial arts 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.

Grandmaster Jim Thomas. Photo courtesy of John Cox /Polymedia Entertainment

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.

Sifu Mark Hoadley. Photo courtesy of John Cox/Polymedia Entertainment

This event actually spanned 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 were Kathy Long, Art Camacho and many more. Martial artist and stand-up comic Mark Hoadley emceed the gala with his unique style of stand-up comedy. Sifu Hoadley is a three-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.

Grandmaster Jim Thomas and awardee Frank Paras Jr. Photo courtesy of Frank Paras Jr.

Frank Paras Jr. was also bestowed with an award. “I would like to thank God for everything, especially receiving my 2017 Hall of Fame for Black Belt of the Year Award. I would like to thank my two mentors, Grandmaster-Actor Trovador Ramos and my best friend late Master-Actor Robert Lee. I would like to thank for Soke Frederick Peterson Jr., my beloved wife Luz, Grandmaster-Dr. Jim Thomas and especially you, Publicist-Manager Joe Williamson,” said actor, martial artist and journalist Frank Paras Jr.

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).

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).

For more info, please go to http://www.usamartialartshalloffame.com/california-2017

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ONLINE AUCTION OF EXCLUSIVE ITEMS FROM PARIS HILTON, GENE SIMMONS, J SUTTA AND MORE

Los Angeles, Calif. February 15, 2017 – The Hollywood Press Corps announces a celebrity auction presented by Startuch.com. Startuch.com is an online platform where celebrities are raising funds for their preferred charities by donating pre-owned items to be auctioned online, announced today a new online celebrity auction that will go live on Wednesday, February 15th at 7.00am PT/10.00 ET at www.startuch.com. The auction will showcase exclusive memorabilia from influential pop culture artists like Paris Hilton, Gene Simmons, and J Sutta of The Pussycat Dolls. Startuch accepts a wide-range of items from celebrities including clothing, electronics, childrens’ items, music instruments, jewelry, art, signed or unsigned personal memorabilia, and much more. All of which will be auctioned off online, with proceeds going back to the celebrity’s charity of choice.

Paris Hilton’s Autographed SnowBoard

Paris Hilton’s Autographed SnowBoard

Hilton will be donating to Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles and Starlight Children’s Foundation, Gene Simmons will be donating to Mending Kids, and J Sutta will be donating to A League of Extraordinary Mutts. Speaking about his decision to donate and auction items at Startuch.com.

“All around the globe there’s children in need of urgent life-changing medical care and I believe in doing what I can to help. It’s great to see companies like Startuch.com offering a new way for people like myself to help our charities like Mendingkids.org, I hope others will also donate items and use this service to raise more money for their important causes,” said Gene Simmons.

Gene Simmons, Autographed KISS Custom Fighter Pilot Helmet

Gene Simmons, Autographed Helmet

J Sutta added, “Through auctioning these items on Startuch.com, I want to give something back to the fans and most importantly help raise more funds for dogs looking for a loving home at the League of Extraordinary Mutts.”

 

Paris Hilton also added, “I’m always looking for ways to help charities and good causes and when I heard about Startuch.com, I was immediately onboard to support their online auction to raise funds for charity. Through my Facebook donations I will support two charities that are important to me, Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles and The Starlight Children’s Foundation, both are wonderful causes that I’ve supported for many years. I encourage you to go online and place a bid and help support these good causes.”

J Sutta, Autographed “Pussy Cat Dolls” Hoodie from Wolrd Tour

J Sutta, “Pussy Cat Dolls” Hoodie from World Tour

Speaking about the new auction items and donations Startuch.com co-founder Evgenia Lorcy:

“It’s been our mission from the very beginning to always help those in need and I know there are so many celebrities and public figures who are always looking for more ways to give back. Startuch provides a simple and easy way for them to give back with very little required from them, except to donate some of their personal and performance items. We are extremely thankful to Gene, Paris and J Sutta for their wonderful participation and contribution to their causes, we know there will be many fans who will be excited about these exclusive items and we’re thrilled that they see the benefit and ease of working with us.”

Sample items going live on auction on Startuch.com on Wednesday, February 15th at 7.00am PT / 10.00 ET are as follows:

Paris Hilton Items:
Autographed “Roxy” Snowboard by Paris Hilton
Autographed, Crocodile Pattern Red Leather High Heels, from “Paris Hilton” Collection
Pattern dress with red bow
Paris Hilton cocktail mirror encrusted gold dress
Autographed Silver Grey Heels With Gold Bow, from “Paris Hilton” Collection
Paris Hilton pink ribbon cocktail dress
Cheetah Animal Print Satin Blazer with waist Tie Belt
Autographed Shoulder Tote Bag, from “Paris Hilton Rouge” Collection
Bangle Rhinestone Bracelet
Tiara
Autographed Tote Bag
Sequined Green Jacket
Red Leather Jacket
Autographed Purse with Paris Hilton Logo Embroidered
Black Bangle “LOVE” Bracelet

Gene Simmons Items:
Folds of Honor Foundation Helmet signed by Gene Simmons (one-of-a-kind)
Newborn baby KISS onesie signed by Gene Simmons
2 medium-sized women’s grey and glitter KISS crew sweatshirts signed by Gene Simmons
2 KISS Rocks Vegas DVD and CD pack signed by Gene Simmons
1 Gene Simmons Family Jewels Final Season DVD signed by Gene Simmons
1 KISS sign, signed by Gene Simmons

J Sutta Items:
J Sutta World Tour Pussycat Dolls Hoodie, with embroidered “Don’t Cha Wish Your Girlfriend Was Hot Like Me” and “PCD”
J Sutta World Tour Pussycat Doll T-Shirt

Others recent donors have included Terrell Owens (NFL), Lady Victoria Hervey (Model/Socialite), Vivica A. Fox (Empire/Independence Day: Resurgence), Matthew Rhys (The Americans), Adam Rodriguez (Empire), Lorenzo Lamas (The Celebrity Apprentice), and more. Startuch.com founder Evgenia Lorcy began her career as a model and fashion designer well known in New York and Paris fashion industry. While in New York, her high-end clothing brand EV&EL, was picked up by major stores across the U.S., including Nordstrom. At this time, Lorcy (formerly known as Gvozdetskaya) worked with and launched the careers of the then-unknown models Adriana Lima and Ivanka Trump. After winning numerous fashion awards, Lorcy also dressed celebrities such as Ivana Trump, Prince, Drew Barrymore, and Mariah Carey, and as a wardrobe supplier for the TV series “Melrose Place.” Lorcy later created her handbag and purse line “TsariTza” (meaning Queen in Russian), worn by socialites worldwide. In 2014, Lorcy and her husband, Patrick Lorcy co-founded Startuch.com as a way for celebrities and public figures to have a hassle-free way of giving back to their favorite charities.

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nonTransferable Transfers the Love in this Modern Internet Age

The rom-com nonTransferable held their red carpet launch event on Monday, February 13th at the kitschy Now Boarding in heart of West Hollywood. This film was almost entirely shot in Turkey, and it would take Iranian-American attorney Nadia Davari to bridge the gap between east and west as the legal counsel of this international film. Davari reps Lightening Entertainment, a noted production company and distributor of the film.

The film’s poster. Photo courtesy of nonTransferable

Interestingly enough, this film had an exclusive 4K Ultra HD Release of the Original Independent Film on UltraFlix before it hits theaters.  All of this is in conjunction with NanoTech Entertainment, who provides the innovative 4K experience to consumers and has a strategic partnership with SWIG MEDIA and Lightning Entertainment. UltraFlix has secured digital distribution rights to nonTransferable motion picture.  This partnership is helping to usher in the Company’s expansion of premiere film presentations and original programs on the UltraFlix network.

Still of the film. Photo courtesy of Davidson Vorhes

James Walker, President of Lightning Entertainment, and Forest Robin, Head of Digital Distribution lead the team working with the filmmakers spearheading this distribution deal.  Walker noted “The entertainment industry is looking increasingly at new models using the digital platforms to release and bring attention to films in ways other than through costly P&A.  Lightning Entertainment is positioned to leverage our relationship with SWIG Media’s next generation digital distribution capabilities and content partners to bring wonderful new movies like nonTransferable to the market in new and unique ways.”

Actors Brendan Bradley and Amin Joseph on the red carpet. Photo courtesy of Fred Parvaneh

As for the film, nonTransferable follows the adventures of Amy Tyler (Ashley Clements), a bleeding heart romantic who books a surprise vacation of a lifetime for her boyfriend Josh Merit (Christopher Nicholas Smith). When he abruptly breaks up with her on their anniversary, Amy is stuck with the non-transferable tickets in his name. Dealt with a difficult and time sensitive situation, Amy’s clever friends suggest that if she can’t change the tickets…why not change the guy? She comes across another Josh Merit (Brendan Bradley, who also wrote and directed the film) and the sparks fly.

This film also stars Amin Joseph, Shanna Malcolm, Katie Wee, Matthew Scott Montgomery, Sara Fletcher, Cem Baza, Monika Jolly, Daniel Vincent Gordh, Julia Cho, Joey Richter, Jessica Andres and Cigdem Önat.

In addition to the wonderful rom com story, this film is so intriguing on many levels. Produced by an American production, with a strong indie cast, but the the project was almost entirely filmed in Turkey. And during the geopolitical coup no less! Additionally, this film was also partially financed via Turkey’s tourism board and appropriately enough, the trailer screened on Turkish Airlines channel.

James Walker, President of Lightening Entertainment with his general counsel Nadia Davari
Brendan with Nadia

All in all it was a great event, with an open bar (yet I was too sick to enjoy much of anything) with an airline theme…how apropos for a film about travel and the food was catered by Prime Cutts. So let’s fly high with nonTransferable!

More info at http://nontransferablefilm.com/

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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New Exorcist Movie ‘Holy Terror’ Trailer Debuts

The riveting first official teaser trailer for the new supernatural horror film HOLY TERROR was just released. This film is in post production via Cineridge Entertainment from the award-winning team who previously brought us SAMURAI COP 2: DEADLY VENGEANCE.

Holy Terror poster

Written and directed by Rich Mallery (SOCIOPATHIA) and executive-produced by Gregory Hatanaka (who helmed SAMURAI COP 2 from a script co-written by Mallery), HOLY TERROR stars MEATBALLS’ Kristine DeBell, Bruce Lee’s GAME OF DEATH’s Mel Novak, Lisa London (H.O.T.S., PRIVATE RESORT), Kelly Reiter (The Z Virus), Jesse Hlubik (MAY, ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE), Nicole Olson, Scott Butler (WIENER DOG INTERNATIONALS), and HPC’s Vida G (THE MINDY PROJECT, JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE).

Still of Actress Vida Ghaffari. Photo courtesy of Guillermo Proano/PR Photos

Believing the strange disturbances in their home are their deceased son reaching out from the other side, Molly [Reiter] and Tom [Hlubik] ask a medium [London] to make contact. But instead of their child, the three accidentally invite a vengeful demon to cross over. After the demon violently possesses Molly’s younger sister [Olson], the couple enlists the help of a disgraced priest [Butler] and his mentor Sister Catherine [DeBell] to attempt a dangerous exorcism.

From left to right: actors Mel Novak and Scott Butler, writer-director -producer Rich Mallery, actresses Vida Ghaffari (seated), and Kristine DeBell. Photo courtesy of Guillermo Proano/PR Photos

“There has been a resurgence of exorcism/possession-type movies, so it’s a little challenging to give audiences something they haven’t seen before. But we have a few tricks up our sleeve that are going to make HOLY TERROR stand apart from the crowd. Plus, we’re going for a real late-’70s/early-’80s feel. Films like THE CHANGELING, THE AMITYVILLE HORROR and of course the original EXORCIST are huge influences on this project,” said Mallery.

Actress Nicole Olson. Photo courtesy of Cineridge Entertainment

“I’m really excited to be partnering with Gregory Hatanaka again; this is the fourth film we’ve worked on together,” Mallery continues. “It’s a little strange this time around, since usually he’s directing and I’m the writer/AD, and this time I’m directing and he’s the DP, but we’re totally in sync when it comes to the vision, so we’re like a well-oiled machine. We’ve brought back a lot of the cast of SAMURAI COP 2—Jesse Hlubik, Lisa London, Mel Novak, Kristine DeBell and Nicole Olson—and although this is a completely different type of film, it’s great to have a lot of familiar faces who are used to the way Gregory and I work. We’re both slightly insane, so it’s amazing to be surrounded by people who support our vision.”

“As Rich and I are both rabid fans of 70s AIP and New World horror pics,” Hatanaka adds, “it was only a matter of time before we teamed up to do a film in that tradition. HOLY TERROR works on deep psychological levels, and has an otherworldly, TWILIGHT ZONE-ish kind of feel.”

Holy Terror will be premiering this April on Amazon Prime.

More info at:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5924114/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2

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Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

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Casablanca Moroccan Style White Party By AMS Exclusive Luxury Events

 Here’s looking at you kid…I had a great time at the Casablanca Moroccan Style Launch Party of AMS Exclusive Luxury Events hosted by Alin Queen and Mark Sevier at a private estate. Sponsors for the event were Restoration 911, Kookoo Liqueur, and Patron Tequila. Alin Queen is also a noted chef and she prepared a very tasty and authentic Moroccan style dinner with 15 appetizers, 4 main courses, bread made from scratch, and amazing desserts! The hummus was the best I’ve ever had hands down…well maybe it’s a tie between Chef Alin and my mom. And Mark was a great host as well. 


There were also belly dancers, hookahs and live entertainment. All in all, it was a great event with amazing hosts and a wide variety of entertainment options and hookah of course! 
Photos courtesy of Mark Sevier
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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