Grammy Nominee Chris Bennett and Jazz Giant Bill Marx have released an incredible new album entitled “Something Wonderful” which is now available worldwide. Download your copy today.
Grammy Nominee Chris Bennett got her professional start as a dancer and backup singer, playing Las Vegas and touring internationally behind Jim Nabors and Dean Martin. In Munich, Germany, Bennett met four-time Grammy winner, composer/producer Giorgio Moroder, the producer of Donna Summer, who is dubbed “The Father Of Disco,” and was invited to join his emerging disco group Munich Machine. He chose Bennett to be the lead vocalist for their sophomore album that would contain a dance version of the Procol Harum rock classic, A Whiter Shade Of Pale. Bennett not only recorded the entire album, she also posed for the groundbreaking cover art. Bennett’s runway model’s body and movie star looks caused an international sensation, and made for one of the highest charting and highest grossing disco albums of 1978. Bennett worked with Moroder on several additional projects, including co-writing and singing the theme song to Midnight Express, Moroder’s bestselling soundtrack, which earned her a Grammy Nomination.
Bennett has appeared behind some of the biggest performers in music history, including backing disco diva Donna Summer on several of her biggest hits, including “MacArthur Park” and “Heaven Knows,” as well as working with Johnny Mathis and Rita Coolidge. As a songwriter, Bennett’s songs have been recorded by artists such as Tina Turner, The Manhattan Transfer, The Three Degrees, and Keb Mo.
Bennett is celebrating the release of her 12th album, “Something Wonderful” with just piano and voice, accompanied by jazz giant Bill Marx on the piano. A musical prodigy, Bill Marx is the heir to Hollywood royalty as the eldest son of Harpo Marx, and nephew of Groucho Marx of the legendary comedy family the “Marx Brothers”. Bill Marx is the musician who arranged his father’s most famous repertoire for the harp. “Something Wonderful” is an amazing “time- traveling” adventure with Chris Bennett through the Great American Songbook, with Marx as her guide.
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Artist Garyk Lee will be exhibiting his work at the Janssen Artspace ultra-hip group exhibition entitled “Permanent Vacation” during Modernism Preview Weekend in Palm Springs, California. Opening and Cocktail party Friday 10/19/2018 from 5pm-9pm.
Artist Garyk Lee will be exhibiting his work at the Janssen Artspace ultra-hip group exhibition entitled “Permanent Vacation” during Modernism Preview Weekend in Palm Springs, California. The Modernism Art Opening and Cocktail Party will be taking place on Friday October 19th, 2018 from 5pm-9pm. Artwork will be on view from October 18th thru October 21st.
Garyk Lee is a world renowned creator, artist, fashion designer and is set to release his new television show Garyk Lee Style TV in November of this year. His work has been praised by some of the biggest names in the business including Mr. Blackwell, International Fashion Critic and designer Albert Nipon. He created a fashion theater style runway show in honor of Christopher Reeve, where the new name “The Christopher Reeve Foundation” was launched. Dinner chairs for this amazing event included Steven Spielberg, Albert and Pearl Nipon, and Sherry Lansing, CEO of Paramount Studios. For two years in a row he designed the Daytime Emmy Award gala gown for Palm Spring’s own Judith Chapman, star of “The Young and the Restless.”
Garyk continues his Art through commissioned fashion, product design, paintings and murals, including works in the Rancho Las Palmas Marriott Resort as well as historic, “Kim’s Corner Marketplace” in Venice Beach California.
Watch the new trailer for Garyk Lee Style TV coming late November 2018:
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Los Angeles, CA — Saturday, September 29th, 2018 — Dita Von Teese celebrates her birthday with an intimate star studded themed birthday at the private residence of Jonas Tahlin, CEO of Absolut Elyx. Themed the “Fun’dos and Fondue” birthday party, guests wore a stunning array of wigs, hairpieces and outfits for the glamorous party. Dita arrived in a Marie Antoinette inspired outfit with a towering white wig and jeweled bodice. Adding to the glamor was the Elyx Salon, with brightly colored wigs, glitter and make up for guests to get touch ups and extra glammed!
Aaron Paul enjoyed the Elyx salon and playfully wore a white cropped wig and then kept it on for the rest of the night. He was there with his wife and had fun posing for photos with his close friend the birthday girl Dita. Close to midnight, a five-tiered birthday cake was delivered to the Gatsby Room of the Elyx house and guests gathered to sing happy birthday to Dita.
Throughout the night, guests enjoyed specialty themed cocktails including the Filthy Dirty Martini, the Iced Jasmine Teese, the Tight Lacer and the Cherry on Top, all suitably inspired by Dita’s long running reign as the international Queen of Burlesque.
Earlier this year, Absolut Elyx announced a partnership with the fashion and burlesque icon for the ‘Dita Von Teese and the Copper Coupe’ show, her new national and international tour. The new show now features many glittering new copper elements throughout the all inspired by Absolut Elyx and the unique copper distilling process for the luxury vodka. New copper infused acts include the Dita appearing in a giant-sized copper seashell on stage with 1,200 pearl balloons that float from the sky and the grand finale featured the new ‘Copper Coupe,’ part of Dita’s stunning signature cocktail glass act.
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — On Wednesday Sept 26th, Betrayed had its’ world premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatres 6 in 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028. This much anticipated action crime thriller from multi award-winning actor and filmmaker Harley Wallen, “Betrayed,” stars Richard Tyson, John Savage, Billy Wirth, TJ Storm, Yan Birch, Kaiti Wallen, Nick Sarelli, Calhoun Koenig, Angelina Danielle Cama and Blanca Blanco.
Numerous celebrities and VIPs were in attendance such as filmmaker/actor Harley Wallen (Bennett’s Song), Richard Tyson (Kindergarten Cop), Billy Wirth (The Lost Boys), TJ Storm (Punisher: War Zone), Kaiti Wallen (Into A Dark Mind), Yan Birch (The People Under the Stairs), Nick Sarelli (Moving Parts), Calhoun Koenig (Bennett’s Song) and Angelina Danielle Cama (Moving Parts). Other celebrities in attendance were Jake Busey (The Predator), Scout Taylor-Compton (Rob Zombie’s Halloween 1 and 2), Tara Reid (American Pie), Dennis Haskins (Saved By the Bell), Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death), Sean Whalen (Twister), Emmy awarding Producer Kelly Parker (Game Girls), Athena Bass (Ex-Wives of Rock), Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project), Sadie Katz (Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort), Jimmy Star and Ron Russell (The Jimmy Star Show with Ron Russell), celebrity couture designers Mathilde Badji and Michael Ferrera as well as celebrity hair and makeup artists Bruna Nogueira (Founder of Hollywood Makeup Lab) and Alma Cedillo. The sponsors of the event were ROAK Brewery, Cabresto Tequila, Oochie Wear, Painted Creek Productions and Vision Films.
This action crime thriller deals with the gritty world of human trafficking. In an effort to control the city, the Mayor Don Alderman (John Savage, The Thin Red Line) lets the Russian mob into his city. After the Russians don’t follow his rules, he opens the city to the cartel to push them out. When the Russians find out, Mikhail (Harley Wallen, Bennett’s Song), the head of the Russian mafia, kidnap’s the Mayor’s daughter (Kaiti Wallen, Into A Dark Mind) and then the real games begin. Caught in the middle of an escalating crisis, Mayor Alderman hires Mike Wolf (Billy Wirth, The Lost Boys) and Alpha (TJ Storm, Punisher Warzone) to rescue his daughter before the cunning Mr. Stone (Richard Tyson, Black Hawk Down) puts her on the market to be trafficked.
“With three beautiful daughters and a stunning wife, the subject of trafficking is something that it’s on my mind more than I’d like to admit. I wrote this script with the hopes of scaring people a bit into action after my church really brought this to the forefront. I feel we often think these things happen far away and the victims and perpetrators are somewhat faceless. I think in Betrayed we bring these issues to your doorstep. We had some absolutely amazing and electric performances and I am super proud of my cast and crew for this, it took some blood, sweat and tears to get this made but it was worth it!”, said director Wallen.
Wallen has been awarded by numerous prestigious film festivals such as the Castel Award at the Barcelona International Film Festival, Amsterdam Film Festival, London Film Awards and the Mexico International Film Festival.
Lise Romanoff, Managing Director/ CEO of Vision Films says, “Betrayed is an entertaining film about blackmail, corruption and greed taking place at the government level. I believe it is necessary for the public to get a glimpse into this dark facet of our society in order to invoke change.”
Betrayed will be released on Blu Ray and DVD and VOD by Vision Films through its distribution deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on October 2, 2018.
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(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Thousand Oaks, CA — Sunday, September 23, 2018 — The Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre, led by Founding Artistic Director Natasha Middleton, presented the full-length ballet, “CARMEN,” set to the music on Georges Bizet’s opera of the same name. This performance kicks off the 17th anniversary for Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre.
The performance on Sunday at the Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza was sold out. So many people who love dance came to experience a full length ballet. The lifts and poses of the dance troupe were smooth and graceful. The men seemed to toss the ballerinas into the air with ease. The recorded sound track by Rodion Shehedrin sounded great with all of Bizet’s iconic melodies played and timed perfectly.
Elen Harutyunyan relished in the part as Carmen. She has the beautiful body of a professional ballerina and the ability to convey the story through dance. Her performance was vibrant as she tempted and seduced the many men in Carmen’s life. Her professional level of dance was obvious and Natasha Middleton’s choreography worked well with Elen’s dance style. Grigori Arakelyan played the love smitten Don Jose. Grigori did such a good job and was graceful in his moves. Preston Swovelin was the dashing Toreador Escamillo.
Costume designer, Ann Lindsey, did such a great job on all of the costumes. I really thought the Toreador’s costumes were just amazing. Damara Titmus played the ever faithful Micaela. Alexander Fost played the gypsy Remendado. There were, of course, many gypsies and they add a mysterious element to the production. Ricardo Jony did a great job as Zuniga, Lieutenant of the Dragoons. Again, this costume was just stunning. Part military uniform, part dance outfit. The epaulettes on Zuniga’s costume sparkled and were iconic from the back row.
Members of the Corps de Ballet included Alejandro Flores as Dancaire, a gypsy smuggler, Marianna Udovchenko as a lead gypsy, Patrick Fitzsimmons as a Gypsy Bandit, Shelby Freeman as a Gypsy and Cigar Factory worker, Megan Van Deren as a lead gypsy, Chloe Verkinder as a Gypsy Factory Worker and Bridie Connors as a Gypsy and Cigar Factory Worker.
I was really impressed with Rodion Shehdrin’s musical score. It sounded great on the sound system at the Scherr Forum Theatre. Georges Bizet’s sweeping musical score from his opera, Carmen, sounded well balanced and full of drama. I immediately recognized the melodies from the Habanera, the Seguidilla, and the Toreador Song.
Carmen is the story of a wild gypsy girl who lives in Seville, Spain. It is a “hooker with a heart of gold” story that’s been told over and over since Bizet created it in 1875. Carmen lives for sensuality and passion. She gets into a fight with a coworker while they are at work making cigars. Don Jose shows up to arrest her but is easily seduced by Carmen. Don Jose gets locked up for a month for letting her go. When he gets out of jail, he finds that Carmen has hooked up with Lieutenant Zuniga.
There’s an epic fight over Carmen. Don Jose leaves his childhood sweetheart, Micaela and joins up with Carmen’s gypsy gang which includes Frasquita and Mercedes. Carmen has a gypsy fortune teller giver her a reading. The news is bad. The fortune tellers predict Carmen’s demise. Carmen loses interest in Don Jose and hooks up with a Matador in Seville named Escamillo. Don Jose is hopelessly in love with Carmen and goes to Seville to confront Escamillo. The costumes were just stunning as the full ballet really made a full court press and pulled out all the stops. Natasha Middleton’s choreography was just amazing. They utilized the theatre space well. In the end, Carmen refuses to go back with Don Jose. Don Jose stabs Carmen to death with a dagger. He is then dumbfounded by what he did, but alas, Carmen has met her demise.
This was such a great night for regional dance theatre. It’s such a treat to watch the dancing, the costumes and the music. We look forward to covering more events from the Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre.
The Lucky Strikes Films Studio proudly presents their second annual Lucky Strikes Films Festival, which will take place on Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts. Multi talented and acclaimed filmmaker Romane Simone is the founder of this esteemed film festival.
Celebrities in attendance are Grammy winning Singer-Songwriter Eric Bellinger, Emmy winning actress Judi Evans (Days of Our Lives), actor Sean Faris star (Pretty Little Liars, Sleepover, Never Back Down,I am not for sale: The Fight to End Human Trafficking), Mel Novak (star of Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, an Eye for an Eye opposite Chuck Norris and Steve McQueen: American Icon opposite Mel Gibson), Noel Gugliemi (Training Day, Bruce Almighty, Fast and Furious), actor and filmmaker Harley Wallen (Bennett’s Song), actress Kaiti Wallen (Into A Dark Mind) filmmaker Dustin Ferguson (Nemesis 5: The New Model), actress Dawna Lee Heising (Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance), actress Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project), TV personality Raquel Lee (BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood), rap artist C-TRU, musicians Jeff Chery (VH1’s Signed) and Yung (famously known for the hit song “Teach me how to Dougie”), noted entertainment attorney Nadia Davari and many more.
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On Wednesday Sept 26th, Betrayed will have its world premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatres 6 in 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028.
This much anticipated action crime thriller from multi award-winning actor and filmmaker Harley Wallen, “Betrayed,” has a wonderful ensemble cast consisting of Richard Tyson, John Savage, Billy Wirth, TJ Storm, Yan Birch, Kaiti Wallen, Calhoun Koenig, Angelina Danielle Cama and Blanca Blanco.
Numerous celebrities and VIPs are expected at this event such as filmmaker/actor Harley Wallen (Bennett’s Song), Richard Tyson (Kindergarten Cop), John Savage (The Thin Red Line), Billy Wirth (The Lost Boys), TJ Storm (Punisher: War Zone), Kaiti Wallen (Into A Dark Mind), Yan Birch (The People Under the Stairs), Calhoun Koenig (Bennett’s Song), Angelina Danielle Cama (Moving Parts) and Blanca Blanco (Fake News). Other celebrities expected are Jake Busey (The Predator), Scout Taylor-Compton (Rob Zombie’s Halloween 1 and 2), Tom Berenger (Platoon), Billy Zane (Titantic), Tara Reid (American Pie), Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story), Aki Aleong (Babylon 5), Dave Sheridan (Scary Movie), Hank Garrett (Three Days of the Condor), Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death), Dawna Lee Heising (Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance), Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project), Jimmy Star and Ron Russell (The Jimmy Star Show with Ron Russell), Erika Hoveland (Before I Wake) and Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp).
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(BURBANK) September 19, 2018 – Kevin “Brandino” Brandon celebrated his 64th birthday and recovery at Tallyrands Diner in Burbank. Brandino has been working hard in physical therapy at Kaiser Permenanente. A few of the staff members from Kaiser were at the party to sing happy birthday and otherwise chat with friends, neighbors and other people close to Brandino. This last year was tough on Brandino and he had a major health scare that saw him hospitalized. He’s been working hard and was happy to have his friends and family around him during his birthday. Brandino donned a doctors coat and proclaimed himelf “Dr. Brandino” after learning so much from Kaiser. Brandino’s sister, Cheryle, was the host for the evening. She was reminicing about her high school days when Brandino, Doug Jr., and Cheryle were all in a family band together back in 1969. She told me about the time that Doug had the idea to drive to Colordao to play a gig once. It took Doug and Brandino 20 hours to drive to Colorado while Cheryle flew in. She said the gig was fine, but that Doug and Brandino were singing the blues when they had to drive back to Los Angeles after the gig. Cheryle said it was the last and only time they played a gig in Colorado.
A member from the Los Angeles Fedration of Musicians Local #47 was on hand and many people insisted their union dues were paid up. Iconic LA jazz singer Janis Mann was posing for Instagram photos and being herself. Janis can be seen performing at the Write Off Room, Catalinas and the A Frame.
Freelance profesional bass player Leslie Baker (Dave Mathews Band) was enjoying the menu at Tallyrands and chatting with Brandino. Bassist and composer, Edwin Livingston, who is a close freind to Brandino was hanging out with many of the jazz musicians who came to celebrate Brandino’s birthday. Drummer and nephew to Miles Davis, Vince Wilburn Jr, was talking to Brandino about appearing on his radio show for KPFK (90.7FM) called “Evolution of the Groove.” Musician, producer and songwriter Wayne Leslie was happy to see Brandino make his speech. Wayne is the former keyboard player for the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. There were many more friends, family and neighbors in attendance. The Hollywood Press Corps had the talented photographer Sanaz Danesh at the event.
Brandino is a Grammy winning producer, composer, arranger, and bassist. He also plays jazz flute. Brandino has created music for many TV shows. Brandino created a tune called “Singularity,” which was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Album of the Year in 2011. Brandino recorded this with Robby Krieger of the Doors. Brandino has worked with Aretha Franklin, Ty Dolla $ign, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Bootsy Collins, Justin Timberlake and Mary J Blige. Brandino is known as a hard worker, a teacher and a living legend. Check out the link to Brandino’s website to read his incredible story;
Award-winning filmmaker Dustin Ferguson, aka “Dirty D” is at it again! He has just released the second music video from his “Hollywood Rock” EP with German Hip Hop-Electro Artist E-Rocker, titled “Midnight Dancer”.
This much anticipated video was directed and edited by music video filmmaker Brainztem, famous for his visual work with rising Hip Hop artist Cuban Doll, most notably on the clips “Bankrupt”, “Down To Ride” (featuring NyNy) and “Made It Now”. Fresh off the set of directing his most recent video for “Shake Sum”, director Brainztem teamed up with Dirty-D for his new video, which was filmed in Huntington Beach, California.
The clip features “Dirty D” dressed in different “old skool”-inspired outfits, rapping his lyrics in a variety of locations, including a limousine, a luxurious duplex and a secluded park with break dancer “Jason Sensation”. The video features several notable cameos, including Carrie Annie Bernans of “Black Panther” fame, Dawna Lee Heising from “Revenge of the Samurai Cop” with Tommy Wiseau, Freddy James, who is a staple in the recent films of prolific B-movie director Jim Wynorski (“Chopping Mall”), Hollywood stunt-driver Ryan Rasberry of “Los Angeles Lifers” and actor and martial arts black belt Esau McKnight of “Spy Hard”.
The “Hollywood Rock” EP is available to stream on Bandcamp, as well as through iTunes and Spotify. Dirty D’s follow-up “mixtape” titled “All It’s Missing Is My Name” is currently available for FREE on Soundcloud. I really enjoyed the catchy beats and the retro inspired theme. Dirty D and his entourage know how to party!
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 — Pitchoun! held a successful grand opening of its second location at the Beverly Center last week in Los Angeles.Located at the world famous Beverly Center this event celebrity influncers and actors from sdsdf silver screen and the internet. Guests walked the red carpet at the Pitchoun Bakery Grand Opening including actress Celeste Thorson (How I Met Your Mother, Jimmy Kidddmmel Live!, The Exes), film producer Michael Gruskoff (Young Frankenstein, Prelude to a Kiss), YouTube star Matthieu Lange, actress, and influencer Elisakh Hagia, and TV reality stars Sebastien and Bryan Dubois among many others.
Drinks & mini bites were served as well as an opportunity to win a private lesson with Pitchoun’s pastry chef, breakfast delivery, a fine gourmet gift basket with a Boiron Basket of Health, and a Caudalie express facial. All proceeds from the tickets benefited the Pediatrics Department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The ribbon-cutting took place at 3 pm, with representatives of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce; Mrs. Genevieve Morrill, Chamber President and CEO; Mrs. Tracy Paaso, Chamber Director of Membership and Events; Mr. Keith Kaplan, Board Chair; Mr. Ralph Barnes, Board Member and General Manager of the Beverly Center; and Mrs. Lauren Goldstein, Chamber Office Manager. Sponsors icluded: Sünder, Boiron, Zadig & Voltaire, Diptyque, Evian, Ba&sh, Caudalie, and Mod’s Hair.
Pitchoun! Bakery is a family-owned business run by husband-and-wife team Frédéric and Fabienne Souliès, Pitchoun! (which means “kiddo” in French) is the result of the couple’s deep passion and history for bread and baking.
Having grown up in his grandfather’s bakery, Frédéric comes from a long line of French bakers and farmers. Fabienne inherited her knowledge of Mediterranean cuisine with an Italian twist from her parents. Backed by a supporting cast of experienced French chefs, Pitchoun! deftly brings French savoir-faire and culinary techniques to California.