La Jolla International Fashion Film Fest

The 12th annual La Jolla International Fashion Film Fest was held at The Lot in La Jolla, California on July 23rd and 24th, 2021.
With designers, models, filmmakers and more the red carpet was festive and colorful, followed by screenings of the top films and awards presented to the artists making them possible.




Several performances by music artists and dance innovators took place on the red carpet itself between guest arrivals as attendees sipped their favorite libations on a warm day by the ocean. Local and worldwide media covered this festive annual event and needless to say, a great time was had by all. Exposing the world to films, design and imagination in the realm of fashion is at the core of this event and La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival shines a bright spotlight on just that.

Tale of Tails WINS Indie Gathering award FOR Best Tv Pilot!

As the festival run is starting to wrap up for the TV Series “Tale of Tails,” the producers get their biggest award yet with a Big Win at the 26th Annual Indie Gathering in Cleveland, Ohio. After over two dozen awards and even more nominations the producing core (Harley Wallen, Steve Kopera, Tevis Marcum, and Kaiti Wallen) head to Cleveland to enjoy the festivities and celebrate.


Tale of Tails stars Harley Wallen (Eternal Code) who also directed the series, Tevis Marcum (Stone) who wrote the original outline of the show, Kaiti Wallen (Agramon’s Gate) who also doubled up as the main producer).


Other main cast includes Grover McCants (Solomon), Jerry Hayes (Betrayed), Jessika Johnson (Playboy After Dark), Jovie Lyn (Cemetery Stories) Jimmie Chiappelli (Ring of Fire) , Brett Stanfield (Detroiters) and Dominique Alexander (Black Petunia).

With notable guest stars Richard Tyson (Kindergarten Cop), Yan Birch (The People Under the Stairs), Blanca Blanco (Betrayed), Michael Emery (Blue Bloods) and Jesi Jensen (Abstruse).

With a successful release to Tubi in late June and foreign rights starting to get signed and the time to take it all in. “It’s been an incredible run and this series that many said might be to spicy has somehow become a festival darling!” Said Wallen. “I felt we had something very special when we were making it and it’s been really rewarding to see how well it’s been received by the festival community!”


We heard a lot of rumors about a Season 2 in the works, any truth to that? “It’s a bit early to know that for sure but I can’t deny we have started working on an outline.” Said Wallen “I think the audience will ultimately dictate the future but we see great signs so far!”


Short Synopsis: Tails is not a white-collar gentlemen’s club. It’s a borderline-legal bar with topless dancers and a back room where anything goes for the right price. Nick, the owner, keeps Tails afloat by taking advantage of the desperate women who dance for money and the desperate men who pay for female attention. When a dead body shows up in the bathroom, Nick’s control begins to unravel. Hunted by an ambitious, relentless cop, Nick’s enemies begin to surround him. He must decide how many friends to sacrifice in order to save himself.

“Tale of Tails” is now available from Homestead Entertainment and it’s exclusively on Tubi.

Trailer:

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Realm of Shadows HAS A MUCH ANTICIPATED NEW TEASER TRAILER

There is a new teaser trailer for the much anticipated Realm of Shadows starring horror legend Tony Todd (Candyman and Final Destination franchises), Jimmy Drain (Fate Upside Down, The Initiation opposite Emmy nominee Naomi Grossman) and Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project, Eternal Code opposite Scout Taylor-Compton). This much anticipated film is a world of mystery, possession and shadows in an anthology of short horror themed tales woven into a full length feature presentation. Even the most shocking stories are based on true events.

Todd plays Fr. Dudley, a long time Catholic priest, dedicated to his profession. Fr. Dudley must watch out for his close friend Robby Duray, played by Drain, during a testing time in Robby’s life. He also takes on the volatile task of taming Robby’s diabolic alter ego, and steering him away from the snares of Satan.

Now joining the cast is legendary cinema villain Vernon Wells (Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Commando) as ruthless warlord “Cypress” and the details of his character are still mysterious but he takes on Bishop Lucian portrayed by cinema legend Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Eye for an Eye) in a spiritual war for the ages.

Also rounding out the cast are rising stars Michael S. Rodriguez, Erika Monet Butters, CJ Dunning, Lauren Mayhew, Gregg Stone, Caustic Scifidelic, Brittany Murata and Ashe Medina. 

Production is now wrapped and in post production duration looking at a late August 2021 premiere timeline by ThunderKnight Entertainment LTD in Denver, Colorado. 

Drain and Robert Beiber wrote the screenplay. Drain is the film’s director. 

“We are excited for the debut of the horror film series Realm of Shadows, and for the audience to experience Tony Todd’s tour de force performance as Catholic priest Fr. Dudley. A character that continues on in the upcoming controversial Dead Rose film trilogy!,” said Drain.

Trailer:

IMDB Link:

www.imdb.com/title/tt10619392/

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The New Experience Rocks Seven Grand 2021

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Los Angeles, CA — Wednesday, July 7th, 2021 — The New Experience made an appearance at the downtown LA hotspot ~ Seven Grand this last Thursday night on July 1st. The New Experience is a crowd pleaser at the Seven Grand and Thursday night was no exception. 

The Seven Grand in downtown Los Angeles

Franklin Vanderbilt III plays drums for the New Experience. Frankie was on fire laying down the beat of downtown LA. Ed Roth plays keyboards and organ. Ed has a heavy jazz influence on the New Experience. Ed has played with many legends over the years.

The band was tight and the crowd was digging the music. Brandino played an amazing evening of blues, rock and jazz on the bass. On guitar for the New Experience is the amazing Robby Krieger from the Doors. Robby seemed relaxed and played a great two sets of music.

The ladies were literally lining up to see Ed Roth. Photo by Dustin Brown

The New Experience really seems to be gaining from their time together as a band. It was a great night of music. The Hollywood Press Corps had Ellen Zuckerman and Jay Ross shooting photos at the event. All photos are by Ellen Zuckerman unless indicated.

Photos by Jay Ross

Downtown Los Angeles residents couldn’t wait to get out and see live music after being locked down for 16 months due to the pandemic. Seven Grand is a super cool whiskey bar in downtown LA that has a space for shooting pool and live music. The NEW experience got in a few of the classics like Booker T and the MG’s Green Onions and the jazz standard ~ Valdez.

Frankie and Brandino layed down a nice groove and Robby Krieger was playing so nice. The late night downtown crowd had a great time and really enjoyed the band. We really look forward to the next concert from the new Experience. Stayed tuned to the Hollywood Press Corps for future concerts!

A rare appearance by legendary sound engineer Big Mike who is seen here setting up the audio for the New Experience. Mike was a friend of Roy Orbison’s and recorded the Traveling Wilburys, Paul McCartney and many more. Photo by Dustin Brown

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GUARDaHEART Foundation Presents Unmasked Heart Disease Featuring DIABETESpredict.

GUARDaHEART Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to fighting heart disease with the mission: “LEARN. DETECT. PREVENT.” GUARDaHEART works with strategic partners, healthcare providers, and other non-profit organizations to promote awareness through education and risk detection tools, to ultimately empower preventative action and reduce the risk of heart disease worldwide.

DIABETESPredict is an advanced genetic testing for the prevention of diabetes. DIABETESpredict is a laboratory test that provides a high-sensitivity and high-specificity evaluation of the genetic predisposition to develop diabetes.

PULS Cardiac Test is a simple, non-invasive blood test that predicts the likelihood of a patient having a heart attack within the next five years. It works by detecting the true leading cause of heart attacks: Unstable Cardiac Lesion Ruptures. PULS Cardiac Test Wins 2016 Diamond ABBY Award for Innovation in Healthcare.  Dr. Douglas H. Harrington is the inventor of the PULS Cardiac Test.  A complimentary PULS Cardiac Test was made available to any guest that wished to take the test at the event. 

Douglas S. Harrington, MD will speak about DIABETESpredict and PULS Cardiac Test. Dr. Harrington is the Chairman of the GUARDaHEART Foundation and a Fellow of the American Society of Preventive Cardiology and the American Society of Clinical Pathology. 

Estrella Harrington (Founder of GUARDaHEART Foundation), Dr. Douglas S. Harrington (Chairman of the GUARDaHEART Foundation, Fellow of the American Society of Preventive Cardiology), Braunwyn Windham-Burke (RHOC), Richard Nevels (Actor/ HBO’s Insecure), Jeremy Miller (Actor/ Growing Pains), Ryan James (Actor/ Amazon Prime’s The Underground Railroad), Deja Mattox, (Plays Savannah in Disney ‘Big Shot”), Dave Meadows (Military Navy SEAL, Producer), Simon Lunche (Music Artist), CC Perkinson (Lifetime actress, NBC reality star, Professional Jockey), Nimi Adokiye (Actress, Bob Hearts Abishola), Annie Nelson (Author & Founder of American Soldier Network), Dusty Lang (Six Gun Sal, Southern Rock Band -Rhythm Guitarist), Matt Geinitz, (six Gun Sal, Southern Rock Band-Bassplayer), Juliet Ramos (Model), Neil D’Monte (Actor Storyboard Artist), Michelle Ware, D.0. (Board Certified Physician, Owner of Los Feliz MedSpa), Tom Hallick (Young & Restless), Jane Galloway, (Dr Jane Galloway Founder of T.R.I.B.E.), Anthony Pazos (WE tv’s L.A. Hair,) attended or were expected to attend.

The event took place at a private residence in Newport Beach with drinks, heart healthy food and entertainment provided. Snacking and drinking libations while overlooking the bay filled with yachts, all while supporting good health is an ideal way to spend a Saturday in Southern California.

A Night of Shopping, SEx and Rock N Roll

 “A Night of Shopping, Sex + Rock N’ Roll with billion dollar disruptor and founder of the media dubbed “female  viagra” Cindy Eckert and Celebrity Fashion Designer Nikki Lund”, in Dallas, Texas was a tremendous success! The evening included the release of Nikki Lund’s newest Destiny collection inside MKT Store hosted by Nikki Lund and Cindy Eckert CEO/ Founder of Pink Ceiling. The night began with celebrity arrivals who graced the pink carpet as they mingled with the media. Amanda Orso, The High- Low Hostess entertained the star studded group with her Covid themed signature cocktails, aperitifs, and exquisite decor. All celebrities and media were gifted  a custom swag bag created by The High-Low Hostess. To top it off all guests will had a chance to shop Nikki Lunds Collection first! Special thanks to our sponsors; Didiani Beauty,Floetic Beauty, Vitabrid C12, Luxie Beauty, Kelly’s Kreations Soy Candles, Frenchie Baulè Vodka, Zonin, Haywire, and Baloons WOW.
Thank you to all celebrity talent that attended:  Nikki Lund, Cindy Eckert, Taylor Tomasi, Erica Rose (The Bachelor, Below Deck), Amanda Orso (High-Low Hostess), Manny Fresco (Social Influencer), Kari Brittingham (RHOD), D’Andra Simmons (RHOD), Cindi Rose (Married to Medicine), Dr. Jessica Sheperd and many more. 
ABOUT NIKKI LUND:

Growing up in Los Angeles, Nikki Lund cultivated the three unique passions that would come to define her empowering life journey and multi-faceted career. She can trace her success as a world renowned fashion designer to those moments she spent learning to sew watching her mother and grandmother. As a songwriter and musical artist, she was inspired by her mom, who sang Italian opera, and her dad, a bass player. Her performances and popular recordings with her brother Trevin (including the rock band Secret Minds and her current dance/pop tracks) had their roots in having their sister shoot artsy music videos when they were kids. And when Nikki sold $10,000 worth of butterfly hair clips on a trip to NYC at age ten, she offered a preview of her incredible ongoing run as the visionary fashion entrepreneur behind the global brands Eccentric Symphony, White Trash Beautiful and Nikki Rich.  

For the creative hyphenate, Renaissance woman and cultural tastemaker, all of these previous accolades laid the foundation for breakthroughs on all fronts in 2016. Returning to her first love of making edgy, high octane music, Nikki (recording with Trevin on guitar) kicked her career as a pop/dance artist into high gear with the release of her powerhouse single “Love Overdose.” The track, co-written with Lauren Christy of seven time Grammy winning songwriting/production team The Matrix, reached #12 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart.

She brings that same passionate spirit to her new Nikki Lund signature clothing line. The 200 item collection incorporates elements of her previous three brands. Nikki believes there is something effortlessly cool about California style, and her goal is to bring some of that breeziness to women’s wardrobes. Doing a little research into what makes women crave the style of “beach babes,” she learned that it’s because they are surprisingly polished, though it never feels like they try too hard to create a great outfit.

“The Nikki Lund signature line has some of the edgy elements of White Trash Beautiful and Nikki Rich,” she says, “and goes back to the Eccentric Symphony styled loungewear that allows savvy women consumers of all ages to dress up and dress down with a rock and roll edge. I focused a lot of my favorite silhouettes from throughout my career that are great for mix and matching, including blouses, dresses and jackets. It’s functional clothing, washables and wearables that translate to day or night wear.” 

Emerging as a force in the industry after cutting her teeth in the NYC fashion world working runway shows as an intern for Jill Stuart and Anna Sui, Nikki has put on dozens of wildly successful runway shows for her various lines. She has been widely celebrated for her sophisticated, fashion forward ready-to-wear designs and custom creations for a host of   superstars, including Carrie Underwood, Kate Beckinsale, Robert Plant, Miley Cyrus, Nicole Scherzinger, Heather Locklear, Blake Shelton, Jon Bon Jovi, Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, Steven Tyler and Britney Spears.

“My new brand Nikki Lund represents the first time I had enough faith in myself to launch a brand completely by myself,” Nikki says of the line, which is completely manufactured in Los Angeles. “I have the most fun creating something from nothing and seeing how people respond to my ideas and designs. I’ve always been a rock and roll chick pushing the envelope. When people check out my clothing and my songs, I want them to know I’m an outside the box thinker, a genuine, down to earth artist who is committed to the fashion and music industries for the long haul. I also create contemporary paintings and am a passionate ambassador for the children’s charity Art of Elysium. I’m working towards a future of value and usefulness. I like helping people with my God given talents. I am a funnel and will keep giving back and exploring all the limitless possibilities. As long as I have breath in my lungs, I have a purpose to fulfill!” As seen in; The U.S. Sun, Entertainment Tonight, Hollywood Life, Vogue 

ABOUT THE PINK CEILING CEO CINDY ECKERT:

Self-made and stiletto strapping, Cindy has built two businesses from scratch and sold them for record setting returns. Her exits total more than $1.5B. See why Fortune called her “a tireless force of nature” and Entrepreneur Magazine put her on their cover of Women to Watch.

Cindy has been featured in…

Entrepreneur | Fortune | The New York Times

Vanity Fair | Inc. | The Tim Ferriss Show

Forbes | TEDx | MSNBC | Fast Company

Multi-Instrumentalist Brandino Returns!

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Los Angeles, CA — Monday, June 14th, 2021 — The Hollywood Press Corps recently caught up with Brandino. Brandino has been working on various projects for TV during the pandemic. Now that things are opening back up again, Brandino has several projects and concert dates that he’s ready to announce. The first big announcement is that the New Experience will be performing at the Seven Grand on July 1st. Brandino, Ed Roth, Franklin Vanderbilt and Robby Krieger are raring to go. This will be a fun show. We had a few questions for Brandino as he gets ready for the new gigs.

Hollywood Press Corps (HPC): July 1st at the Seven Grand 2021! The New Experience is back! Hello Brandino! What have you been up to for the last 16 month?

Brandino: The New Experience is back baby! The last time we played together was March 13th, 2020 at the Baked Potato. The amazing Ed Roth on keyboards, Franklin Vanderbilt on drums, Robby Krieger on guitar and of course Brandino on bass! I’ve been busy writing music for TV. I was in the music studio with Tyrone Griffin Sr., Ty Dolla Sign’s father, recording a new jazz track with a bebop feel. 

HPC: How has life been during the pandemic? 

Brandino: Life is good, but it’s like being in jail. I recently got a new puppy, Roscoe. He is enormous. Like a tree trunk. Me and Billie are getting used to him.

HPC: What have you done during the pandemic to improve yourself? 

Brandino: I am always playing and studying music. I bought a dobro at the start of the pandemic. That’s a lap steel guitar that you play with a steel slide. I play dobro, lap steel, 6 string acoustic guitar, electric bass and seven string bass. I also play 5 string concert bass, and 5 string cello. 

Here’s a link to Brandino Sound Box. This Grammy awarded project has been remastered.

Personnel on Sound Box is as follows: Andy Laham piano, Oscar Seaton drums, Brandino upright bass, Michael O’neill guitar, Mike Thompson guitar, Keith Fiddmont saxophone, Kamasi Washington tenor sax, Rodney Taylor on sax. 

The Hollywood Press Corps looks forward to the next update from the New Experience and Brandino.

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FIRST Annual “Ride for the rite”

May 29th ushered in a resurgence on Memorial Day weekend, a resurgence of freedom, support for veterans and music for all. Held at the Scottish Rite Cultural Center in Long Beach, performances by Scott Gronsky, Kimberly Dawn and headlines by Southern Rock band Six Gun Sal helped raise much needed funds for homeless and disabled veterans.
Among the many sponsors included Hint Water, Double Cross Vodka and promoted by Kelly K Public Relations. Guests included Tito Ortiz, Amber Nichole Miller, Pam and Morris Chestnut, as well as a large host of others, all enjoying the beverages and food in the VIP room while celebrating the freedoms we enjoy as a result of our brave men and women of the military.
No masks were required and after a year and a half of restrictions, I can only say the freedom of exposing our smiling faces was refreshing but pales in comparison to the freedoms our veterans fought and still fight for.

New Music Video BLACK CITY NIGHTS Is Released by ALWAYS YOU

“Black City Nights” is the first release from the upcoming Always You “Bloom Off the Rose” LP, which will arrive on July 16, 2021, through record labels Shelflife and Discos de Kirlian.

Always You

The glamorous music video “Black City Nights” from Always You is directed by Nathan Castiel. It is produced by Jerry Paper, mixed by Kenny Gilmore, and mastered by Josh Bonati. Nathan Castiel is an American filmmaker of Mexican and Moroccan-Israeli descent, and is a graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Jerry Paper is an American songwriter and producer who has been releasing music since 2009. Dawna Lee Heising and Jerry Paper are featured in the music video. The superstar sax solo is by Marta Tiesenga. Hair is styled by Allison DeMoss.

Actress Dawna Lee Heising strikes a pose

Formerly known as Ablebody, Anton and Christoph Hochheim now perform under the name Always You. Christoph says the video is about “loneliness and what people do to escape it, as well as the hopefulness that keeps us pushing through.”

Pre-order the digital/vinyl “Bloom Off the Rose” here:
https://alwaysyou.bandcamp.com/album/bloom-off-the-rose

See the music video “Black City Nights”, directed by Nathan Castiel, at:
https://youtu.be/DMFQzhWUA6E

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New Trailer for Shoot from the Hip 3: rage of the phantom

The new trailer for Shoot From the Hip 3: Rage Of the Phantom is out!

Here’s what the show is about…Welcome detective Marvin Smith.  The one and only “Swivel” Hips Smith.

Although new on the force, Detective Smith was hand picked by the archdiocese of Strand City to help police authorities and specifically detective ‘Juice’ Jones take down nefarious cartel leader “MUG LUSTER” and his mysterious boss ‘MR. FELIX’ (genre star Mel Novak from Bruce Lee’s Game of Game of Death, and Eye for an Eye opposite Chuck Norris).  Even though Jones is simple minded, he seems to have an uncanny knack for action, kung fu and saving the girl!

Smith, Jones and feisty new partner detective Dixie Reynolds (Natasha Coppola-Shalom, Nicholas Cage’s niece, member of the legendary Coppola Family), embark on a mission of mercy to save Strand city, and possibly the world in each and every threat that they face, including the mysterious and powerful vigilante “The Phantom”. Can this cop caper trio defeat Mr. Felix and his hoard, or will the infamous “Phantom” beat them to the punch in helping the helpless, defending the defenseless and to defeating the defeatless.

 After Jessica is abducted by a new evil force, detective Smith and Jones go on a dangerous mission to find her, only to uncover the underground “Shadow Palm” cult has abducted her and many other beautiful women.

Here’s the trailer:

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