STAN LEE’S LEGACY HONORED AT THE ACADEMY AWARDS WITH IN MEMORIAM TRIBUTE TELEVISED TO 30 MILLION WORLDWIDE

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (February 27, 2019) – Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment, the multimedia company founded in 2001 by the iconic comic book creator Stan Lee with his friend and business partner Gill Champion, is proud to celebrate the monumental events of this year’s Academy Awards, which not only honored the company’s beloved founder on screen, but also some of the biggest wins of the year went to movies based on Stan Lee’s original characters.

On Sunday February 24th, Hollywood’s biggest stars and film elite came out to celebrate the 91st Academy Awards, known as the Oscars, and it was already a record-breaking moment for the comic book industry as it was the first year that a film based on comic book characters have been nominated for the “Best Picture” category. The night went on to mark the history books yet again when two films, “Black Panther” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” based on characters Stan Lee co-created, went on to win multiple Oscars.

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” took home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, while “Black Panther” won three awards for Best Original Score, Production Design, and Costume Design.

Throughout the award season and multiple award shows both of the films have been praised universally by critics and audiences alike for their unique storytelling and their ability to push boundaries in society today. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” dazzled audiences as an animated film while the critically acclaimed “Black Panther” broke box office records and was universally recognized for being a mostly-black ensemble cast.

“Sunday night was a monumental, emotional night and a testament to Stan’s inspiring legacy,” says Scott D. Williams, CEO of Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment. “Millions of people all around the world felt a connection to the relatable characters Stan Lee created and we are so proud to see his characters get this high recognition from the film industry. Although sadly Stan couldn’t be with us to share this moment, we know how elated and thrilled he would be and we plan to continue to celebrate his legacy and share his work, for many generations to come.”

During this year’s ceremony, televised to 30 million people worldwide, Stan Lee was also remembered in the “In Memoriam” tribute recap to all the legends and icons the world has lost in the past year. Despite being told to hold their applause, Oscar attendees inside the Hollywood Dolby Theatre clapped upon seeing Stan’s instantly recognizable image appear on the big screen as a nod to his incredible legacy, a body of work quite unlike anything ever before it.

Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment continues to operate under the guardianship of his business partner Gill Champion, who serves as the President, alongside company CEO Scott D. Williams. The company has been and will continue to be the guardian of Stan Lee’s legacy and is excited to roll out new projects and adventures Stan had been working on. This month alone, Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment announced two high profile partnerships with two large toy brands – Mego Corporation and Funko – to develop new toys based on Stan Lee intellectual property.

Dustin Brown

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Griot Gala and Its Toast to Diversity & Inclusion Oscars After Party 2019

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The House of Remy Martin Presents XO Opulent Toast to Diversity and Inclusion @ The Griot Gala Oscars After Party. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
The House of Remy Martin Presents XO Opulent Toast to Diversity and Inclusion @ The Griot Gala Oscars After Party. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
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Apple Dabs. The House of Remy Martin Presents XO Opulent Toast to Diversity and Inclusion @ The Griot Gala Oscars After Party. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
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Wesley Stromberg, Actor and Amber Frank, Actress. The House of Remy Martin Presents XO Opulent Toast to Diversity and Inclusion @ The Griot Gala Oscars After Party. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Wesley Stromberg, Actor and Amber Frank, Actress. The House of Remy Martin Presents XO Opulent Toast to Diversity and Inclusion @ The Griot Gala Oscars After Party. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
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The House of Remy Martin Presents XO Opulent Toast to Diversity and Inclusion @ The Griot Gala Oscars After Party. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
The House of Remy Martin Presents XO Opulent Toast to Diversity and Inclusion @ The Griot Gala Oscars After Party. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
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Miyavi, Musician. The House of Remy Martin Presents XO Opulent Toast to Diversity and Inclusion @ The Griot Gala Oscars After Party. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Young Miller, Music Artist, and Vermyttya Erahn, Actress. The House of Remy Martin Presents XO Opulent Toast to Diversity and Inclusion @ The Griot Gala Oscars After Party. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — FEBRUARY 24TH, 2019 — The 2nd annual Griot Gala Toast to Diversity & Inclusion After Party took place at The District by Hannah An. Six hundred guests gathered to honor and celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of today’s top entertainers, influencers and industry greats who represent today’s diversity, inclusion and the world becoming ONE. Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), a global nonprofit organization providing cutting-edge medicine, advocacy to over 1 million people in 43 countries and largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care in the U.S, served as the charity partner onboard.

The Griot Gala celebrates diversity and inclusion while recognizing outstanding achievement in the Arts and Entertainment Industry. The Griot honors women and people of color who exude a Spirit of Excellent and who are trailblazers in the Arts and Entertainment Industry. The Griot recognizes the need for diversity, inclusion, and equality for ALL people regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation. We are GRIOT.

Highlights from the evening incorporated Griot Gala co-founders Dionne Miller and Reid Johnson honoring Tony Award-winning and acclaimed veteran of film and television, Sheryl Lee Ralph with The Trailblazer Award. “Sheryl Lee Ralph is a trailblazer in the worlds of entertainment and activism. She represents the foundation of what the Griot Gala stands for and to honor her was a dream come true for her organization,” stated Miller.

The VIP Lounge featured “Opulence Revealed,” a multi-sensory and interactive tasting experience for exclusive celebrities and industry members. Guests sampled Rémy Martin’s XOsophisticated flavors paired with fragrant fruits such as grapes, pear, dried apricots, and figs; spices like cinnamon, dried saffron, and stem ginger; or earthy characters like walnuts, hazelnuts, cheese, and chocolates — where taste buds hung upon every note. Premium producer of non-toxic, essential oils, Young Living created an aromatherapy oasis of diffused oils that streamed throughout the air of the VIP lounge as well. Full body massage chairs further heightened the senses to promote relaxation for those trying to unwind from the excitement of the 91st Academy Awards. Opulence Lounge furnishings were provided by Vitality Furniture, committed to traditional and contemporary values that create quality relationships and classic environments.  Jamal Weathers, owner of Kush Boys, created the “Kush Boys LIT Lounge” with DAB bar and curated cannabis treats in the Oscars After Party Tent.

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The CAA Pre-Oscars Party with Absolut Elyx

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — FEBRUARY 22ND, 2019 — It was Pre Oscar party time Friday night with Absolut Elyx at the San Vicente Bungalow. Hollywood’s biggest stars and film elite turned out to celebrate the Academy Awards on Sunday.

Katy Perry and friend attend the CAA Pre-Oscar Party with Absolut Elyx on Friday, February 22, 2019 in at the San Vicente Bungalows in West Hollywood, California.
(Photo: Benjamin Shmikler/ABImages)
Willem Dafoe and Giada Colagrande attend the CAA Pre-Oscar Party with Absolut Elyx on Friday, February 22, 2019 in at the San Vicente Bungalows in West Hollywood, California.
(Photo: Benjamin Shmikler/ABImages)

Guests spotted at the event included Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Gerard Butler, Glenn Close, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mick Jagger, Mark Ronson, A$AP Rocky, Chris Evans, Eva Longoria, Oliver Stone, Roland Emmerich, Ted Sarandos, Ron Howard, Willem Dafoe, and more.

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Mark Ronson’s ‘Club Heartbreak’ Grammy Party with Absolut Elyx

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — FEBRUARY 10TH, 2019 — Sunday night at Oil Can Harry’s was the location of the hottest Grammy party in town. Pop superstars and music heavyweights gathering for industry icon Mark Ronson’s ‘Club Heartbreak’ Grammy Party with Absolut Elyx.

Lady Gaga attends Mark Ronson’s Club Heartbreak Grammy Party, sponsored by Absolut Elyx (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Absolut Elyx )
Mark Ronson and Lady Gaga attend Mark Ronson’s Club Heartbreak Grammy Party, sponsored by Absolut Elyx (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Absolut Elyx )

British producer, performer and songwriter, Ronson, has been one of the most talked-about artists this award season, having written and produced the soundtrack for critically-acclaimed motion picture A Star Is Born alongside Lady Gaga. Ronson was nominated for three Grammy awards – including Song Of The Year for ‘Shallow’ with Lady Gaga – and took home the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media. Ronson’s current single with multi-platinum-selling recording artist Miley Cyrus, ‘Nothing Breaks Like A Heart’, represents his third entry on the Billboard Hot 100 and was the inspiration behind the evening’s festivities.

Miranda Dickson (L) and Mark Ronson attend Mark’s Club Heartbreak Grammy Party, sponsored by Absolut Elyx (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Absolut Elyx )
Krista Reischl (L) and Dawn Miller attend Mark Ronson’s Club Heartbreak Grammy Party, sponsored by Absolut Elyx (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Absolut Elyx )

A VIP guestlist of industry elite sipped on specialty cocktails by Absolut Elyx, with names like Electricity, Silk City and Heartbreak Era, the latter being a bespoke recipe masterfully created with Absolut Elyx vodka, coconut, pineapple, ginger, lime and champagne by the expert team of Absolut Elyx mixologists. The first guests to arrive were pop sensations Katy Perry, who wore a gorgeous off-the-shoulder gown and swept back blonde do, and Charli XCX, wearing a leather dress complete with studded detailing. Troye Sivan pulled up to the entrance shortly after, wearing an oversized unbuttoned shirt.

Lady Gaga and Baz Luhrmann at Mark Ronson’s Club Heartbreak Grammy Party, sponsored by Absolut Elyx. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Absolut Elyx )
Questlove on the red carpet at Mark Ronson’s Club Heartbreak Grammy Party, sponsored by Absolut Elyx (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Absolut Elyx )

Around 11pm Lady Gaga made a typically grand entrance wearing a black bralette and hot pants with a striking bedazzled jacket draped over her shoulders. Longtime Ronson collaborator and fellow Brit Adele arrived moments before and was seen chatting with Gaga and Perry until the early hours of the morning.

Katy Perry attends Mark Ronson’s Club Heartbreak Grammy Party, sponsored by Absolut Elyx (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Absolut Elyx )
Charli XCX at Mark Ronson’s Club Heartbreak Grammy Party, sponsored by Absolut Elyx (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Absolut Elyx )
Troye Sivan attends Mark Ronson’s Club Heartbreak Grammy Party, sponsored by Absolut Elyx on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Absolut Elyx )

The evening came to a dizzying pinnacle of excitement around 11pm when the man of the hour, Ronson himself, jumped on the DJ decks to spin a mix of his famous tracks – both old and new – to a dancefloor alive with elated party guests. The set started with a remixed rendition of the hit track he helped write ‘Shallow’ – with Gaga dancing on stage beside him.

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New Promo Poster for Robowoman 2

SoCal Sinema Studios released their brand new promo poster for multi award-winning filmmaker Dustin Ferguson’s “RoboWoman 2.” Filming begins this fall with a talented ensemble cast consisting of Dawna Lee Heising, Brinke Stevens, Sue Price, HPC’s own Vida Ghaffari and Mel Novak as Dr. Michaels. The screenplay is by Mike Reeb, who also penned Robowoman.

Robowoman 2.0 Poster
Robowoman 2 poster
Dawna Lee Heising, Dustin Ferguson

This film is the highly anticipated sequel to Robowoman. The original “RoboWoman” follows Vivica Stevens (Dawna Lee Heising, “Blade Runner”, “Nemesis 5”, “Revenge of The Samurai Cop”) on her last night at a temp agency as she accepts a date with a persistent co-worker. Soon she finds herself cornered in a dark park at night and brutally attacked, raped and left for dead by her date and his deranged friends. She’s found barely alive by her concerned roommate, played by Sue Price (“Nemesis 2-5”) and undergoes illegal, experimental “cybernetic” surgery where she is given a replacement robotic arm and visor to correct her vision. However, the new implants don’t settle well because it isn’t long before she decides to seek revenge with the aid of her new attachments. One by bloody one she stalks and kills her attackers before the shocking and revealing conclusion! To view the trailer, please visit: youtu.be/8MzXaGyeK6k

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‘Ed and the Living Dead’ Launches their Indiegogo Campaign

Arizona-based filmmakers Brandy Mason and Tim Fattig recently announced the launch of the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for their much anticipated upcoming horror/comedy film, Ed and the Living Dead, which is set in the summer of 1959 and featuring the “world’s worst filmmaker,” Edward D. Wood, Jr. (Plan 9 From Outer Space, Glen or Glenda).


Producer/director Brandy Mason, a seasoned horror filmmaker with more than thirty credits, among them Don’t Fuck in the Woods and its upcoming sequel, WrestleMassacre, helms this film.

“The zombie film is an incredibly durable sub-genre, but sometimes it needs a little twist to be really engaging. Dropping iconic figures like Ed Wood and Criswell into the mix and setting the film in the 1950s instantly changes what the audience will expect from the story,” said Mason.

Ed and the Living Dead features a terrific ensemble cast of established and rising stars from the horror genre. Jason Crowe (Volumes of Blood, The Bad Man) stars as the high-strung director Ed Wood, while David E. McMahon (American Guinea Pig: The Song of Solomon, Bonehill Road) plays Wood’s long-suffering film producer, George Weiss. Also starring in this much-anticipated zomb-edy: HPC’s own Vida Ghaffari (RoboWoman, Holy Terror, where she was  billed as the “Persian Linda Blair” for her performance), Angela Pritchett (Steve: Death Collector, Partners); Kaylee Williams (Mrs. Claus, Ahockalypse), Charles Chudabala (Nightshade, Ugly Sweater Party), Ryan Brewer (Larry and the Monsters, Never Been to Graceland), Julie Anne Prescott (Clownado, Teacher Shortage), Brett DeJager (10/31, Bonejangles), Mindy Gilkerson (The Second Coming, Art of the Dead), Nick Payne (All Eyez on Me, Kickboxer: Retaliation), and noted actress Maria Olsen (Paranormal Activity 3, All The Creatures Are Stirring).

Musician and film composer Rocky Gray (The Barn, 10/31) will be providing the film’s score. Illustrator William Skaar (Heavy Metal, Deanna of the Dead) designed the film’s poster.

Rising Fire Films LLC, the film’s production company, was created in 2011. Best known releases for this company are Fireside Tales, Monkey Farm, and Friday the 13th: Legacy (a viral-sensation fan film) are its’ best-known releases to date.

Ed and the Living Dead is sure to become the ultimate cult zombie horror classic! If you are interested in backing the campaign, you can do so here:

https://igg.me/at/EdAndTheLivingDead/x

Imdb link:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9697412/?ref_=nv_sr_1

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BASIC Magazine & H.E.R. Pre-Grammy Party

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — FEBRUARY 9TH, 2019 — On Friday evening, BASIC Magazine threw an intimate pre-Grammy party at the private residence of Jonas Tahlin, CEO of Absolut Elyx, to celebrate 5-time Grammy nominee H.E.R.

H.E.R. attends Basic Magazine and H.E.R. Pre-Grammy Party at the Private Residence of the CEO of Absolut Elyx (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Absolut Elyx)

R&B artist H.E.R., nominated in 2019 for 5 Grammy Awards including Album of the Year, Best New Artist, and Best R&B Album of the Year, arrived wearing a black printed jumpsuit high patent black heels. Issues of the latest BASIC magazine were scattered throughout the exquisitely designed private home, which feature H.E.R. in an 8-page spread. See amazing behind-the-scenes footage of the shoot here. Guests sipped on specialty cocktails by Absolut Elyx, all appropriately named after H.E.R. hit songs and albums including, “Breakthrough,” “Lights On,” and her favorite, the “Anti-Star”, which is made with Absolut Elyx, coconut liqueur, pineapple syrup, lime juice, ginger juice, and champagne.

H.E.R. (L) and Ty Dolla $ign attend Basic Magazine and H.E.R. Pre-Grammy Party at the Private Residence of the CEO of Absolut Elyx (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Absolut Elyx)
(L-R) Lisa Wayne, BASIC Magazine founder and Editor-in-Chief Viktorija Pashuta, Jesse J and BASIC Magazine CFO, Producer and Partner Jackson Chong attend Basic Magazine and Pre-Grammy Party

Jake Miller arrived early in the evening with a group of friends and was seen at the bar laughing and enjoying drinks. Snow Tha Product arrived and was seen in all black with a white off-the-shoulder jacket. The ever-stylish Lady Victoria Hervey looked head-to-toe flawless in a slim fit black leather dress. Shamier Anderson and Stephan James chatted with H.E.R. inside at the Mermaid Bar. BASIC magazine Publisher & Editor-in-Chief,Viktorija Pashuta, and BASIC CFO & Partner, Jackson Chong,were spotted mingling with their latest BASIC magazine subject. H.E.R.


Just after 11pm, H.E.R. and her band took to a makeshift dance floor in the decadent Martini Room as guests sang along to their jams and swooned to the tunes of her hit track “Focus”. Stanajgrabbed the mic to sing along with H.E.R. in the middle of the crowd, watched by Ty Dolla $ign, Jermaine Dupri, and others.

(L-R) Snow Tha Product, Polo Molina, guest, Stanaj and Ty Dolla $ign attend Basic Magazine and H.E.R. Pre-Grammy Party at the Private Residence of the CEO of Absolut Elyx on February 8, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)

Leave it to BASIC magazine to throw yet another amazing party that guests will talk about until the next one…

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