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GOOD VIBRATIONS ~ The Students of Los Rios Rock School Re-create Pet Sounds

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS)  Los Angeles, CA —  “Ambitious” is the word most often used to describe the Beach Boys 1966 album Pet Sounds. So it was equally ambitious for a bunch of south Orange County musical teenagers to take to the studio at the Los Rios Rock School in San Juan Capistrano and attempt to recreate the emotional, many-layered brilliance of Pet Sounds.

The students of Los Rios Rock School. Photo by Alex Kluft

Established in 2010, Los Rios Rock School now has a faculty of 12 teachers and 190 families/students from all over Orange County. According to founder Tyler Marolf: “We have an 8000-square-foot performance-based lesson facility. Our school truly transforms young humans into unbelievable team mates, musicians and friends.”
Clinton Haycraft is the Director of Curriculum at Los Rios Rock School. When asked, “Why Pet Sounds?” Haycraft said: “Pet Sounds is not your typical Los Rios Rock School album. It doesn’t give the kids a whole lot of opportunity to show off as individuals. There are no shredding guitar solos, no belted high notes or raspy screams, no heavy drum fills. It demands another brand of musicianship – one that emphasizes dynamics, nuance, blending, and tone.”

The students of Los Rios Rock School. Photo by Alex Kluft

In 1966, Brian Wilson worked on Pet Sounds for many many months. It took a month just to lay down the background vocals for Wouldn’t It Be Nice. Los Rios Rock School did not have the time and money for that.

Los Rios ran rehearsals weekly for three months with Justin Norman rehearsing the band in one room while Erin Blagdon worked with the voices in the other – and Clinton Haycraft hovering between both rooms, “Eventually we brought the singers to the stage and everyone rehearsed together,” Haycraft said. “Having six instrumental players and 13 vocalists all amplified on stage together and trying to make sure they all heard themselves and each other was the most difficult logistical aspect of rehearsals.”

The students of Los Rios Rock School. Photo by Alex Kluft

All the rehearsal led to one long, productive day laying down all the tracks at Hybrid Studios in Santa Ana.

Anna Moellenhoff is an 18-year-old from San Juan Capistrano who first joined up with Los Rios Rock School in 2017. She sang lead on That’s Not Me. “My experience through this project was very exciting and sometimes difficult. During those times when it was difficult, I was learning how to control my voice and not overpower the rest of the track. It took time but I loved every step of the way because it made me into a better singer.”

The students of Los Rios Rock School. Photo by Alex Kluft

Lily Kelso is an 18-year-old aspiring musician from Laguna Beach who has been involved with Los Rios Rock School since 2018: “One of the things that stuck out to me most was how the group dynamic changed over time. We started out with a hodgepodge of kids and many of us either didn’t know each other or hadn’t spent much time together. This quickly changed. Over the course of many rehearsals and a lot of hard work, we all became really good friends. The coolest part about getting closer with everyone was to see it reflected in the music. Bit by bit songs started coming together as we learned more unified vowels, got used to “the beach boys sound,” and found our rhythm with the band. The process was slow but extremely rewarding.

After all that rehearsing and prep and concentrated studio time, how does Pet Sounds sound, as recorded by the students of Los Rios Rock School?

Here’s a link. What do you think?

LRRS Performs The Beach Boy’s “Pet Sounds”

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The New Experience in the Studio at Horse Latitudes

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Los Angeles, CA — Saturday, May 16th, 2020 —The New Experience is back in the studio. Robby Krieger from the Doors, Brandino, Ed Roth and Franklin Vanderbilt are preparing to launch a live stream. In the studio with the band was Mike Dumas famous head engineer at Horse Latitudes Recording Studio.

Mike said, “You’ve got to check them out. They play fresh, they play great. Check it out. See them live or check out the live streaming show.”


The Hollywood Press Corps sent out a few questions and Brandino took some time to answer our questions. The Hollywood Press Corps (HPC): What’s a good way that can help people stay positive? Brandino: Be Nice Be strong Be Well. HPC: What’s the first thing you’re going to do when the Corona Virus is over?
Brandino: Play a big paying gig I got bills !!

The Hollywood Press Corps looks forward to next concert from the New Experience!

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Shoot from the Hip Series’ New Trailer for Episode 2

Shoot from the Hip is a pilot series produced by Thunderknight Entertainment that has a new trailer out. This comedic show is really building a buzz in Hollywood and  is a cross between Napoleon Dynamite meets Lethal Weapon.

Poster

Welcome Detective Marvin Smith, who is the one and only “Swivel” Hips Smith. He is portrayed by rising star Jimmy Drain.

Promo material

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 starring legendary action star Mel Novak his mysterious boss ‘Mr. Felix’. Even though Jones is simple minded, he seems to have an uncanny knack for action, kung fu and saving the girl!

Stills

Smith, Jones and feisty new partner Dixie Reynolds 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 defeat the defeatless?

Stills

The score is by Grammy Board Member Adrian Croom, who is also doing the music for The Initiation also starring Novak and Drain.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5x-QxRXagPg

IMDB link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11272882/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

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Check Out Shannon Bobo’s Transformative Show to Get You Through This Challenging Time

Multi-hyphenate artist Shannon Bobo’s show is the answer to the overload of information that supports all the fear and uncertainty surrounding Covid-19.  This tireless artist has created this show as a result of the many “challenges” we have been overwhelming each other with during these trying times.  She does a daily “Heart Math” Meditation and the lead meditation guides, Erin & Jeff,  asked us to create our own 30 day challenge.  Shannon is a certified Reiki Healer and Energy Alchemist.  She uses her extensive knowledge of crystal healing energy to help soothe everyone’s anxiety and nerves. She also does card readings to engage and entertain her audience.  This is also a very interactive show.  She has guests lined up to speak on different topics on helping our viewers get through these challenging times.  She  also offers advice on how she has been able to stay calm during these times.
Shannon Bobo
Shannon is a woman of many talents. She’s a TV show host, a working commercial actor, and comic here in Hollywood and has had opportunities to work as a host in the past.  But never on her own accord.  Thanks to the many different platforms, she has been able to create a daily talk show that helps many people.
Here is a link to her shows.  (Subscribe to her channel for future shows):
Shannon on set

Years ago, a well-meaning mentor told Shannon that she needed to choose a focus.  “I did not do that and I’m glad I didn’t! I love all of the many hats that I wear. My intention on this planet is to support everyone in finding their voice and all the responsibilities that comes with having your voice,” says Shannon. 

“All that I do encompasses in supporting that mission. I trust I can support you in your intentions in many way,” she added.

Here ‘s some more info about her below:

Shannon’s background is in TV, radio, live performance shows, live video streaming, and casting, and producing. This multi talented creative currently work both behind the scenes as a casting professional and in front of the camera as an actor, host, and stand-up comic. She has helped cast countless on-camera commercial ads, film, and television and is an active member of SAG/AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. (American union representing professional performers). She is also a currently committee member for the SAG/AFTRA Sexual Harrassment Committee. If that wasn’t enough, she is currently writing a book called “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To forgiveness” and is an advocate for finding peace through Forgiveness, Self- love, and Healing. She is also a certified reiki healer and energy alchemist. Part of her healing work and forgiveness is through laughter and why she performs stand-up comedy. She is also a life long ambassador for PAVE Promoting Awareness Victim Empowerment, an organization that provides support and advocacy for people who are survivors of sexual trauma. Her focus and purpose is to help as many people as possible find their voice and creating a space for everyone to feel heard. Her ultimate goal is to help and entertain as many people as possible.

“I am so excited for you to come back and visit my website to find out how I can help you with your projects. And how I can contribute,” says Shannon, who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, but can travel easily. 

More info about Shannon:

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Take 24 minutes to enjoy “Lux Aeterna”, a beautiful sci-fi story, free to watch online now!

Culture is a necessity in these trying COVID-19 times. Therefore
Danish director Edith Fabritius Tvede have decided to share her short sci-fi epic “Lux Aeterna” with the world completely for free.

Enjoy the acting of old danish screen legend Ghita Nørby, along with
Ditte Ylva Olsen, Paw Terndrup, Niels Olsen and Kim Sønderholm in this futuristic tale from a possibly not too distant future.

Lux Aeterna Poster

The young and ambitious journalist Helene (Ylva Olsen) gets a story that could make her career, as she discovers a secret invention by the Danish-born top scientist Ellen Franklin (Nørby), but as the invention’s potential for catastrophic consequences become clear to her, she is forced consider how much ambitions are allowed to cost both oneself and the world.

The film is in Danish – but English subtitles of course provided. This
should not be used as an excuse not to watch 😉

“Lux Aeterna” won “Best Director” at the Bluestocking Film Series Film Festival as well as having won “Best in Show”, “Best Acting”, “Best Scifi & Fantasy Theme”, “Best Production Design”, “Best Cinematography” and “Best Soundtrack” at the Colorado International Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival in addition to many others selections and screenings.

You can view the film here https://vimeo.com/398237670

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New major updates that will make you feel the “Taste of Power”

Taste of Power is a game that challenges your strategy skills. Will you be able to make the right decisions in a limited time-frame? Prove yourself by defeating the brutal AI and feel the Taste of Power! Now with major updates!

Taste of Power is a Real-Time Strategy game set in alternate medieval times, where you fight for one of 3 factions – Europe, China, or the Middle East. A distinctive feature of the game is the combination of a variety of unique types of troops and the dynamics of game events.

There’s a variety of types of troops. In addition to the usual infantry, arrows, cavalry, in Taste of Power there is a wide variety of artillery, engineering troops, spies, underground tunnels, incendiary oils , poisonous mixtures, mines and much more. The use of these and many other types of troops opens up fundamentally new tactical opportunities. The gaming events are dynamic. The foundation of economic development is the construction of new cities. This is the only way to get a lot of resources, and therefore a large army. Therefore, Taste of Power pushes the player into the race, who will capture more bases faster. Along with this, the player has to fight in different parts of the map, combining expansion, defense of his territories and restraining the development of the
enemy. New updates for the game, just implemented: Characteristics of some troops have been changed, slightly weakening the characteristics of artillery and shooters.

A bug that allowed the user to switch between missions without completing has been eliminated.

In terms of artificial intelligence, the logic of the search for
opponents has been improved.

Taste of Power on Steam:
https://store.steampowered.com/app/758250/Taste_of_Power/

See the Taste of Power trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xigWPt_Ukck

Press Kit:

Please download Taste of Power assets here:
https://prnordic.box.com/s/su5obq95wyor7ppeme3k8bkh1q2irhyi

About Taste of Power:

Show your strategic talents in Taste of Power – a Real-Time Strategy
game set in an alternate medieval world, where Europe, Middle East,
and China confront each other. Develop unique technologies and lead
warriors into an epic battlefield – the victory is yours!

About OneOcean, LLC:

OneOcean, LLC is a modest team of indie developers from Ukraine
consisting of 3 people, all big fans of strategy games and especially
StarCraft, Age of Empires and Total War. They are inspired by a dream
of creating a really high-quality RTS game, and with Taste of Power
they attempt to fuse the game dynamics and balance system of StarCraft 2 and transfer it into a medieval setting.

Dustin Brown

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Home Delivery from Delphi Greek Restaurant and Bar

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Delphi Greek Restaurant and Bar in Westwood is taking orders for delivery and take out. Please support small businesses by ordering lunch today. In these difficult times of Coronavirus 19, being a good community member means staying at home. The Delphi Greek restaurant is known for making quality food for events, catering and dining in. But with an order to stay home, they have switched to making take out and delivery.

Owner Roozbeh Farahanipour

We got a chance to swing by Delphi Greek for a gyro and a delicious Cold Combo. Everything was so fresh. The Cold Combo features Tzatziki, Mlitzanosalata, hummus, tabouli,kalmata olives, pita bread and sliced cucumber. If you’ve never tried these items, heres a run down. Hummus is made with garbanzo beans and lemon juice whipped together.

Delphi’s hummus is delicious. The great thing about getting the Cold Combo delivered is that you can snack on all the different sauces. Another super tasty item is the Melitzanosalata. This is a Greek style babganoush and eggplant whipped together with greek yogurt and tahini. This has such a clean and delicious taste. The Tabouli is really good. Cracked wheat with tomatoes, parsley, green onions and mint. The Tabouli has a very unique flavor. It’s like a little salad with lots of flavor. The Tzatziki is one of my favorites. Greek yogurt, grated cucumber and a touch of mint.

If you get a chance to have a meal delivered from Delphi Greek Restaurant, you’ll be glad you did and you’ll be supporting the local community.

Order delivery at the Delphi Greek Restaurant here:
http://www.delphigreek.com

Dustin Brown

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Actress Iris Almario Pioneers Into Quibi’s New Frontier

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — In a time when home renovation shows are a popular trend on TV and having a social media celebrity status has gained ground, Quibi brings a new series titled Flipped. The short form comedy presents couple Jann and Cricket Melfi (Will Forte & Kaitlin Olson) as creative visionaries in a world of fools, destined for the small screen. After losing their jobs, they discover an HGTV contest to become the next interior design power couple. They immediately set off to film their submission video renovating an abandoned shack in the desert, not realizing that the shack is a storehouse for a Mexican cartel. In a lucky twist of fate, the cartel members want to put their “skills” to work. https://quibi.com

Iris Almario

Enter Iris Almario, actress and true animal advocate. Almario joins the cast of Flipped in the recurring role of an admirer of the Melfi’s home decoration abilities who’s looking into hiring the couple for a renovation job. She will be acting opposite series regulars SNL Alum Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) Kaitlin Olson (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) award-winning actress/director Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives), Andy Garcia (Ocean’s Eleven, The Godfather Part II) and Arturo Castro (Alternatino).

“I play a recurring role on the series. Without revealing too much I can say that my character is impressed by the Melfis and wants to hire them. It was a fun show to work on. I worked with Will, Kaitlin, Arturo, Eva & Andy” said Almario about her experience filming the show.

Almario’s long list of credits features highly acclaimed shows including: All Rise (CBS), Nobodies (TV Land), Jane The Virgin (CW), Code Black (CBS), NCIS (CBS), Bosch (Amazon), American Crime Story (FX Network), Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW),
a recurring role in Switched at Birth (Freeform) opposite Constance Marie, Heart of Dixie (CW), The Young & The Restless (CBS) and General Hospital (ABC) just to name a few. Film credits include: Murder in Mexico The Bruce Beresford-Redman Story (Lifetime), God Bless America, Below the Beltway, and The Last Request.

Almario’s charity work includes being the co-founder of WUFAW (Women United For Animal Welfare), a 501(c)3 animal welfare non-profit. The organization’s focus is on improving animal welfare locally and abroad through direct action in the field. WUFAW works with foreign and local partners to help set up education programs, build sanctuaries, provide low cost veterinary care, and many other acts that enhance the lives of animals. With only two and half months into 2020 WUFAW has helped animals in Cambodia, South Korea, Puerto Rico & Vietnam. (https://wufaw.org)
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About the show: FLIPPED is an eleven, short-form episode, new comedy series from Groundlings alums  Kaitlin Olson and Damon Jones, and Funny or Die, for Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s short-form video platform Quibi. Joe Farrell, Damon Jones, Steve Mallory are the executive producers of the show, which will join the new scheduled programming lineup of 51 Quibi shows launching on April 6, 2020.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/fWrd4mhGhwg

Quibi is a new type of digital platform from the creators of Funny or Die. It will showcase short form original content. Programming offers movie-quality shows that bring big stars together to offer big stories, laughs, drama, action, suspense, romance, scares, tunes and more.
Quibi will offer 10 minutes or less new episodes every day which are designed to fit users’ phones.

Quibi is set to debut April 6. The new digital platform will showcase a lineup of 51 shows available at launch from creators including Jennifer Lopez, Chrissy Teigen, Chance the Rapper, Liam Hemsworth, Sophie Turner, Lena Waithe, Nicole Richie and Reese Witherspoon. Show titles for their lineup include Flipped, Survive, Most Dangerous Game, Thanks a Million, Chrissy’s Court, Murder House Flip, Last Night’s Late Night, The Replay by ESPN and more. The mainly mobile platform is offering a 90-day free trial to those who sign up on its website before the April 6 official launch. Regular monthly pricing is set at $4.99 (with ads) and $7.99 (no ads).

For more information on how to join or how to watch visit: https://quibi.com

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WATCH TV ONE’S ACCLAIMED SERIES UNSUNG FOR A DANCE BREAK WITH SOUL MUSIC LEGEND BILLY PAUL THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 29 AT 10 P.M.

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — TV One’s award-winning documentary series UNSUNG gives viewers a soul music break from social-distancing with the story of Grammy Award-winning crooner, Billy Paul, this Sunday, March 29 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time and 7:00 p.m. on the West Coast.

Billy Paul

Born in North Philadelphia in the 1930s, Billy Paul grew up in a neighborhood that served as a hotbed for flourishing jazz artists. After a chance meeting with Kenny Gamble in the late 1960s, his mix of jazz and R&B helped define the emerging Philadelphia sound. Paul also served as a figure in the ‘60s Civil Rights movement. When “Me and Mrs. Jones” catapulted the crooner to international fame in 1972, the price tag of success came with a heavy cost. Paul struggled with substance abuse and had difficulty finding mainstream success throughout the rest of his career, despite releasing a string of solid chart singles throughout the 70’s. Paul passed away in 2016 and in this episode, his wife of 50 years, Gamble & Huff and others come together to pay tribute to one of the great ‘unsung’ singers of his time.

UNSUNG continues its storytelling of influential artists continue with upcoming episodes featuring vocal powerhouse Betty Wright, best known for the 70s hit single “Clean Up Woman;” multi-Grammy Award-winning musician Al Jarreau; and Atlanta hip hop quartet Goodie Mob. UNSUNG, winner of the 51st Annual NAACP Image Award for Outstanding News/Information- (Series or Special), celebrates the lives of trailblazing musicians whose full stories and journeys have yet to be explored. Through first-hand accounts, interviews with family and friends, and archival footage, each episode weaves a tale of the highs and lows of a life in the limelight.

UNSUNG is executive produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions’ Arthur Smith and Frank Sinton with Executive Producer Mark Rowland and Co-Executive Producer Kysha Mounia. For TV One, Jason Ryan is Executive Producer in Charge of Production, Donyell Kennedy-McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting and Brigitte McCray is Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Production.

For more information on UNSUNG visit TV One’s YouTube Channel and check out exclusive, behind-the-scenes content on www.tvone.tv. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TV One’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) and the UNSUNG Facebook (@tvoneunsung) using the hashtag #UNSUNG.

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MedWand’s™ New, Cutting-Edge Telemedicine Kit: Mobile SQM DOC Allows you to Screen, Quarantine and Monitor for Coronavirus 19

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Los Angeles, CA — The award-winning company and leader in telehealth, MedWand Solutions, Inc., has announced the debut of its latest creation in MedWand™ Kits: the Mobile Screen, Quarantine, Monitor (SQM) DOC. Equipped for the war against the spread of the coronavirus, Medwand’s Mobile SQM unit includes a hand-held, cutting-edge, telehealth MedWand™ device that houses ten diagnostic tools, a UV sanitation device, a two-in-one touch screen tablet, wooden tongue depressors, and more, to provide a solution to help monitor and detect patients who are believed to, or already have, contracted the Covid-19 virus.

“MedWand has the ability to help save many lives and is easy to use. MedWand™ can help with triage, monitoring people in quarantine, and examining people for other conditions without bringing them into a potentially contaminated area,” shared Samir Qamar, M.D., Co-Founder and CEO of MedWand™ Solutions. “It has web-based software with military-grade encryption – we have the right tool at the right time, and we can deploy it fast.”

Coronavirus 19

The MedWand™ device allows clinicians to conduct remote office visits, through the real-time collection of multiple vital sign readings and key patient assessments. It can listen to your heart and lungs, measure respiratory rates and blood oxygen levels, take your temperature, scan your skin and even look at your tonsils. All of this information gets sent in real time to your doctor who watches, listens, and interacts through a secure video portal on their computer.

Dr Samir Qamar M.D.

The latest Medwand™ device kit, SQM DOC, offers monitoring with zero risk of infection, while tracking and monitoring trends in real-time. Each SQM DOC contains a sanitation device that uses UV technology, allowing a single MedWand™ to be used by multiple patients. The kit also includes antimicrobial wipes, sixty disposable wooden tongue depressors that can be inserted into the MedWand™ so the high-resolution camera can capture a clear photo of the back of the throat, the MedWand™ device, and a touchscreen tablet pre-configured and loaded with Medwand™ application to allow a real-time doctor visit. The mobile doc unit is packaged in a ruggedized protective carrying case.

“MedWand™ has specific diagnostic instruments to remotely examine coronavirus patients, so we filed for an emergency use authorization with the FDA. We hope this will get approved quickly and should allow us to get these devices into the right hands, right away,” added Dr. Qamar. “This is the future of healthcare. MedWand™ offers a solution to help stop the spread of contagious diseases.”

MedWand™ is an award-winning device created by physicians and medical device engineers. The handheld product includes a stethoscope, otoscope, dermatoscope, throat illuminator with camera, IR thermometer, ECG, and pulse oximeter (SpO2, heart rate, respiratory rate). In addition to the Mobile SQM DOC, Medwand™ solutions also offers a Home DOC, Office DOC, and Mobile DOC. For more information on MedWand and the creators behind the device visit www.medwand.com. Pending clearance by the FDA. Not available for sale in all countries.

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