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The Holidays can be Such a Drag — A Festive Celebration with B. Åkerlund, Miranda Dickson & Absolut Elyx

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — HOLLYWOOD, CA —The Hollywood Press Corps has exlusive photos from the Christmas party at the private home of Jonas Tahlin. Jonas is the CEO of Absolut Elyx. His home was transformed into an elaborate festive wonderland scene to celebrate the start of the holiday season. This event was hosted by B. Åkerlund and Miranda Dickson. The party was to celebrate the holiday in the most extravagant setting with guests including A-list celebrities and well-known drag queens wearing the most elaborate costumes.

Party goers enjoying Absolut Elyx beverages. All photos Laurence Hudghton Photography LTD
The table was set near the chimney with care

The Hollywood Hills mansion pulled out all the stops with a number of eccentric decorations, inducing a welcome from Santa and his reindeers, Christmas carolers and real snow! Upon arrival, guests were welcomed by the Elyx Elf and offered a traditional Swedish Glögg made with Elyx and took photos in the snow on Santa’s sleigh.

 

B. Åkerlund, an esteemed stylist and costume designer, arrived wearing a spectacular red Christmas dress. She was soon joined by Fergie and Marilyn Manson, who wore a chic red trouser suit decorated in jewels.

As guests made their way inside, they were wowed by the festive feast which filled the length of the room and included cheeses, festive sweets and delicious sizzling sausages. Absolut Elyx, created a number of bespoke festival cocktails for the evening, including ‘Felix Navidad’, ‘Julemus Spritz’ and ‘Jingle Bell’, all made with Absolut Elyx and festive flavors.

Fergie and Marilyn Manson sat together in the ‘Gatsby Room’ where they were spotted chatting the night away with friends as they sipped on Elyx cocktails.

Absolut Elyx is the new definition of luxury vodka, built on the principles of quality, integrity and true craftsmanship. Every drop is made with soft winter wheat from a single estate, in Åhus, Sweden. Absolut Elyx is manually distilled in a 1921 copper rectification column, removing all impurities and resulting in the silky smooth Elyx Vodka. Jonas Tahlin, CEO of Absolut Elyx, and his team are knowledgeable to oversee the century-old distillation process that has been passed down through generations of Swedish vodka-makers. Absolut Elyx has join forces with Water For People to drive awareness and support for long-term solutions to the global water crisis. Through their partnership, Water For People will provide one week of safe water to more than 100,000 people worldwide for every copper purchase in the Elyx Boutique. In just one year, Elyx has already provided approximately 20,000 people with access to safe water for generations to come. Discover more at ElyxBoutique.com and on Instagram @AbsolutElyx.

The Hollywood Press Corps looks forward to the next exclusive party at Jonas’ house!

Dustin Brown

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Legacy Charitable Foundation

 

The “Legacy Charitable Foundation” held its fifth annual Holiday Masquerade Ball on December 8 at The Majestic Downtown in Los Angeles.

In an effort to support “Echoes of Hope” which serves communities by helping children, youth and young adults in need by eliminating barriers and assisting them to reach their full potential, the Holiday Ball encouraged giving with this event which included, open bar, full sushi bar and catered dinner. Aside from creating awareness, the organization raises funds to bridge the gap between those in need and support the programs that help them strive.

The Legacy Charitable Foundation assists our community by promoting social welfare and supporting other non profit organizations with an emphasis on improving health research such as Alzheimer’s and cancer, homeless assistance organizations, disabled or sick youth, foster youth, education, financial literacy, low income family residences and overall well being of all people that are in need of hope. The evening climaxed with an electrifying performance by CeCe Peniston, (Best known for her hit single “Finally”) and other number one hits.

 

Attendees walking the red carpet included, CeCe Peniston who also performed later in the evening, actress Paloma Movales, actress Chanel Minnifield, Dr. Lisa Masterson of “The Doctors”, comedian Patrick Neal, Pol Atteu and Patrick Simpson of “Gown and Out in Beverly Hills” with their lovable dog “Snow White”, Celeste Thorson of “The Have and Have Nots”, Zack Levy of Legacy Foundation, Abraham Mehrian Chairman of The Legacy Foundation, Giovanna Healy Founder of “Sisters of Strength”, Jennifer Brown Legacy President, Bill Mena board member of Legacy Foundation, Gonzalo Cruz Schiavone board member and Sylvia Valdiva of The Legacy Foundation. Holiday season is a time for reflection and giving and giving they did.

Marie Westwood Magazine Party

Marie Westwood Magazine, powered by the Ivan Bitton Style House celebrated the 2019 Winter Edition at the historic Cedars Estate on Monday, December 2.

 

The “Great Gatsby” themed and invite only party started at the door with champagne offered to all arrivals upon entrance. Lavish, early twentieth century inspired attire was donned by guests, models and celebrities depicting the era.

A live performance by Laura Pieri and a fashion showcase featuring Ivan Bitton Style House designers highlighted the festivities as guests partied and danced the night away to the DJ’s rhythm inspired selections. Unveiled were the “Special K” lingerie collection by Madame Methven,  designs by Sue Wong and “Exotics” by Cedrick.

 

The Cedars Estate, currently owned by designer Sue Wong has a  long history in Los Angeles and has hosted such great visitors and residents such as Bela Lugosi, Howard Hughes, Jimi Hendrix, Lou Reed, Bob Dylan and Johnny Depp. It is here that Jimi Hendrix allegedly wrote “Purple Haze” and the estate has been featured in several movies including “Sunset Boulevard” and “Easy Rider”.

Special guest Mario Lopez and guests pleased their palate on hors d’oeuvres and champagne while a full bar offered other more adventurous guests a variety of cocktails, mock tails and more. The nearly 8500 square foot home was crowded with partygoers throughout the night and although there are rumors that the estate is haunted, there was nothing scary about the festive interest of fashion, design and a classic Hollywood celebration.

“Eastsiders” Premiere

Cast members and producers of the Netflix series “Eastsiders” gathered at the Downtown Independent to premiere the fourth and final season on December 1, 2019.

Kit William’s Emmy nominated and LGBTQ series has been nominated for eight Daytime Emmy Awards and only reinforces the desire for more diversity in the world of entertainment.

“Eastsiders” won Best Ensemble at Indie Series Awards as well as 10 other Indie Series Awards in 2016.

American Music Awards pre party and gifting suite

The Kimpton La Peer Hotel in West Hollywood was the location for an American Music Awards pre party on November23, 2019. Hosted by GBK Productions, appetizers and fine wine was served as celebrities from many genres were gifted high end products from vendors with an eye on Hollywood.

A full DJ set was performed by Jes Danz and dancing was not only allowed, (This was not Footloose) but encouraged. The after party spilled into the bar and pool area as the evening grew late with several live acts performing for the enthusiastic crowd.

Stars from Ozark, Days of Our Lives, American Idol, Good Girls, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, The Office, Grey’s Anatomy, Shameless,  Entourage, Stumptown, Arrested Development, Famously Single and others attended and partied the night away with great eats in their belly, love in their hearts and a cache of gifted goodies.

All photos by Bennartz

Rising Star Nadia Sahari Shines On and Off the Screen

“It is by choice and not by chances that we change our circumstances.” Inspirational rising star Nadia Sahari believes this with all her heart. She is living it and you can too! Never give up!

Nadia was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and raised in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. Her life revolved around music, dance, and the arts. From the age of ten, she dreamed of being an actress and singer. Her creativity and music became an escape from the horrors of the world that sometimes befell her. She used all this to become a successful entrepreneur, creating and owning several businesses, writing books, hosting her radio show, and living her dream of being an actress. She appeared in movies, TV episodes, and Talk Shows and a lot of press and Red Carpets.
The Nadia Sahari Show

Today, she’s is a world-renowned author. Her memoir “Breakaway: The Road To Freedom” hit the top 100 on Amazon and is now in its second printing. She has it adapted to a screenplay to have it filmed for the big screen. “The Bully Cat” was written by Ms. Sahari for children against bullying and not keeping silent. Her Kindle book “Be Your Own Boss” written to help those who want to start their own business of any kind, anywhere.

Rising Star Nadia Sahari

Nadia Sahari was a guest on many talk shows, including Oprah’s TV show as a guest panelist, three times. She loves her radio show, and her guests love being interviewed by her and have given her 5-STAR ratings and reviews. The Nadia Sahari Show created and produced by Nadia has been playing all over the world since 2010. Her guests are celebrities, actors, authors, entrepreneurs, etc. She invites guests to share their stories of success to help all the dreamers like herself, learn, get inspired, and get encouragement to keep going for the dream and not to give up. “It is by choice and not by chances that we change our circumstances.”

Nadia on the red carpet at the Art Hearts Fashion show

She has millions of downloads and plays! Now available on VIDEO!

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Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

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Indiegogo Fundraiser for the Amber Lynn Autobiography

There’s still time to donate to the indiegogo campaign of multi award-winning SAG-AFTRA actress Amber Lynn. More info here:
Overview
The Amber Lynn Autobiography IndiGoGo Campaign brings my life project to you, my fanbase by offering you amazing incentives and cool ways to interact with me and be involved in the creation of my autobiography. My book is about my life and times in the adult entertainment industry and a treatment for a screenplay has been registered with the Los Angeles Writer’s Guild. I encourage you to check out my perk store and Thank You for your support of this campaign. Amber Lynn®️.
Awardee Amber Lynn at the Los Angeles Nollywood Awards. Photo courtesy of Bob Delgadillo

Now enjoying a successful crossover career as a Sag-Aftra accredited mainstream actress, and radio host of the popular LATalkRadio music and entertainment show Rock’N’SeXXXy Uncensored, she continues to be of service to her peers of the adult industry as Sergeant at Arms of APAG Adult Performers Actors Guild, the first federal labor union in adult entertainment. She is one of the most prolific and well-known stars in adult entertainment history, her career began in 1982 with appearances in top gentlemen’s magazines before entering the adult movie industry and quickly rising to verified legendary status, traveling the world making films in Rome, Paris, Cannes, London and feature performing throughout Canada and the US, breaking records in both attendance and performer earnings and setting new standards in a career that has spanned more than three decades. She reigned at a time when the evolution of the adult industry was at its peak, moving from theaters to home video -turning a handful of actors overnight into household names, and achieving worldwide fame. Follow her remarkable perseverance through its current day status.

Legendary SAG-AFTRA actress Amber Lynn

Amber Lynn created and executed the business model that has set the bar for other adult film stars in the highly lucrative “feature dance” tour circuit that all entertainers have followed on their road to success and was the undisputed top of the feature industry for more than 17 years.

The book will include real-life stories and highlights from her entire career, as well as exclusive, never before seen photographs taken on the road, on stage with famous rock bands, celebrities, sports heroes,  and relationships with friends and lovers. It will include her tumultuous upbringing in Orange, California in a family of wild brothers, witnessing the death of her mother at a tender age and how this strong-willed Southern California girl overcame all odds, struggled to the top of the industry, fell from grace, faced her demons and rose through endless challenges to find her own truth and lead the life of her dreams.

This is a story of success and of rising to the challenge! This is The Amber Lynn story.

More info about Amber:

http://amberlynnxxx.com/

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

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National Champion Aidas Reklys is a Man of Many Talents

Figure skating national champion, coach and entrepreneur Aidas Reklys is a man of many talents. He’s the founder of Skate Universal and created this company as skating is his passion and he wants to share it with the world. By sharing his devotion and knowledge of the sport, he hopes to improve skaters of every level in their performance, technique, understanding and love of the sport.

Aidas at the Celebrate the Day event. Photo courtesy of Amy Graves/Gettyimages

Originally from Lithuania, Reklys was a coach in the Chicago area for about 8 years. Now he’s in Southern California and has a thriving coaching practice here. Being a world competitor and professional coach has allowed him opportunities to travel around the world. He’s had the change to learn and share many different training techniques at seminars, camps and shows. As a personal trainer and skater, he has the unique ability to incorporate the two disciplines for the optimal benefit of the skater.

Aidas Reklys on a billboard in Mexico that promoted a skating event

“I enjoy coaching because I love seeing young athletes progression and fighting for personal goals. It’s not only about progressing in the sport, but also the main thing of this process is that these people I train learn discipline. That is so important to succeed in sports as they need that discipline to propel themselves forward and get strong physically and mentally and to know to keep trying even if they fail,” said Reklys.

Lithuanian cosmopolitan photo at a conference

In addition to being the founder of Skate Universal, he’s also the inventor and creator of the Powertwist, for all levels of skaters, which teaches them correct positioning during jumps, landing positions and spins while also strengthening the shoulders, arms, abdominals and core muscles. This is such a powerful and helpful tool, that it even helps tennis players build explosive power and upper body control.

And if that isn’t enough, Reklys also organizes ice-related events. He brings the ice and performers for any occasion like business meetings, birthdays and weddings.

More info at  http://skateuniversal.com/

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

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Multi Talented Actor, Producer, TV/radio host and fight choreographer Dainy Zaino Makes his Mark in Show Biz

Born August 2, 1960 Danny Zaino, originally from Long Island New York, is a noted actor, producer, TV / radio host and hand to hand combat fight choreographer for the motion picture and television industries. He is an instructor at the Famous Kahana Stunt & Film School located in Groveland, Florida. He is the owner and operator of his own production company Living The Dream Productions which produces the digital media publicity & promotions company MASBTV NETWORK home to Martial Arts Show Biz TV, Martial Arts Entertainment Radio, and Martial Arts Entertainment Magazine. His latest accomplishments include “The Road To Hollywood” MASBTV 7 Show News Season filmed in Los Angeles / Hollywood, and San Fransisco, California, New York, New Jersey, Georgia, and Florida; “Hard Core Cooking” with Danny Zaino where the audience will learn to cook traditional Italian and American dishes to include slap stick comedy routines with plenty of action and stunts; and the making of the documentary film “Born To Compete” – The Zaino’s, which is an epic 10 year project in the making, still in the pre-production phase to include a book which will be released to the public first by MASBTV Hollywood Publications.

Danny Zaino

 

 His noteworthy Martial Arts background:

Danny Zaino is a professional martial artist with over four decades of dedication to the industry currently holding the rank of “Kudan” (9th degree Black Belt) and is the Founder of the American / Japanese & Okinawan GoJu-Ryu Karate & Kobudo Federation.  Excelling in sports throughout his school years to include wrestling, football, and baseball. Danny began his martial arts carrier in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida in 1976 at the age of 15 with the local YMCA. Danny was a natural and gifted athlete and received the “Presidents Award” in High School for outstanding athleticism signed by President Nixon. Dabbling in the arts of Kang Do Kwon, Tae Kwon Do and GoJu-Ryu, Danny began serious training after high school when he joined the United States Army as a Military Police Officer in 1979. While stationed in Korea on the DMZ, he studied the art of Moo Do Kwon Tae Kwon Do. After a 12 month tour in Korea, he was transferred to Fort Bliss, Texas where he joined the United States Army Karate Team studying the art of Japanese GoJu-Ryu. During this time Danny competed and performed extensively on the international level. Upon completion of his Military service in 1982, Danny became a Florida Police Officer and earned the title of “Kumite (fighting) Champion” at the Florida Police Olympics in 1985. During his extensive martial arts career, Danny has produced over 50 plus Black Belts under his tutorage producing numerous State and World Champions to include martial arts actors. Among his many students Danny also taught his wife Theresa and three children Tony, Joey, and Dominique Zaino who are all accomplished martial artists and State / World Champions. From 2000 to 2008 he ran one of the top martial arts competitions and performance teams in the United States sponsored by Pepsi Americas called National Team Pepsi “Show Team” (now “Team Americas”) known for their unique and entertaining performances. Danny has been recognized by his peers numerous times and is the recipient of many Hall of Fame Awards to include: 1994 – 2007 – “Promoter of the Year” for his Battle of the Arts National Martial Arts Championships, 1997 – 1998 – “Outstanding Martial Arts Weaponry” for Innovative Weapon Design for his creation of the “Pure Warrior” Sports Tonfa for competition, 2002 – 2007 – “Coach of the Year” for his National Team Pepsi “Show Team”, 2006 – “Outstanding Show Team Award” National Team Pepsi “Show Team” awarded by famous martial arts actor YK Kim, 2009 – “Demo Team of the Year” Team Americas, 2012 – 2016 – “Outstanding Contribution in Publishing and Media Coverage” for his MASBTV NETWORK “Martial Arts Show Biz TV, Radio & Magazine”, and 2018 – “Goodwill Ambassador to the Martial Arts” for his years of dedication to the arts.

Martial Arts Champ Danny Zaino

Military:

Danny Zaino served in the United States Army as a Military Police Officer from June 13, 1979 to June 12, 1982. He served on the DMZ in Korea from October 18, 1979 to October 14, 1980 during the time of the assassination of South Korean President Park Chung-hee, the Gwangju Uprising (Massacre), and the Iranian revolution. He is the recipient of the Korean Service Medal. After his tour in Korea Danny served at Fort Bliss, Texas where he was a member of the United States Army Karate Team performing numerous demonstrations throughout Texas, Oklahoma, and Mexico as a recruiting tool for the United States Military. Danny was honorably discharged and to this day is an advocate for the PTSD Program for traumatized combat Veterans and their families.

Among his many accomplishments, Danny also worked as a professional tile, marble and stone contractor by trade.

More info at:

http://www.masbtvnetwork.com/host-danny-zaino.html?fbclid=IwAR2Nd2eftX7S0CjBMS5rqJo7uhfjRg793USAGLru59qtr9SgXIaiBrBZIWs

Dustin Brown

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Panorama City Chamber of Commerce day & Anniversary Held at the Platinum Banquet Hall

On Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019, The Panorama City Chamber of Commerce celebrated their 3rd Anniversary and the 1st Year of “The Panorama City Chamber of Commerce Business Day” at the Platinum Banquet Hall, located at 8704 Van Nuys Blvd., Panorama City CA. 91402.

Awardee Laura T. Sharpe and Artists For Trauma Ambassador Steve Bogna

This momentous date was declared by the California State Senate by a resolution granted by the Honorable CA. State Senator Bob Hertzberg on March 15th, 2018. The resolution was presented at the Grand Opening of the Panorama City Chamber of Commerce Business Center on April 2nd, 2018.

Awardee Suzi Khatami

In addition to a star studded red carpet and press interviews, this year’s celebration featured the North Valley Military Institute’s Color Guard, the National Anthem by Grammy Award Nominee Songwriting Shane, live performances, the awards ceremony and a dinner. They also honored the Officers, board members, and volunteers who made the Panorama City Chamber of Commerce such a rousing success during the past year. As a special recognition, they honored local celebrities that have truly made a difference in the San Fernando Valley and in Panorama City.

Awardee Dustin Ferguson with special guest, Celebrity Fashion Designer Vida Craddock of Designs by Vida

The Offices of U.S. Congressman Tony Cardenas, CA. State Senator Bob Hertzberg, CA. State Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Los Angeles City Councilmember Nury Martinez attended.

Awardees Dawna Lee Heising, Vida Ghaffari and Amber Lynn
Chamber President Mejia with Awardee Dawna Lee Heising

Additional celebrities and VIPs in attendance were Saul Mejia (President of the Panorama City Chamber of Commerce and GlobalTech, Motivational Speaker & Book Author), Songwriting Shane (Grammy Nominee), Matias Meza (Grammy Winning Producer) Juan Ignacio (Pop Singer), Klaudia Lua (TV Host), Philanthropist Laura T. Sharpe (Founder and CEO, Artists For Trauma), TV Personality Suzi Khatami (“Our View” show on ATV), Filmmaker Dustin Ferguson (Nemesis 5: The New Model currently available on Redbox), Legendary Action Star Mel Novak (Quentin Tarantino favorite Game of Death), SAG/AFTRA Actress (Who’s Jenna?), Radio Personality, Rock’N’SeXXXyU show, LA Talk Radio, Red Carpet Correspondent, Walk Against MS, Amber Lynn, Actress Dawna Lee Heising (Robowoman) and Actress Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project), Vida Craddock (Designs by Vida Celebrity Designer), among others were in attendance.

Awardees with Chamber President Saul Mejia

“As a lifelong resident of Panorama City, it is with great pride that I am president of our Chamber of Commerce and I get to interact and help businesses prosper in our fair city and acknowledge the many people out here for all they do for this great town, said Chamber President Mejia.

About the Panorama City Chamber of Commerce:

The Panorama City Chamber of Commerce, which was incorporated in 2016, is composed of business professionals who are civic-minded citizens. Because of the Chamber’s volunteer work and financial support, Chamber membership gives members a blanket policy of community insurance. The Chamber’s mission is a collective effort to promote the welfare of our community and make it the best community in Los Angeles to shop, live,and to make a living in. The Chamber’s main aim is to maintain a proper balance of growth, shopping convenience, work, and recreation within our community. In addition, the Chamber strives to make Panorama City the most attractive community in the area through cleanups and beautification efforts. The Chamber is proud of our civic and service groups and is confident that through our combined efforts, we shall achieve our aims and remain “The Heart Of The Valley”.

About Saul Mejia:

Saul Mejia is a seasoned TV and Radio Host, an Executive, Business Leader, International Entrepreneur, and Elected Official in Panorama City with over 20 years of experience in Leadership, Business administration, and Public Speaking.

He has vast experience in the entertainment industry, politics, and the business world. He has worked for several companies and is currently a TV and Radio Host for the Spanish TV Show “Sentido Comun” con Klaudia Lua, Additionally, he is the President of the Panorama City Chamber of Commerce, the President for Global Tech, a Board Member of the United Chambers of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley, Member of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA), Member of BizFed (Los Angeles County Business Federation), Member of the Hispanic Chamber of E-Commerce and a former Elected Business Representative of the Panorama City Neighborhood Council (City of L.A.) where he also served as the Commerce Committee Chair. He has received several awards including 2 Special Congressional Recognitions and the Prestigious AMVETS Medal (American Veterans of Foreign Wars).

About Platinum Banquet Hall:

Platinum Banquet Hall has years of experience planning and staging world-class events, from weddings and large corporate parties to quinceañeras. Our dedication to making every event a moment to remember is what makes them one of the top event venues in Los Angeles.

Platinum Banquet Hall employs only the absolute finest events staff. Their event planners are professionals in the industry of planning weddings, quinceañeras, engagement parties, large corporate events, and any other event you may want to host. Each and every one of their staff brings a passion and dedication to the job that shines in everything they do. Their mission is to keep our clients happy from beginning to end.

More info about the event:
http://panoramachamber.com/

Photo courtesy of Bob Delgadillo and Dan Kennedy

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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