Category Archives: Red Carpet

The Nun and The Countess At Casa 101

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Los Angeles, CA — Wednesday , October 20th, 2021 — The Nun and The Countess – Based on the novel Sor Juana’s Second Dream by Alicia Gaspar de Alba. Co-Directed by Corky Dominguez. This is the story of the passionate romance between Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz, a 17th Century Mexican nun and the Countess Maria Luisa de Paredes, Vicereine of Mexico. Odalys Nanin stars as legendary Mexican nun Sor Juana, who wowed a Countess (played by Genevieve Joy and alternate Lee Ann Gutierrez) with poems that still live today.

Sor Juana is considered the most prolific poet of the golden age and the first feminist of the new world. She was named the tenth muse (the Sappho of the Americas). She was a musician, playwright and a Lesbian trapped in a nun’s habit. The poems to Lysi (Countess de Paredes) are woven into the dialogue of the play offering the audience a window into their intimate relationship in the confined world in which they lived. These are soul mates who are in a predicament where society’s rules forbid the consummation of their love.

WHERE:

CASA 0101 Theater 2102 East 1st Street LA, CA. 90033 

 WHEN:

 Limited Run:

Friday, October 22 – Sunday, November 7, 2021 

Friday & Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Sunday 5:00 p.m.

Advanced admission $30 Regular at the door: $40 

OPENING NIGHT – Red Carpet Gala 

Date: Friday, October 22

Tickets at:

www.machatheatre.org

Odalys Nanin is an award-winning playwright, director, producer, actress, and founder/artistic director of Macha Theatre/Films, the first and only Lesbian/Latinx Theater company in California. She has a recurring role as Brenda in Games People Play co-starring with Sarunas Jackson a TV series for BET. Ms. Nanin also co-starred with A.J. Cook and Shemar Moore in Criminal Minds and was a guest star in Jane the Virgin with Gina Rodriguez. She has written ten plays to date: FRIDA- Stroke of Passion, Love Struck, Garbo’s CubanLover, The Nun and the Countess, Beyond Love, Skin of Honey, The Adventures of the Lieutenant Nun, Naked in the Tropics, Lavender Love, & Marilyn: My Secret.

She’s also a Filmmaker and has written three screenplays, produced three short films and two documentaries. Ms Nanin’s plays have garnered LA Weekly Pick of the week, Backstage Critics Pick, LA Times Critic’s Choice, Best play by The Advocate and Curve Magazine. She was chosen by OUT Magazine as one out of 100 that made a difference in 2007. She is the recipient of three Drama Log theatre awards (for acting, directing, and producing), the Maverick Award (Women’s Theatre Festival), the Pat Parker Arts Award from (Christopher Street West) & Two Eddon award for FRIDA- Stroke of Passion. She was interviewed by CAREER GIRLS as a role model in theatre for young girls. 

Macha Theatre: is a non-profit organization under the 501C3 producing cutting edge plays, films & adaptations of classics about the Latinx LGBTQI experience. Our mission is to ameliorate the image of women and to build social, cultural & artistic bridges between the LGBTQI community and beyond. Sponsored in part by a grant from: East Side Arts Initiative, Los Angeles County Arts & Culture and California Community Foundation. Odalys Nanin is a graduate of The Drama Studio London and Rutgers University. 

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Celebrity Fashion Designer Sai Suman at the Acadamey of Motion Pictures Premiere Party

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — LOS ANGELES, CA — (September 30th, 2021) At the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Premiere Party on Wednesday, Sept. 29 in Los Angeles, celebrities including top fashion designers showed up in person making a BIG statement!

Sai Suman poses with Rebel Wilson at the Premiere Party. Photo by Erwin Glaub

Celebrity fashion designer, Sai Suman sparkled on the red carpet at the star-studded gala party event.

The event brought out major superstars including Robert Pattinson, H.E.R, Rebel Wilson, Zooey Deschanel, Finn Wittrock and many more.

Sai on the Red Carpet

Robert Pattinson, star of ‘The Batman’ and Grammy award-winning singer H.E.R. hosted the glamourous event.

Sai dazzled in a stunning bejewelled dress turning heads in her beautiful sequin design at the event.

The respected fashion designer is known for not only her incredible designs but also her stand-out stylish creations for Hollywood A-listers.

This premiere party comes days after The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures’ glamorous opening gala, which featured celebrities like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Olivia Rodrigo, Meg Ryan, Cher, and more.

The stars came out to celebrate the highly-anticipated museum, which will ‘celebrate the art and science of movies — past, present, and future.’ The museum will open to the public starting on September 30.

Checkout more photos of Sai Suman from the The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures premiere party on her Instagram page @saisumancouture

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In The Heights Premiere and Red Carpet 2021

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — HOLLYWOOD, CA — June 4th, 2021 — In The Heights premiered on HBO Max on June 10. Directed by Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu, with a screenplay by the musical’s original playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes. Music and lyrics are by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The opening at the TCL Chinese Theater was for the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival.

Benjamin Aguilar Levy Actor ~ Filthy Rich. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Carla Hool CEO Carla Hool Casting. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Carlos Rafael Bettencourt Director ~ The Lost Rafter. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Dolores Cantu CEO( of Candu Management. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman
Jeff Wallner CEO Wallner Media. Photo by Ellen Zuckerman

Danny Arroyo Actor, Producer ~ Songre Negra/Day Labor
Lorena Jorge Actor, Filmmaker ~ NCIS, BITNB
Vanessa Lua Actor, Writer, Producer Shameless


Director Jon M. Chu, Melissa Barrera, Leslie Grace, Stephanie Beatriz and Jimmy Smits were behind the velvet rope at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre. This event was one of the Hollywood’s first in person red carpets.

The Hollywood Press Corps had photographer Ellen Zuckerman on the red carpet.

Alejandro De Hoyos Actor, Producer ~ The Man from Toronto

The cast and crew was grateful that the film had come out. It had been scheduled got come out a year ago, but due to the pandemic, it was delayed. After a year of being alone and indoors, this movie is all about being outdoors and dancing in the streets. Hopefully people respond to the infectious grooves of In the Heights.

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Interview with Actress and Writer Vanessa Lua

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — (Feb. 27, 2020) — The Hollywood Press Corps got a chance to speak with actress Vanessa Lua. Vanessa can be seen on Season 10 of Shameless on Showtime. Vanessa is an actress, writer and host of WhatTheHellDidSheSay, a YouTube channel where she interviews celebrities.

Vanessa Luia at Yuko Kitchen in the Miracle Mile. Photo by Dustin Brown.

Hollywood Press Corps (HPC): We just saw you on Shameless as Aunt Telma! Please tell us about your experience in shooting this show.
It was an incredible opportunity. I got to work with an amazing cast and crew. They have been together for 10 years now so they are a big family and they were very welcoming to me, specially Ethan Cutcosky (Carl) who was very attentive with everyone, also, there is one scene where I get to sit on with the whole family on the couch and it was my first time meeting Shannola (V) and Steve (“Kevin”) and oh my god Shanola lights the room with her big smile. I love her and both received me with a big hug. I also had the opportunity to shoot in Chicago and it was my first time there. I got to meet John Wells and even share a Mexican candy with him.

Vanessa Lua with William H. Macy on Season 10 of Shameless on Showtime

HPC: What is William H. Macy really like?
Bill was very reserved but kind. He directed the second episode I was on and he did a great job. As an actor he was so good that I just have to react to his energy. I have to tell you I gave him some “chongos Zamoranos” , a Mexican candy handmade from my hometown Zamora. I was so nervous because I didn’t want to bother him and I knew it was my last chance to give it to him so when I got his attention I realized the container broke and it was a mess. I gave it to him, I told him to be careful when he open it and I ran away. We never spoke about it.

Vanessa Lua. Photo by Dustin Brown

HPC: Are you currently writing anything new?
Currently I’m promoting my short film LA DEGOLLADORA that is an official selection at the Pasadena International Film Festival. I wrote it, directed and acted so I am very excited to see it on the big screen. You can join me on Sunday, March 15 at 7:45 PM at Laemmle Playhouse 7. Get your passes at: https://www.pasadenafilmfestival.org

Vanessa Lua (center) in Season 10 of Shameless

HPC: You’re a model who has a connection with Texas. Could you tell us about that?
I’m one of the guest models for Fashion Cited, a charity event that benefits the Legal Hospice of Texas and features a stunning runway fashion presentation highlighting Dallas clothiers and designers.It is such an honor to walk in those beautiful outfits. Being a model was my childhood dream but unfortunately I don’t look like a model (I’m not even tall!) but that shows you that dreams come true. So keep dreaming and help people in need get legal help. You can get your tickets at https://legalhospice.org/events/

Vanessa Lua. Photo by Dustin Brown

HPC: What is your hometown? Could you tell us about it?
I am from Zamora, Michoacan, and you should add it to your next visit to Mexico. The food is amazing! Best tacos, pan dulce, papas cocidas, agues frescas! Zamora is know for the strawberries and “Los dulces del Portal” (that includes the chongos Zamoranos), and it has one of the most beautiful churches ” El Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe”. And if you drive 20 minutes north, you will find my favorite place on earth, El Lago de Camecuaro.

Vanessa Lua (R) as Aunt Telma in Shamless on Showtime

HPC: What’s it like to do celebrity interviews on the red carpet for whatthehelldidshesay?
I love my youtube channel WhatTheHellDidSheSay. It is a joy to talk to celebrities, find out how they overcome obstacles and ask them to say something in Spanish. I feel is a way to be a bridge between Hollywood Celebrities and the Latino audience.

Vanessa Lua during her interview with the Hollywood Press Corps

HPC: Do you have a favorite interview from whatthehelldidshesay?
It is so hard to pick a favorite interview, I love them all, they all are so special. Wait, I loved when I interviewed James Cameron and he directed me. I alsoI really enjoy talking to Topher Grace, specially because he retweeted the interview saying “Wait, is this my favorite interview ever?” And of course Josh Radnor who made me choose between a date or an interview. Check out my channel at www.whatthehelldidshesay.com

Vanessa Lua

HPC: What do you hope to achieve in 2020?

I’m currently performing improvised Comedy in Spanish with my troupe Impromundeando. I hope this year we get stronger as a team. All the members are very talented and hardworking and that is very inspiring. This year I want to focus more on my comedy writing, my stand up comedy and maybe a two person play. I also want to focus on my personal growth. I teach a recovery class at K2 CrossFit and that has taught me how important is to take care of your mind and body. I feel that this is a wish list so I am going to throw to win an Emmy out there.

Vanessa at Yuko Kitchen

HPC: What’s one thing that would surprise people to know about you?
I’m terrified of bicycles but I have done several triathlons. I still have my bike hanging on the wall of my studio apartment to remind me that fear might never disappear but that I have defeated it several times.

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.

The World’s Big Sleep Out Los Angeles

On a rainy night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, caring citizens and organizations alike gathered for the “World’s Big Sleep Out” in an effort to raise funds and awareness to Los Angeles and the world’s homelessness crisis. Presented by “Charity On Top”, the event also took place in 50 locations around the world. The event promotes the fight against homelessness by inviting participants to sleep outdoors for the night to express their solidarity with those experiencing having nowhere indoors to rest their heads. 

Live musical performances, food and informational booths set up by local advocates offered resources and contact information for those in need and for those wishing to contribute and raise awareness to those affected.

                       

Opportunities to donate immediately were available throughout the night via text and phone as contact numbers were viewed on big screens around the stage.

”Charity On Top” is an innovative ecosystem for individuals and companies who wish to infuse charitable giving with their lives and work and supports charities worldwide as well as local charities and initiatives, including Downtown Womens Center, Youth Emerging Stronger, West Coast Care, New Directions for Veterans, Los Angeles Mission, Union Rescue Mission, The People Concern, San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission and Everybody In powered by United Way of Greater Los Angeles. All of these organizations can be found by typing in all lower case with no spaces, followed by .org (example) westcoastcare.org

MC for the night was Sean Kingston with musical performances by Rip Tide Blues Band, Meghan Trainor, Randy Jackson All Star Band (featuring) Orianthi), Ellie Goulding, Ziggy Marley and the evening’s festivities ended with a bedtime story from Seth Green to calm the participants who were committed to and passionate enough to brave the chilly, rainy night outdoors in only sleeping bags.

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

Lumiere International Fashion Event Los Angeles 2019

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Hollywood, Ca — NOV 16TH, 2019 — An amazing gathering of international fashion experts occured in Hollywood this past Saturday. The Lumiere International Fashion event was held at the Industry Loft in Hollywood. Designers, performers and charity all merged for a one night exclusive fashion event. The red carpet was full of photographers hoping to get a shot of the latest fashion world attendees.

Aidas Reklys ~ World Class Skater and Entrepreneur. All photos by Dustin Brown

Savannah Kennick ~ Actress/Arrested Development

Anya Chen ~ Model

Event co-Producers Fionna Wong (L) with Laurent Meler (R)

This happening event was produced by Meler Productions. Laurent Meler and Fionna Wong are co-founders of Meler Productions. They created a fashion event where individuals in the fashion world could connect. Fionna is passionate about fashion and Laurent has a background in international business relations. They worked all night to create an exciting and very hip fashion event of up and comers.
The event was hosted by Julien Tshikuna. Julien is a citizen of the world who does stand up comedy in the Los Angeles area. Julien kept the runway show going with jokes about his time in Belgium and the Congo.
The charity partner for the event was Beauty for Freedom (BFF). This non-profit is dedicated to empowering survivors of human trafficking and at-risk youth by providing unique and supporting recovery that emphasizes creativity and skills training Creativity has been proven to help survivors rebuild their lives and puts them on the road to independence. BFF has helped over 3000 survivors of human trafficking since 2014. They are known all over the world for their artists, art, photography, music and dance. www.beautyforfreedom.org

Marcus the Millionaire

David Christopher Lee ~ Photographer and Director

Lumiere International Fashion Show red carpet

Sasha Kerbel

One of the coolest things that I’ve seen at a fashion event is the use of a live piano player. Cody Gilette played a grand piano and it sounded amazing. Cody is a pianist, a music director, and a composer since he was a boy. Cody is a modern day composer who loves opera. Cody has composed several operas and musicals. Most recently, he completed a musical based on Albert Camus’ “Caligula”.
To kick the runway show off, Saya Fujihara did a modern dance that was really fun to watch. Saya began her dance studies in Kyoto when she was four years old. Her main study is contemporary dance, jazz and ballet. I would call her dance piece a sort of interpretive dance. She seemed to translate the excitement of the evening into dance piece.

Annemarie Bruno

Rachelle Henry ~ Actress

Sanjini ~ Actress and Producer “Eye of the Empress”

There were several designers whose designs graced the runway. Of course, Parris Harris was backstage coordinator.  The show had a stylish vibe. Fashion designer Ximena Valero is a visionary in the fashion world since she was a kid in Mexico. Ximena Valero Corporation is an international brand that produces, distributes and sells women’s designer clothing around the world. The designs that they had on the runway were unique. The crowd really seemed to like the designs.

Tori Kay ~ Singer

On the red carpet at the Lumiere International Fashion Show 2019

Tristan Myers (L) with Marek Myers (R)

Lola Raie ~ Actress

DaSha Olivarez ~ Actress

Jennifer Felts is from Dallas. Her love of Japanese culture can be seen in the logo for her brand. Literally it says – Tokyo Twiggy. This was a nickname she got in high school because she was so skinny and she loved Japanese culture. Jenn is known for making her own fabrics and designs.
K. Lee Marie was in attendance and took her time posing for photos on the red carpet. She was really enjoying the event. Her latest song came out this month called “Let Go”. IG @k.lee.marie.music

Anderson Zane ~ Actor

On the runway

The evening was so much fun. People arrived early and the runway was packed with enthusiastic celebrities who came to see the latest fashions. The after party kicked off after the runway and it was a great chance to met new people.
The Hollywood Press Corps looks forward to the next International fashion event!

Dustin Brown

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