Category Archives: Red Carpet

4th Annual Griot Gala Oscars After Party

The 4th Annual Griot Gala was held on March 27th at the famous BOA Steakhouse on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. Hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, many celebrities walked the red carpet while many more attended the after party inside.


Designed and produced by Dwight Eubanks and Annette Bibby Oliver of Dreamhouse MBG, beautiful design surrounded the red carpet as well as transformed the interior of BOA Steakhouse where the after party continued well into the evening.

Honorees for the evening’s event were Phylicia Rashad of “The Cosby Show”, Cheech Marin of “Cheech and Chong” and Renee Lawless of “The Haves and Have Nots”.

Walking the red carpet were Debbie Allen, William Stanford (Abbot Elementary), Taja V. Simpson (The Oval), CJ Franco (HBO MAX), Meosha Davis, Megan Pormer (FOX TV Host), Kizzo, Caitlin O’Connor (model and actress), Petri Hawkins-Byrd (Judge Judy), Daniele Lawson (King Richard) and many more. Griot Gala attracts more attention and grows by the year, promising a bigger and brighter next year on Oscar night.

INFOLIST RED CARPET PRE-OSCARS PARTY

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Sunset Strip — Thursday, March 24th, 2022 —So many stars on hand at Jeff Gund’s Annual Birthday Party at the SkyBar in swanky West Hollywood. David Zucker From Airplane! fame was yucking it up on the red carpet. The Hollywood Press Corps dispatched our top photographer, Ellen Zuckerman, to cover the event.

Jeff Gund with guest

Legendary film executive Richard Walters, known for his Oscar-Winning film Whiplash, the Oscar-Nominated DRIVE with Ryan Gosling, the Oscar-Nominated Nightcrawler with Jake Gyllenhaal and the Golden Globe nominated Bobby with Emilio Estevez and Lindsay Lohan was mingling with movie makers. Jim Herzfeld  from the Oscar-Nominated film Meet The Parents and Meet The Fockers both starring Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro was also on hand. The Hollywood Press Corps also saw actress Kara Wang – Good Trouble Shanghai Calling. Over on the red carpet were Joe Ochman – appearing in the OSCAR-NOMINATED Ernest and Celestine, voice actor on Red Dead Redemption, Fallout 4, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, World of Warcraft, Life Is Strange, Digimon, Space Jam, and actor on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lois and Clark. We spotted Steve Straka – producer, Bayou Caviar (directed by and starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., with Famke Janssen, and Richard Dreyfuss) and Growing Up Smith (starring Jason Lee and Hilarie Burton), Lucas Lockwood – appearing in Ballers on HBO, Rosewood, Amir Mo – writer/director of The Sex Addict, featuring Horatio Sanz (Saturday Night Live) and Ken Davitian (Borat), Chris Gore – editor of FilmThreat.com, Casey Dacanay – guest starring on Scorpion on CBS, Robert Craighead – Future Man, Too Close To Home, New Girl, The Bold and the Beautiful, Adrienne Wilkinson – Star Trek, Venice The Series, Xena: Warrior Princess, Thomas J. Churchill – Director Nations Fire, Rack Pack, Emerging Past, Check Point,

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NEW FASHION STAR SPOTTED IN TOWN! CELEBRITY FASHION DESIGNER SAI SUMAN APPEARS On THE RED CARPET WITH MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL AT THE 27th ANNUAL CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS

(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Worldwide — Sunday, March 13th, 2022 — Sai Suman just donned her New Spring/Summer’22 collection’s Custom couture Crystal gown at the 2022 Critics Choice Awards looking ravishing, and it deserves ALL the commotion.

(L-R) Maggie Gyllenhaal and fashion designer Sai Suman (Footage by Adam Finmann )


But the Surprise factor was that Sai Suman walked the red carpet with Hollywood & paparazzi’s favourite actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. They both looked stunning in neutral colours complimenting each other’s style and exchanging smiles for the paparazzi. I must say they both looked so stunningly extravagant and glamorous.

(L-R) KRISTEN DUNST AND CELEBRITY DESIGNER SAI SUMAN

Sai has been known for couture designs worn by Hollywood A-listers and her designs have been photographed on red carpet events, which includes – the Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, the Cannes Film Festival and many more. Nothing seems to stop her. She has also been appearing in talk shows and on news networks as a fashion expert and has been a prominent face attending the red carpet events as well. Sai has been showcasing in many international platforms presenting her collections at premieres and highly acclaimed top fashion show events globally. 

The amazing Sai Suman

Sai Suman and her designs are getting rapidly popular amongst the stars and award events with her presence and appearances. 

(L-R) SAI SUMAN WITH KRISTEN WIIG

Her photos from the recent Critics Choice Awards says it all. Sai was not only seen with Maggie Gyllenhaal on the red carpet but has been also seen with actress Kristen Dunst. Her long time actor cliente, Lakeith Stanfield, whom Sai has styled in the past and was titled best dressed by Vogue and many news channels. Actress singer Kristin Chenoweth was seen singing at the party and exchanged few dance moves with Sai. And Sai couldn’t stop praising and adoring actress Kristen Wiig who has been Sai Suman’s all time favourite. 

“This was definitely a memorable and long awaited fun event attended since the pandemic,” said Sai Suman.

(L-R) SAI SUMAN WITH ACTRESS/SINGER KRISTIN CHENOWETH 

The 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards was held at the Fairmont Century Plaza on March 13, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. It was completely brimful with Hollywood’s Who’s Who at the red carpet at the awards. 

SAI SUMAN WITH ACTOR LAKEITH STANFIELD

We hope to see more of Sai Suman with more fashion surprises her sleeves to come and her creations donned on the red carpet by celebrities. 

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Ugly sweater after party

An “Ugly Sweater” after party for OxeFit, hosted by NBA player Dwight Howard and arranged by PR Firm Jade Umbrella was held at SOHO Warehouse in Los Angeles following the Lakers/Suns game on Tuesday, December 21, 2021.

VIP attendees were encouraged to wear their ugliest Christmas sweaters and many walked the red carpet showing off their hideous attire, some simply wowed with their individual style.


VIP attendees walking the red carpet included, Tara V. Simpson (BET’s “The Oval , Caitlin O’Connor, Newton Mayage (HBO’s “Winning Time”, George Daniels, Austin Dotson, Amin Joseph (FX’s “Snowfall”, Jimmie Allen (CMA’s “New Artist of the Year”, Anis Maknojia (Actor/Producer), Lamar Odom and Rab Shanabeh (Chairman and CEO of OxeFit).

Rab Shanableh
Caitlin O’Connor

Jimmie Allen

Celebrating the launch of OxeFit commercial use unit as well as OxeFit’s XS1 home fitness unit, all proceeds from event helped fund “Shields for Families”, a non profit organization that serves high risk families in South Los Angeles. Visit ShieldsforFamilies.com for more information.


Actor/Producer Anis Maknojia

Music was spun by DJ Millie, DJ Kayla Collins, DJ Cassidy and DJ Drama with an open bar and appetizers for all attendees. A beautiful night for an ugly sweater during holiday season in Los Angeles.

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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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.

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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.