The Lucky Strikes Films Studio proudly presents their second annual Lucky Strikes Films Festival, which will take place on Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts. Multi talented and acclaimed filmmaker Romane Simone is the founder of this esteemed film festival.
Celebrities in attendance are Grammy winning Singer-Songwriter Eric Bellinger, Emmy winning actress Judi Evans (Days of Our Lives), actor Sean Faris star (Pretty Little Liars, Sleepover, Never Back Down,I am not for sale: The Fight to End Human Trafficking), Mel Novak (star of Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, an Eye for an Eye opposite Chuck Norris and Steve McQueen: American Icon opposite Mel Gibson), Noel Gugliemi (Training Day, Bruce Almighty, Fast and Furious), actor and filmmaker Harley Wallen (Bennett’s Song), actress Kaiti Wallen (Into A Dark Mind) filmmaker Dustin Ferguson (Nemesis 5: The New Model), actress Dawna Lee Heising (Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance), actress Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project), TV personality Raquel Lee (BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood), rap artist C-TRU, musicians Jeff Chery (VH1’s Signed) and Yung (famously known for the hit song “Teach me how to Dougie”), noted entertainment attorney Nadia Davari and many more.
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On Wednesday Sept 26th, Betrayed will have its world premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatres 6 in 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028.
This much anticipated action crime thriller from multi award-winning actor and filmmaker Harley Wallen, “Betrayed,” has a wonderful ensemble cast consisting of Richard Tyson, John Savage, Billy Wirth, TJ Storm, Yan Birch, Kaiti Wallen, Calhoun Koenig, Angelina Danielle Cama and Blanca Blanco.
Numerous celebrities and VIPs are expected at this event such as filmmaker/actor Harley Wallen (Bennett’s Song), Richard Tyson (Kindergarten Cop), John Savage (The Thin Red Line), Billy Wirth (The Lost Boys), TJ Storm (Punisher: War Zone), Kaiti Wallen (Into A Dark Mind), Yan Birch (The People Under the Stairs), Calhoun Koenig (Bennett’s Song), Angelina Danielle Cama (Moving Parts) and Blanca Blanco (Fake News). Other celebrities expected are Jake Busey (The Predator), Scout Taylor-Compton (Rob Zombie’s Halloween 1 and 2), Tom Berenger (Platoon), Billy Zane (Titantic), Tara Reid (American Pie), Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story), Aki Aleong (Babylon 5), Dave Sheridan (Scary Movie), Hank Garrett (Three Days of the Condor), Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death), Dawna Lee Heising (Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance), Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project), Jimmy Star and Ron Russell (The Jimmy Star Show with Ron Russell), Erika Hoveland (Before I Wake) and Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp).
PARKING: Park for up to 4-hours for $2 with validation from the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres. ($2.00 every 20 minutes thereafter).
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(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 — Pitchoun! held a successful grand opening of its second location at the Beverly Center last week in Los Angeles.Located at the world famous Beverly Center this event celebrity influncers and actors from sdsdf silver screen and the internet. Guests walked the red carpet at the Pitchoun Bakery Grand Opening including actress Celeste Thorson (How I Met Your Mother, Jimmy Kidddmmel Live!, The Exes), film producer Michael Gruskoff (Young Frankenstein, Prelude to a Kiss), YouTube star Matthieu Lange, actress, and influencer Elisakh Hagia, and TV reality stars Sebastien and Bryan Dubois among many others.
Drinks & mini bites were served as well as an opportunity to win a private lesson with Pitchoun’s pastry chef, breakfast delivery, a fine gourmet gift basket with a Boiron Basket of Health, and a Caudalie express facial. All proceeds from the tickets benefited the Pediatrics Department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The ribbon-cutting took place at 3 pm, with representatives of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce; Mrs. Genevieve Morrill, Chamber President and CEO; Mrs. Tracy Paaso, Chamber Director of Membership and Events; Mr. Keith Kaplan, Board Chair; Mr. Ralph Barnes, Board Member and General Manager of the Beverly Center; and Mrs. Lauren Goldstein, Chamber Office Manager. Sponsors icluded: Sünder, Boiron, Zadig & Voltaire, Diptyque, Evian, Ba&sh, Caudalie, and Mod’s Hair.
Pitchoun! Bakery is a family-owned business run by husband-and-wife team Frédéric and Fabienne Souliès, Pitchoun! (which means “kiddo” in French) is the result of the couple’s deep passion and history for bread and baking.
Having grown up in his grandfather’s bakery, Frédéric comes from a long line of French bakers and farmers. Fabienne inherited her knowledge of Mediterranean cuisine with an Italian twist from her parents. Backed by a supporting cast of experienced French chefs, Pitchoun! deftly brings French savoir-faire and culinary techniques to California.
BEL AIR, California (JULY 17th, 2018) — The Hollywood Press Corps attended Regard Magazine’s Pre-ESPY Experience 2018, a celebrity filled party in Bel Air, California. Dimitry Loiseau’s Regard Magazine along with Grand Marnier, Lyft and Soul Restaurant sponsored a sun filled afternoon of luxury cars, sports stars and delicous handcrafted cocktails. This event was held in celebration of The ESPY’S hosted by CJ Lana Perry, the cover celebrity of this month’s annual sports edition of Regard Magazine. Event host CJ Lana Perry is a WWE Diva on E’s WWE Diva show. She walked the red carpet and posed for photos with guests and VIPs.
Pro Bowler and former Denver Bronco Byron Chamberlain looked stylish on the step and repeat. Byron is a former American football tight end in the NFL, who played with the Denver Broncos, the Minnesota Vikings, and the Washington Redskins. Byron won back-to-back Super Bowl Championships as a member of the Denver Broncos (Super Bowls XXXII & XXXIII). Byron and actor Steve Cederquist co-host a show for Rio Vista Universal called The Front Lines. We asked Steve Cederquist about the HGTV reality show “Flip or Flop”. He was happy to talk about his love for flipping properties and remodeling homes. Steve shared that he also just appeared in the short film “REASON”(2018) directed by Graeme Finlayson.
This event was at an incredible location at the top of Sepulveda Pass. The upscale home of Kimi Applegate, owner of Beverly Hills Magazine, featured a swimming pool and two separate putting greens. John Beskin of Mercedes Benz provided three luxury model Maybach’s on the front lawn. Actress Bai Ling posed for photos in front of the stunning cars with VIPs. Former pro basketball player turned designer and actor, Jason Faulknor, walked the red carpet. Dr. Sam Nguyen was on hand with her husband Chris Luong. Dr. Nguyen is a Ms National Woman of Achievement recipient. She was awarded a Lifetime Presidential Award from President Obama in 2015. Antoine and Spencer Holmes (Transformers) caused double vision in identical outfits and Justin Peck, Lucas Oil Off Road Champion graced us with his presence.
World Champion Boxer Mia Saint John was shadow boxing as she posed for photos on the red carpet. Mia has a foundation where she helps the homeless. She is currently working on a documentary film. Check out Mia’s Foundation website here: Mia Saint John Foundation. Rachel Lorin looked fabulous on the step and repeat. Rachel debuted on the Billboard ROCK charts and is working on a new album to be released next year. She was featured on Oxygen/E Networks show “Next Big Thing.” Follow Rachel Lorin on Instagram here.
The celebrities and VIPs moved from the red carpet to the back yard where guests were treated to gifts from the many sponsors. Rapper Too$hort and Boxer “Ice Man” Joey Davis were among the crowd. The gazebo by the pool was full of VIPs that were relaxing in the shade.
Bottled water from Sobaba was gifted to the thirsty party goers. Working together with local food banks, Sobaba’s mission is to make childhood hunger a thing of the past. When you buy a bottle, a meal is donated. Jen Oloo’s Yahooty Who? Puppets were at the party and posing for Insta photos. The Yahooty Who? project kickstarts an animated feature based on her Puppets.
By the end of the afternoon, guests that were leaving the event were treated to complimentary luxury level rides on Lyft and giftbags featuring puppets by Yahooty Who?, iPhone charging cables by Cords of Steel and other unique gifts, given out as thoughtful momentos of the afternoon.
On Saturday, May 19th, many celebrities and luminaries in the martial arts world will be inducted into the prestigious USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame at their gala at the Doubletree Hilton at 6161 West Centinela in Los Angeles. Celebrities awarded at the gala are legendary actor and master Stephen Lang (Avatar), legendary action star Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Steve McQueen: American Icon opposite Mel Gibson), legendary action star Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop 1 and 2, Sky opposite Norman Reedus), multi award-winning actress, model and martial artist Dawna Lee Heising (Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance opposite Tommy Wiseau, Nemesis 5: The New Model), multi award-winning filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill (Check Point, Nation’s Fire) and multi award- winning actress and HPC’s very own Vida G. (The Mindy Project, Jimmy Kimmel Live). Additionally, Vida will be the first person of Iranian descent to be bestowed this prestigious award. Legendary action star Gloria Hendry (Live and Let Die), former five time world kickboxing champion and former four time sport karate champion and filmmaker Robert Parham, five time world karate kick champion and action star Kathy Long, filmmaker and martial Art Camacho, grandmaster Eric Lee, master and action hero Dan Southworth (The Scorpion King), actress Joycelyne Lew (The Big Brawl), master Brian Kula Fung, martial artist and performer Alan Koa, and martial artist and dancer Michelle Manu will also be awarded. Dr. Robert Goldman who will receive the Living Legend Award, special guest of honor and creator of the TV series Kung Fu, Ed Spielman and many more. Martial Artist and stand-up comic Mark Hoadley will be opening the gala with his unique style of stand-up comedy. Sifu Hoadley is a 3 time Hall of Fame inductee and last year’s Alliance inductee. Mark frequently performs at The World Famous Comedy Store, The Ice House and the Clown House. For the first time ever, it will be a mini Black Belt Jones reunion with stars Gloria Hendry and Mel Novak with a special tribute to Jim Kelly.
This renowned Hall of Fame was founded by Grandmaster Jim Thomas, Ph.D./D.Sc./Ma.Dsc. Dr. Thomas is a 10th degree grand master and is recognized as one of 20 worldwide. He has been active in the martial arts for over half a century. In addition to serving as the head coach for Team USA, he was inducted into 6 various martial arts ‘Hall of Fame’ institutions and listed in ‘Who’s – Who’ in the world of Martial Arts. Grandmaster Thomas has won over 200 awards and trophies and served in the U.S. Air Force for 7 years during the Vietnam Evacuation Era. He was a former athlete for the USA World Class Competition Team and has appeared in over 8 Martial Arts Motions pictures.
The U.S.A. Martial Arts ‘Hall of Fame’ “Hall of Heroes” was originally created in 1976 by Grand Master Robert Trias, the first man to open a martial arts school in the U.S. In its beginning it was very small in nature and was done spontaneously at various Martial Arts functions. Grandmaster Thomas and Mike Day were called upon to orchestrate this function into what it is today. Even with the passing of Grandmaster Trias and Day, Thomas has kept this event alive himself and includes new exciting things each and every year! This event actually spans three days from May 19th to May 21st with seminars and classes and the gala being on the 19th.
(Hollywood Press Corps) — Friday, April 20, 2018 —The 5th Annual Light Up The Blues – Autism Speaks 2018 was hosted by Kristen and Stephen Stills. Producers, directors, musicians, actors and comedians came out for the cause. When MC Jack Black was asked by Yours Truly on the blue carpet, “Show me Sexy,” Jack Black obligingly posed (see below – haha!) Autism Speaks Board Member, Chuck Saftler was on the blue carpet with his wife, as well as Paula Salvatore, Capitol Records Vice President with her date. The Stills Family and The Producers of Autism Speaks, Anthony Young Evip, Raoul Mongilardi, and Brandon Cohen, also made their appearances on the blue carpet. Christina Applegate, Amy Brenneman, Kim Raver, and the always funny Sarah Silverman were also present to lend their support. Christopher Bollenback, owner of Bottega Louie, John Asher, and Michael Frondelli also showed their support on the blue carpet.
Spectrum artist Amanda Anderson walked the blue carpet and gave an amazing operatic performance later on the main stage. Tyler Kilmer came with his loving Mom and a large fan base. He posed for pictures on the blue carpet then played a soulful jazz trumpet number. Soulshocka posed for photos on the blue carpet with his trademark dark sunglasses. His performance on stage was striking and powerful, rapping about the challenges on being on the autism spectrum.
At one point in the evening, Jack Black auctioned of three Gretch guitars that were signed by the evenings celebrities. Each guitar went for $25,000.00, with Jack Black matching their bids for a total of $100,000 – the proceeds going to Autism Speaks.
Stephen Stills performing with Neil Young, with the Heartbreakers as the backing band was powerful, to say the least. A few of the Buffalo Springfield songs they jammed to were “Long May You Run”, “For What It’s Worth” and “Mr. Soul.” This concert was amazing in its lineup and the performances. The backup band was comprised of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers – Belmont Tench (keyboards), Mike Campbell (guitar) and Steve Ferrone (drums). The night went on with performances by Judy Collins, Patti Smith, Burt Bacharach, Sheryl Crow, Beck, Chris Stills and Oliver Stills. In addition to this amazing musical line up, comedian Jack Black was the MC for the evening, performing his version of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” (haha!)
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions like challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. Research has shown that there is not one autism but many subtypes. Each person with autism can have unique strengths and challenges. Most are caused by a combination of genetic and environmental influences, and many are accompanied by medical issues like seizures, sleep disturbances and gastrointestinal disorders. The CDC estimates that 1 in 68 children are in the autism spectrum.
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions across the spectrum for the needs of the individual with autism and their families. They do this through advocacy and support. Autism Speaks seeks to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism. They raise money to fund research into the causes of autism. They also seek to provide better interventions for autism spectrum disorder.
The Universe Multicultural Film Festival (UMFF) was held last Friday, April 6th to Sunday, April 8th. A number of events happened in 4 venues in Palos Verdes Peninsula cities. Hundreds of filmmakers from Hollywood and aboard met in the beautiful peninsula for a full 3 days of film, fashion, finance, and multicultural harmony. All events were open to the public by purchasing admission tickets online. The honorees of UMFF were nominated by audiences worldwide.
The opening gala was on Friday, April 6th. The Masters of Ceremony were Magi Avila, Isabelle Hu and Mark Justice. Some South bay local artists performed in the opening gala: Jayme Claire sang the National Anthem to open the ceremony, Dan McNay sang songs to welcome film maker from worldwide. Young dancer Cady Mariano from San Diego performed her fantastic solo dance.
A number of industry panel discussions were held in UMFF, which are in the area of screenwriting; production; pitching-and-catching and distribution, plus a working with China panel discussion. A number of well-know Hollywood film personalities shared their experiences with the audiences. James Cullen Bressack; Jacob N. Stuart, Carolina de Athey, Zack Van Eyck, Marilyn Anderson will have open discussions with screenwriters. Alisa Reyes, Michael Baumgarten, Michael Matteo Rossi, Elisabeth White gave film producing tips. John Rodsett, Rick Rieger, Bill H McKinney, Mark Sonoda, Lynn Tang and Rosario Elenawill shared their knowledge in distribution the films to worldwide market. A Chinese film maker delegation of 20 told their stories and shared their insider view of how to make films in China.
Two live shows, the Maeya Culture Ambassador Contests and the screenplay showcases, were present at the reception gala at Saturday night April 7th. The gala hosts were Carolina de Athey, Linda Wong and young Hollywood star Kayley Stallings. The festival juries shared their judgment points and views. UMFF art juries committee members shared the title winners. The jury’s members include international beauty title winners, models, actress, producers and directors.
The film Market session was held in Sunday afternoon April 8th. Multiple film projects did casting, interviews for directors, DP, Scrip doctor, composers, etc.
The famous rainbow red carpet and award ceremony was hosted at the RHCC Community center in Rolling Hills Estates, the Host team was Mark Justice, Isabelle Hu, Magi Avila. The award presenters were Vanessa Branch (Hollywood), Danny Pardo (Argentina), Sarina (Mongolia), Aki Aleong (Hollywood), festival jury members Eric Brodeur; Dallas King; Ian Fischer; Wei Zheng (China). The ceremony performers are Nityashetra Dance School (Disseminating classical Indian heritage), Wayne Collins and his band (Hollywood); Xi Opera (China); and Mongolian folk songs. Legendary actor Aki Aleong (Walker, Texas Ranger, V) bestowed awards upon Actress Vida Ghaffari (Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Mindy Project) with a Trailblazer Award and Oscar and Emmy winner Gene Warren Jr. (Terminator 2: Judgement Day, The Winds of War) with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Every year, first weekend of April, the UMFF brings worldwide movie stars and cultures shining at the peninsula. Please join in. More info at http://www.umfilms.org
The Universe Multicultural Film Festival (UMFF) will be held this Friday April 6th to Sunday, April 8th. A number of events will happen in 4 venues in Palos Verdes Peninsula cities. Hundreds of filmmakers from Hollywood and aboard will meet in the beautiful peninsula for a full 3 days of film, fashion, finance, and multicultural harmony. All events are open to the public by purchasing admission tickets online. The honorees of UMFF are nominated by audience worldwide.
The opening gala will be hosted this Friday, April 6th. The Masters of Ceremony will be from Hollywood, actor Prince Jordan Tyson and super model Anna Vallefuoco. South bay two local artists will perform in the opening gala: Jayme Claire will sing the National Anthem to open the ceremony, Dan McNay will sing songs to welcome film maker from worldwide. Young dancer Cady Mariano from San Diego will perform her fantastic solo dance.
A number of industries panel discussions will be held in UMFF, which are in the area of screenwriting; production; pitching-and-catching and distribution, plus a working with China panel discussion. A number of well-know Hollywood film personalities will share their experiences with the audiences. James Cullen Bressack; Jacob N. Stuart, Carolina de Athey, Zack Van Eyck, Marilyn Anderson will have open discussions with screenwriters. Alisa Reyes, Michael Baumgarten, Michael Matteo Rossi, Elisabeth White will address the film produce tips with producers. John Rodsett, Rick Rieger, Bill H McKinney, Mark Sonoda, Lynn Tang and Rosario Elena will share their knowledge in distribution the films to worldwide market. A delegation of 20 Chinese film makers will tell their stories and share their insider view of how to make films in China. Check the UMFF schedule for the time of the individual panel discussions. http://umfilms.org/Event.html
Two live shows, the Maeya Culture Ambassador Contests and the screenplay showcases, will be present at the reception gala at Saturday night April 7th. This gala hosts will be Carolina de Athey, Linda Wong and young Hollywood star Kayley Stallings. The festival juries will share their judgment points and views. UMFF art juries committee members will decides the title winners. The jury’s members include international beauty title winners, models, actress, producers and directors.
The film Market session will be held in Sunday afternoon April 8th. Multiple film projects will do casting, interviews for directors, DP, Scrip doctors, composers, etc.
The famous rainbow red carpet and award ceremony will be hosted at the RHCC Community center in Rolling Hills Estates, the Host team will be Mark Justice, Sonya Kreizman, Magi Avila. The award presenters will be Vanessa Branch (Hollywood), Danny Pardo (Argentina), Sarina (Mongolia), Aki Aleong (Hollywood), festival jury members Eric Brodeur; Dallas King; Ian Fischer; Wei Zheng (China). The ceremony performers are Nityashetra Dance School (Disseminating classical Indian heritage), Wayne Collins and his band (Hollywood); Xi Opera (China); and Mongolian folk songs. Actress and HPC’s own Vida G. (Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Mindy Project) will be bestowed with an award.
Every year, first weekend of April, the UMFF brings worldwide movie stars and cultures shining at the peninsula. Please join in. More info at http://www.umfilms.org
Film screening venues:
Peninsula Center Library (701 Silver Spur Rd; Rolling Hills Estates; CA90274)
Fred Hesse Community Park, McTaggart Hall (29301 Hawthorne Blvd; Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca 90275)
Malaga Cove Library (2400 VíaCampesina, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274)
Film Panels, Market and gala venue: Fred Hesse Community Park, McTaggart Hall (29301 Hawthorne Blvd; Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca 90275)
Red Carpet and Award Ceremony Venue: RHCC Community Center (735 Silver Spur Rd; Rolling Hills Estates; CA90274)
(DOWNTOWN, LOS ANGELES) – March 31st, 2018 – The Hollywood Press Corps was at the historic Los Angeles Theater for the 6th Annual Rock Against MS event. Comedians Craig Gass and Hal Sparks co-hosted a night of music, fund raising and awards.
This special night was created to raise awareness and educate the public about multiple sclerosis, while raising money to build the first of many MS resource centers across the Nation. The goal is to build an outreach program service aptly name The ROCK HOUSE.
So many celebrities, actors and musicians came out to help raise funding and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. Photographer Marie Gregorio-Oviedo was there to capture the celebrities as they walked the red carpet and rocked the iconic Los Angeles Theater.
This past Sunday, March 4th, the Iranian Circle of Women’s Intercultural Network (#ICWIN) proudly presented an International Women’s Day (#IWD) celebration at the Grand Ballroom at 4101 E Willow Street in Long Beach and HPC’s Vida G. was truly honored to be their event MC. This momentous event took place from 12:30-3:30pm and had many artists and activists in attendance.
#ICWIN was honored to have had Dr. Niaz Kasravi, a national expert and advocate on criminal justice, social justice and racial justice as the keynote speaker. Gloria Arellanes, the elder of Tongva/Los Angeles who for more than 40 years has been at the forefront of the Chicana and indigenous movements started the program.
Hanieh Jodat Barnes, Director of the Partnership of the Women’s March Foundation LA moderated a panel of candidates running for public office in Orange County including Kia Hamadanchy (Candidate from District 45) and Rachel Payne (Candidate from District 48), who are running for Congress as well as Farrah Kahn (running for Irvine City Council) and Mona Ghalbi (Volunteer/Advocate at #NextGenAmerica). Other speakers were activists Elahe Amani (Global Chair of ICWIN) and Sudi Farokhnia (Steering Committee of ICWIN). Vida also acknowledged the work of her grandmother, suffragist, educator and poet, Ashraf Meshkati, during the event.
The talented violinist Justina Jones who played the violin while attendees enjoyed the art gallery. The dance group of NKauj Hmoob Long Beach brought joy to the stage on this International Women’s Day. A rising star, soprano at the age of 15, Ponthea Zahraii, will took the stage.
The Circle is focused on raising consciousness on issues related to Iranian women both inside Iran and in the diasporas. In addition, the Circle aims to serve as a bridge, not only connecting the Iranian women’s communities, but also is in line with the idea of intersectionality in connecting them with other women of race, color, ethnicity, social and economic standing at a global level. Tickets are available at: