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Regard Magazine Pre-ESPY Party in Bel Air

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.

CJ Lana Perry (L) and rockstar Rachel Lorin (R) at Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
CJ Lana Perry (C) with Antoine Holmes (L) and Spencer Holmes (R) at Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Event host CJ Lana Perry (L) with UFC Ring Girl of the year Arianny Celeste (C) and Gretchen Rossi (R) of RHOC (Real Housewives of Orange County)
Byron Chamberlain and Model. Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air.  Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

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.

Dimitry Loiseau (L), Owner of Regard Magazine, and guest. PreESPY Experience in Bel Air. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Lisa Morton Woodard (L) Publicist, Kimi Applegate (C), Owner of Beverly Hills Magazine, and  Rachel Lorin (R), Rock Singer at Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
John Baskin (L),  providing the Mercedes Benz Maybachs, and  Rick Egusquiza (R), Editor of In Touch Weekly and Life and Style Magazine at Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Antoine and Spencer Holmes, Twin Actors /Screenwriters at Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air.  Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Bai Ling, Actress at Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

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.

Spencer Holmes (L), Jerome Dawley (C), and Antoine Holmes (R) at Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Justin Peck (L),  Lucas Oil Off Road Champion, with guest at Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Lisa Morton Woodard (L) and Mia St. John (R) at Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Rachel Lorin cooling off at Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Mia St. John, 5 Time World Boxing Champion and Playboy Covergirl at Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

 

Lucas Oil Off-Road Driver & Mental Health Advocate, Justin Peck (L) and Publicist, Stacey Barker (R). Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Lisa Morton Woodard, Publicist, at Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

 

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.

Rapper, Too $hort (L) and model at Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

 

Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo
Tetona Jackson, Actress (L), and Choice Skinner, Actor (R) at Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

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.

Joey Davis, IceMan aka Black Ice (L),  Dimitry Loiseau (C), and Big Joey (R) at Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air.  Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

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.

Regard Magazine Senior Publicist Kelly K (L) with Trap Recording Artist Chef Sean (R)
Dustin Brown, Editor of HollywoodPressCorps, surrounded by models at Regard Magazine’s PreESPY Experience in Bel Air. Photograph by Marie Gregorio-Oviedo

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.

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance’s Sold Out Screenings

Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence Sells Out

On Friday, October 9th and Saturday, October 10th, Cinema Epoch presented two exclusive, sold out screenings of award-winning filmmaker Gregory Hatanaka’s Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance at the Laemmle Noho Theatre. The Martial Arts Museum in Burbank will also hosted a very special event on Saturday, October 10th at 4:30pm for all the rabid Samurai Cop 2 fans!

Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence poster
Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence poster

Los Angeles, CA , October 11, 2015 -Cinema Epoch presented exclusive sold out screenings of award-winning filmmaker Gregory Hatanaka’s Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance on Friday, October 9th and Saturday, October 10th, at the Laemmle Noho Theatre at 7:20pm. Hatanaka(Mad Cowgirl, Blue Dream) and the stars of the film conducted a Q and A after the film on both nights.  More screening dates to be announced soon.

Castmates Cranston Komuro, Bai Ling and Gerald Okamura. Bai's eye-catching outfit is a nod to the genre of the film
Castmates Cranston Komuro, Bai Ling and Gerald Okamura. Bai’s eye-catching outfit is a nod to the genre of the film

 

This much anticipated sequel to the legendary cult classic, Samurai Cop (1991), explores the dynamic duo of Detective Frank Washington (Mark Frazier) and Joe Marshall (Matt Hannon) who are teaming up once again in this action-packed tour de force. This time their mission is to solve a series of assassinations being committed by a secret group of sexy female vigilante killers.

Samurai Cop 2 Castmates Mathew Karedas and Dawna Lee Heising
Castmates Mathew Karedas and Dawna Lee Heising

Alongside the original cast, the film also stars iconic actors such as Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Black Belt Jones), Bai Ling (The Crow, Crank: High Voltage), Tommy Wiseau (The Room), Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop, Airplane II: The Sequel), Thomas J. Churchill (Lazarus: Apocalypse), Joe Estevez (Dexter), Dawna Lee Heising (Slink, Pond Scum), Kristine De Bell (The Big Brawl) and countless others. This film utilizes the innovative 35mm trend that is being used in the new Bond and Tarantino film. Lee Heising’s scene with Wiseau utilized this film method which was apropos as Hatanaka truly gave homage to the original film while keeping it fresh and current enough for modern day audiences, which also was a great fit for his eclectic cast.

Actress Laurene Landon who played a detective in the film
Actress Laurene Landon who played a detective in the film
Actor Mel Novak
Actor Mel Novak on the red carpet

“I’m a big fan of the first film and it’s amazing to work with the original cast as well as the new generation of cast members,” said Hatanaka. “I feel really blessed. I hope I did the ensemble justice. It helped to have reverence for the cast and I respected everyone’s work in it,” he added.

Actors Laurene Landon, Lisa London, actor-filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill, actor and journalist HPC's Vida G., actors Mel Novak, Amy Shi, and Ewart Chin
Actors Laurene Landon, Lisa London, actor-filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill, actor, voiceover artist and fashion blogger yours truly., actors Mel Novak, Amy Shi, and Ewart Chin

Tickets for these screenings can be purchased at this link: www.laemmle.com/films/39604

Actress Bai Ling blows a kiss to her birthday cake with her image on it
Actress Bai Ling blows a kiss to her birthday cake with her image on it

If that wasn’t enough to have quenched the fans thirst Samurai Cop 2 thirst, the stars of this film descended upon the Martial Arts Museum for a very special event on Saturday, October 10th at 4:30pm. This museum is located at 2319 W. Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank.  For their legions of rabid fans, there was be an exclusive red carpet photo session and an unveiling of the Flying Guillotine Display at the Museum that was graciously donated by Hatanaka. It was also the birthday of Samurai Cop 2 star Bai Ling, which was celebrated with a beautiful cake of Ling’s striking image in a glamorous outfit.

Celebrities and VIPs in attendance were Grand Master Eric Lee, producers Joseph Kelbie Williamson and Edwin Santos, actors Joe Estevez, Gerald Okamura, Lisa London, Lexi Belle, Yuka Sano, Amy Shi, Hank Garrett, Naoyuki Ikeda, Ramzi Abed, Shane Ryan, photographers Dan Kennedy and John Cox – and many more!

The trailer of the film can be seen at this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=996zhYei9Xw

Photos courtesy of Cineridge Entertainment

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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Advanced Screening of Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance

This afternoon I had the good fortune of seeing a super private advanced screening of  Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance with the film’s award-winning director, Gregory Hatanaka and star of the film Mathew Karedas in attendance.

Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence poster
Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence poster

This film had such an impressive ensemble cast and so much action, that you can’t fully take it in with just the one viewing.

Big congrats to Hatanaka for creating the much anticipated sequel to this legendary cult classic.  There were nods and homages to the original film for all the fans, but Hatanaka kept it fresh and often times humorous and I love that. I had many laugh out loud moments.

Samurai Cop 2 explores the dynamic duo of Detective Frank Washington (Mark Frazier) and Joe Marshall (Mathew Karedas ) who are teaming up once again in this action-packed tour de force. Both actors give  great performances. This time their mission is to solve a series of assassinations being committed by a secret group of sexy female vigilante killers.

And I was on the edge of my seat with all the action packed scenes. I love how Frazer often pans to the camera in such an effortless way that it really added to the comical moments of the film.

The supporting cast was wonderful as well. Bai Ling gives an epic performance. Laurene Landon (there’s a great reference for Hundra fans) is wonderful as the tough and brash detective. Mel Novak is also amazing in a very cunning role. Thomas J. Churchill is also wonderful in a nice character role. Dawna Lee Heising is hilarious in her scene with Wiseau, who gives a fun and funny standout performance. Cranston Komuro, Melissa Moore, Lexi Belle, Kristine DeBll, Mindy Robinson, Lisa London and everyone else in the cast that lights up the screen.

Kayden Kross gives a good performance and has mainstream cinema potential. Joe Estevez is great as the angry and brusque police chief. Add into the mix the return of Gerald Okamura (including a great flashback with him from the original movie).

 

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance Screens with a Vengeance!

 

Cinema Epoch proudly presents an exclusive screenings of award-winning filmmaker Gregory Hatanaka’s Samurai Cop2: Deadly Vengeance on Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10th, at the Laemmle Noho Theatre at 7:20pm. Hakanaka (Mad Cowgirl, Blue Dream) and the stars of the film will conduct a Q and A after the film. More screening dates to be announced soon.

Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence poster
Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengence poster

This much anticipated sequel to the legendary cult classic, Samurai Cop (1991), explores the dynamic duo of Detective Frank Washington (Mark Frazier) and Joe Marshall (Matt Hannon) who are teaming up once again in this star-studded action-packed tour de force. This time their mission is to solve a series of assassinations being committed by a secret group of sexy female vigilante killers.

 

Still of actress Bai Ling
Still of actress Bai Ling

 

Still of actress Laurene Langdon
Still of actress Laurene Landon

Alongside the original cast, the film also stars iconic actors such as Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Black Belt Jones), Bai Ling (The Crow, Crank: High Voltage), Tommy Wiseau (The Room), Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop, Airplane II: The Sequel), Thomas J. Churchill (Lazarus: Apocalypse), Joe Estevez (Dexter), Dawna Lee Heising (Slink, Pond Scum), Kristine De Bell (The Big Brawl) and countless others.

still of actor Mel Novak
still of actor Mel Novak

Tickets for these screenings can be purchased at this link: www.laemmle.com/films/39604

Still of actor Mathew Karedas
Still of actor Mathew Karedas
Still of actors Dawna Lee Heising and Tommy Wiseau
Still of actors Dawna Lee Heising and Tommy Wiseau
He wears his sunglasses at night! Still of actor and award-winning Thomas J. Churchill
He wears his sunglasses at night! Still of actor and award-winning filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill

If that wasn’t enough to quench your Samurai Cop 2 thirst, the stars of this film will descend upon the Martial Arts Museum for a very special event on Saturday, October 10th at 4:30pm. This museum is located at 2319 W. Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank. For their legions of fans, there will be an exclusive red carpet photo session and an unveiling of the Flying Guillotine Display at the Museum that was graciously donated by Hatanaka. It’s also the birthday of Samurai Cop 2 star Bai Ling, so please come out to join in on the festivities. Please note that this is a free event to accommodate the fans.

All photos courtesy of Cinema Epoch

 

 

 

 

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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Special Needs Network’s 10th Annual “Evening Under The Stars”

On October 3rd at Sony Pictures Studio lawn in Culver City, the Special Needs Network will have their 10th Annual “Evening Under The Stars.” This gala fundraiser will honor LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas with be bestowed the Everyday Advocate Award and  Google will be awarded the Trailblazer Award for their contribution to advancement of the special needs community. The reception, dinner and silent auction begin at 6 PM, with the awards show and live performances starting at 7:30 PM.

Event Invite
Event Invite

SNN President Areva Martin, Gala Chairs Hon. Herb Wesson Jr., Hon. Karen Bass, Hon. Isadore Hall III, presenting sponsors Sony, CBS and Toyota and several politicos on hand. Numerous stars including Kym Whitley, Bai Ling, Carla Ortiz  and many more adding to last year’s stellar turnout highlighted by Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates and Sheila E. Grammy-nominated artist B. Slade is evening’s musical director with a special performance by lauded artist Angie Fisher performing hot new hits and old school dance grooves.  Surprise, household name performers are expected to drop in.

Renowned actresses Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett flank SNN founder Areva Martin
Renowned actresses Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett with SNN founder Areva Martin

SNN, the first parent-driven organization to make issue of underserved kids with Autism a funding and policy priority for State, has helped over 40,000 families over last decade in marginalized communities. It is the lead organization in essential autism legislation including SB 946 which in 2011 mandated private health insurance companies to pay for autism therapies and the expansion for Medical to cover 70,000 low income kids with autism in 2014.  Along with St. John, SNN spearheaded the first and only autism community health center previously located in Compton which will open on the newly designed Martin Luther King Hospital campus later this year.

For more info, go to: http://snnla.org/

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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Actress Leni Rico Makes Her Mark

Actress Leni Rico has many talents. She’s not only a talented actress, but also was a professional athlete at one time. She was a professional basketball player for 11 years in her native country of Spain, yet she first started performing as a child in small neighborhood plays. Her true passion was always acting, though she loved playing basketball professionally and excelled at it.

Leni shines on the red carpet of the Golden Globes
Leni shines on the red carpet of the Golden Globes

Once she made the choice to go into acting full-time, she enrolled in the best acting, modeling and dancing schools in southern Spain. She soon started rapidly booking roles in film and pilots.  On a trip to Miami, she booked a role in a soap opera and she seriously thought about pursuing her acting career in the states. Soon she moved to LA.  “I chose LA because it´s the best place for actors,” said Leni.

Leni on set right before a shoot
Leni on set right before a shoot

Since she moved to LA, she has hit the ground running with many bookings and shoots. She also just signed with Avant Artists for representation. Recently Leni was one of the principals in the award-winning short film, For the Birds.  “It was a great experience. What a professional cast and crew with such accomplished Iranian actors and behind the scenes professionals. And it was based on a very sad, real life story. I also got to learn a bit of Farsi from the cast and crew on set,” said Leni.

This busy actress has a number of upcoming projects in the near future including the feature film City Limits, where she will play Myra opposite Bai Ling and Eric Etebari. She will play the role of Gloria in Who killed Jimmy Gumdrops, a feature film by Johnny Williams. She is also playing the lead role of Sarah in the touching romantic film Sarah and Eddie. Leni is also starring in Way of the Urban Soul as the lead opposite Lydia Cornell as well as Psychic Vision with David Fernandez. If that wasn’t enough, she’s acting in Revelations starring Eric Roberts and Emilio Roso as well as Love is All You Need with Ana Ortiz, Briana Evigan and Elisabeth Röhm. The sky is the limit for this talented actress.

More info about Leni at http://m.imdb.com/name/nm4359438/

 

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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