Tuesday, September 28, 2010

LAEDC Announces Forever 21 Founder, Do Won Chang, as its Individual Eddy® Award Honoree

Founder of apparel brand Forever 21 to be honored for economic leadership in L.A. County

Los Angeles
—The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) today announced Do Won Chang, the founder of Forever 21, one of the world’s fastest growing fashion brands, as its individual Eddy® Awards honoree. Inaugurated in 1996, the annual Eddy Awards gala has become the most important economic development award program in the state of California. This year’s 15th anniversary event will be held on Wednesday, November 10th, at the Beverly Hilton.
Headquartered in the City of Los Angeles, Forever 21 began in 1984 and has since become synonymous with trendy, affordable fashions. Do Won Chang and his wife Jin Sook Chang emigrated from South Korea in 1981 in search of the American Dream, and began their fashion empire with their first store in Highland Park. Since then, Forever 21 has grown to 457 stores in 15 countries with sales of nearly $3.0 billion annually.
In Los Angeles County, Forever 21 operates dozens of stores throughout the region’s malls and shopping centers, employing more than 3,000 people and thousands more through their supply network.    Taking advantage of the wealth of talent in Los Angeles County’s nation-leading creative industry, Forever 21’s apparel and merchandise is designed in L.A. County, with a large percentage of their products also being manufactured here.  Their vertically integrated model allows them to design, manufacture and distribute merchandise faster than their competitors, an important factor of Forever 21’s success.  For the full story and more about the Eddy Awards visit: http://bit.ly/cpuTS6

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Troubled Motion Picture Home Gets A Little Help From Its Friends in Hollywood - Oct. 5th fundraiser planned

A Star-Filled Evening of Entertainment Headed up by Richard Dreyfuss, Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna - In support of embattled residents of the Motion Picture Home’s Residents

Announcing – “1 Voice”- A Star-Filled Evening of Entertainment In support of the embattled Motion Picture Home’s residents and its uncertain future

'1 Voice' is a celebrity-packed evening to raise industry and community awareness of the residents' plight. (courtesy Edward Lozzi & Associates PR )
Beverly Hills- The Board of Directors of the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF) is committed to closing the entertainment community’s historic nursing home and hospital in Woodland Hills, CA. The impending closure displaces Hollywood’s most frail and vulnerable residents from their campus home in the Long Term Care facility.
’1 Voice’ is a celebrity-packed evening to raise industry and community awareness of the residents’ plight.

Joe Bologna and Renee Taylor -Tickets prices range from $20 (seniors) up to $99 and are available at www.NeoEnsembleTheatre.org. 800-838-3006
NEO Ensemble Theatre, is sharing an evening of all-star entertainment in support of the efforts of Saving the Lives Of Our Own, the advocacy group dedicated to keeping the residents in the Motion Picture Home and to preserving the MPTF’s historic mission and promise of “taking care of our own” to all entertainment industry workers.

Legendary Hollywood Publicist Julian Myers showing his Amingo Day cufflinks at a breast cancer charity in Hollywood.Myers, a staunch supporter of the MO-PIC TV Fund Home said, "It would be a tragedy to close any of the long term care services, and displace our fellow artists who have brought us entertainment for decades. They deserve more," he said.
Neo Ensemble Theatre, a Los Angeles based non-profit theater company, is  producing “1 Voice, an Evening of Monologues, Music and Memories”, on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at 7:30 pmat theRenberg Theater at the Village, 1125 N. McCadden Place in Hollywood, CA 90038.
The evening will include scheduled performances and appearances byRichard Dreyfuss, John Schneider, Lorenzo Lamas, Kathryn Joosten,(Desperate Housewives) Gloria Loring, Esai Morales, Oscar winner George Chakiris, Dawn Wells( Gilligan’s Island),and Renee Taylor & Joseph Bologna. Also appearing are Shirley Jones & Marty Ingels, Bill Smitrovitch(The Event), Connie Stevens, Lou Ferrigno, Jerry Douglas and Kate Linder of Young & the Restless, James Intveld(Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry), Ben Henry(Survivor Nicaragua), George Barris, Nic Novicki(Boardwalk Empire), cast members of NBC’s The EventYoung and the RestlessBold & The Beautiful, and members of the Neo Ensemble Theatre. Celebrity appearances are subject to change due to artists’ schedules and availability. Additional celebrities will be announced-ongoing both appearing and performing.
Tickets prices range from $20 (seniors) up to $99 and are available atwww.NeoEnsembleTheatre.org. 800-838-3006
For information about the facts of the Closing of the Motion Picture Home Nursing and Hospital see http://savingthelivesofourown.org/
Who: Neo Ensemble Theater & Saving the Lives of our Own
What:   ’1 Voice’ a celebrity evening of monologues, music & memories
Where: Renberg Theater – 1125 N. McCadden Pl. - LA CA 90038 – (north of Santa Monica Blvd.)
When: Tuesday, Oct 5th 2010 Media check in begins at 5:30 - Red Carpet arrivals at 6:30PM- Performances begin- 7:30 pm

Friday, September 24, 2010

Michael Douglas is in his game on "Wall Street" film which opens this weekend

Oliver Stone's new film Wall Street 2, is another hit. Great writing, too by Allan Loeb  and Stephen Schiff. Hang on for a white collar corporate roller
coast ride.It's Fatal Attraction to money this time.

The movie trailer features money drama, Shia LaBeouf and much more. 20th Century Fox released their new drama flick “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps” into theaters earlier today,and the movie trailer (below) features a lot of money drama with Shia LaBeouf and Michael Douglas as the main characters. The movie stars: Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf , Josh Brolin, Frank Langella, Carey Mulligan, Susan Sarandon, Vanessa Ferlito, and yes even Charlie Sheen.

Michael Douglas is definitely in his game as he was in the first Wall Street (1987). 
“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” revolves around character  Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) who gets out of prison, and has to essentially redefine himself and his character. He’s looking for a second chance.

Shia LaBeouf will play the character Jake Moore who is the fiance of Gordon’s daughter. Charlie Sheen who played the central role of Bud Fox who was a young trader in the original movie,will be making a cameo appearance in the new sequel. “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” movie is in theaters now.
Two things you'll notice in the movie: When Douglas gets out of prison he gets his watch and "Mobile Phone" back, what dinosaur, too. And Douglas smokes cigars in the movie, which is the worse thing on your thoat if you fighting throat cancer." As an ex-smoker, I remember how awful cigars were after smoking a cigarette.
Now, I can't stand either one. I stopped in Dec. 1989.
 A- not suited for small children.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Music with Lisa Hale Opening NIght at The Sixth Annual LA Femme International Film Festival Will Take Place October 14-17, 2010 - 2 hr social media workshop for promoting films

The Sixth Annual LA Femme International Film Festival Will Take Place October 14-17, 2010. October 16th 10 AM - Noon two hour social media workshop to promote films

LA Femme Film Festival is a premier festival that focuses on women filmmakers' platforming their commercial films for the world wide audience. It is a Festival for those women who want to have an equal opportunity in commercial entertainment desiring to change, enhance, or become leaders in the industry as a Director, Writer, Producer or Director of Photography. 
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Join in the fun and network with others in the film industry. Purchase your tickets online. Click here to order now!

Night Catches Us

Q and A to follow with Filmmaker: Tanya Hamilton, Actress: Kerry Washington and many others from the cast. Screening to begin at : 7pm and Q&A to follow.
$10.00 General Public Tickets
SAG members get free admission.
In 1976, after years of mysterious absence, Marcus (Anthony Mackie, “The Hurt Locker”) returns to the Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age in the midst of the Black Power movement. While his arrival raises suspicion among his family and former neighbors, he finds acceptance from his old friend Patricia (Kerry Washington, “Ray,” “Lift”) and her daughter. However, Marcus quickly finds himself at odds with the organization he once embraced, whose members suspect he orchestrated the slaying of their former comrade-in-arms. In a startling sequence of events, Marcus must protect a secret that could shatter everyone's beliefs as he rediscovers his forbidden passion for Patricia. More...

Lisa Haley
Oct 14th, Thursday Night Opening Gala Benefit
Ay Night of Music with Lisa HaleTicket to include after party with DJ, Drinks
and Nosh! Show to begin at 7pm with after party to follow.


Gold Tickets: $75.00 Rows 1-4
Silver Tickets: $60.00 Rows 5-9
Bronze Tickets: $45.00 Mezzanine Seating


International Screenwriters Association

Filmmakers join the LA Femme Film Festival Group on YouTube, JOIN THE GROUP! Upload your videos and get noticed!

The LA Femme Festival has been honored to bring attention to some of the most artistic, thought provoking and dramatic films created today by extremely talented filmmakers. You can catch a glimpse of them the last films in the video player below. If you are looking for2008 and previous years visit the LA Femme Filmmaker Community!

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A Town Hall Discussion: Coverage of the 2010 Midterm Elections


Thursday, September 23, 2010 
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
The Crawford Family Forum 
474 South Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105 
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 (left to right) Frank Buckley, Frank Stoltze

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The Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, in partnership with KPCC, invites the public to join in a dialogue with a panel of experts to examine the coverage of the 2010 midterm elections. The panelists will discuss how this election is being covered and the role of the traditional, non-traditional, and social media.

Frank Buckley, KTLA-TV, will moderate and panelists will include:
• Frank Stoltze, KPCC-89.3 FM. 
• Charles Feldman, KNX Newsradio. 
• Mariel Garza, Editorial Page Editor at the LA Daily News.
The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to promoting high standards of ethical behavior and encouraging the free practice of journalism. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.
Sponsor: Society of Professional Journalists - Greater LA Chapter
Type: Town Hall
The Crawford Family Forum 
474 South Raymond Avenue

Sunday, September 12, 2010

USHER makes appearance -ASCAP, Jermaine Dupri & Ocean 7 MTV VMA kickoff party sponsored by Belvedere Vodka rocks a Beverly Hills manson

The media wait continues for celebs who are always late.

Kickoff party sponsored by Belvedere Vodka
ASCAP, Jermaine Dupri and Ocean 7 MTV VMA

A cold dark one mile+ walk down from the mansion
Sponsored by Belvedere Vodka for the night,  about 500 people attending the mansion on the hill of Beverly Hills, the road so narrow the LAPD closed the entrance and made attending celebs walked down the dark, dangerous, winding road to safety where shuttles, which were 90 minutes late picking people up at the start of the bash. 

The ASCAP, Jeramine Dupri, Ocean's 7 - minus MONICA (No show) MTV VMA event include musicians Usher, who did NOT walk the red carpet, Jesse McCartney, Anthony Hamilton, Miss Issa, TIONNE,  Flo Rida, Nelly, New Boyz in their sports attire, Johnny Gill,  Actors Kweisi Gharreau, Tristan Wilde, Evan Ross, Quinton Aaron, Shantie O'Neal,  Model Brie among other top models.
This was the first time I have attended a red carpet event with no spot lights on the the stars. The person in charge told me "Were relying on media TV lights to provide red carpet lighting." That's fine, however there were very little TV media and the few that had TV cameras turned their lights off, which explains why some of the celebs such as Usher walk past the dark red carpet area onto the sidewalk and into the house. He was lucky we go any pictures at all. Jermain Dupris, one of the party sponsors also escaped in the vast crowd, and if he hadn't taken a phone call in the kitchen, where I spotted him, I not sure we would have his photo either. 

Singer Miss Issa Bayaua, George Mc Quade III

The food was good, the music was awesome, and so loud you could have danced on the dark road a mile down the hill. The VMA event honor ASCAP's 2010 VMA nominees was fun once you got to the mansion. Leaving the media in the parking for more than an hour (some left) and treating us like gardeners or house servants doesn't make the greatest impression. Even some of the celebs attending said as they waited and left the party, "No more mansion parties." By the way the group Ocean's 7 includes Usher, Nelly Trey Songz (who was also a no show), Brian Michael Cox, John Austin & Tyron Davis.
I was invited to another party, but since I caught a terrible cold walking down the dark road leading up to the mansion, I opted to pass. But you can check it out. Thx IMP.

IMP Entertainment
HOLLYWOOD – Mega MTV VMA "Champagne Life" Post Party tonight featuring some of the biggest stars in the music industry. This red carpet event will be hosted by Ne-Yo with surprise guests and much more. Introducing LA's hottest hip hop rock group Audio-ology. Music by DJ Coolwhip.

When: Sunday, September 12, 2010

Time: 10:00 P.M.

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Airing live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, the 2010 VMAs promise to be the biggest and best in the show's history, featuring performances by Eminem (who will kick the show off), Kanye West, Drake, Justin Bieber, Paramore, B.o.B, Linkin Park, Florence and the Machine, Usher and in-house music provided by deadmau5 (and a handful of special guests). Plus, all of your favorite stars will be in the building, including Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, 30 Seconds to Mars, the casts of "Glee," "Jackass" and "Jersey Shore," Rick Ross, Selena Gomez and dozens more. They'll all be in the house celebrating the year in music and competing for the coveted Moonman, the only entertainment award designed after a a guy who has a crater named after him on the moon.
The action begins with a live red carpet (sorry, white carpet) celebration at 8 p.m. Eastern. MTV News' Sway and Tim Kash will be welcoming the stars, keeping track of the surprise arrivals and throwing to Nicki Minaj and will.i.am for an early performance. You can keep track of everything live on MTV, stream it live here or stick around here for the live blog below. 

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Downtown Film Festival Honoring Actor John Hawkes (Exclusive Interview) attracts large crowd on opening night

More than a dozen premieres to be featured at Downtown Film Festival that spotlights Actor John Hawkes with Trailerblazer Award

(pictured left - Board of Directors DFFLA)

Los Angeles, CA - A larger crowd packed into the opening night of the 2010 Downtown Film Festival L.A.,where Actor  John Hawkes received the  “Indie Film Trailblazer Award.” The event was held at the Civic Center Theater (Ronald. F. Deaton Auditorium), 100 W. 1st St. Los Angeles, 90012 (s.e. corner of 1st and Main across from City Hall in downtown L.A.) 

John Hawkes - Born and raised in rural Minnesota, John Hawkes moved to Austin, Texas to begin his career as an actor and musician. He co-founded the Big State Productions Theatre Company and appeared in the group's original play, In the West, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. John starred in the critically acclaimed “Me and You and Everyone We Know,” which received wide praise and was awarded the special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival as well as the Camera d'Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival. 

Additional feature credits include, the Lion's Gate film A Slipping-Down Life (1999) with Guy Pearce, the psychological thriller Identity (2003) alongside John Cusack and Ray Liotta, Miami Vice (2006) with Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell, Playing God (2004), The Perfect Storm (2000), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) and Hardball (1997). Hawkes also starred and co-produced the independent film Buttleman (2002) for which he received a Breakout Performance Award at the 2004 Sedona Film Festival and a Special Jury Prize at the 2003 Deep Ellum Film Festival. Hawkes' television credits include a lead role in the critically acclaimed HBO series, "Deadwood" (2004) in which he played Sol Star, a spirited entrepreneur in a lawless town
This year, Hawkes starred opposite Jennifer Lawrence in Sudance Film Festival winner “Winter’s Bone,” which was released theatrically earlier this summer. Hawkes appears in two films world premiering at the 2010 Downtown Film Festival L.A: “On Holiday” and “Everything Will Happen Before You Die,” which is the festival Centerpiece showcase. Both films screen on Saturday, Sept. 11, 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm respectively, at the Civic Center Theater (Ronald F. Deaton Auditorium), 1st & Main Streets, in downtown L.A.

Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles (DFFLA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to showcasing the best in independent cinema in the heart of the world’s Entertainment & Arts Capital. Our programming reflects downtown L.A.’s vibrant new urbanism, the unique ethnic and cultural diversity of its communities and neighborhoods, and its seminal role in the early days of American cinema. Set against the historic backdrop of City Center, DFFLA serves as a beacon for movie fans and industry professionals throughout Southern California.
Digital Art L.A. @ ART WALK
Thursday, Sept. 9. Noon to Midnight
Join us at the September Art Walk for the one-of-a-kind, free-to-the-public annual Digital Art L.A., Downtown Film Fest's experimental program, featuring digital video exhibitions, free screenings and live performances by killer bands!

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art
7-9 pm
107 W. 5th (between Spring & Main)
Los Angeles 90013

LACDA presents a dynamic performance collaboration including Tiffany Trenda, video by Victor Acedevo, and experimental electronic music by SigAlert (Rex Bruce, Neil Kohanski and Alex Cole) that explores electro-communicative overkill, L.A. style. Prior performances by this exceptional group have caused a sensation in the Downtown art scene. As well, LACDA presents it annual international new media exhibit of juried submissions. More than 30 artists have been selected from hundreds of entries from around the world, by noted Los Angeles critic and curator Peter Frank of the Riverside Art Museum.
Rosslyn Hotel Lobby
2 pm to 9 pm
112 W. 5th St. (between Spring & Main)

Downtown Film Festival L.A. and LACDA present an invitational exhibit in the extravagant lobby of the historic Rosslyn Hotel with works from leading local, regional and national arts organizations: iotaCenter · UCR ARTSblock | California Museum of Photography · Dance Camera West · Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles · Orange County Center for Contemporary Art · Vortex Immersion Media · The Museum of Hyperreal Art (MOHA) More information for both exhibits: lacda Official Site
DFFLA Cinema Lounge & Screening Room
Spring Arcade Building, Suite 214
514 S. Spring St. (between 5th & 6th)
Los Angeles 90013 

LACDA Digital Short Fest Winners
1:30 pm
The winners of LACDA annual international contest will be screened. Wine & cheese reception to follow. 


This celebrated collection of experimental, erotic shorts gets a rare public screening as part of the 2010 Downtown Film Fest. The films explore the intersection of sex and art in a series of films created by some of the world's most preeminent and provocative artists and directors. Explicit in content they reveal the diverse attitudes by which we represent ourselves sexually. Participating artists include Matthew Barney, Richard Prince, Larry Clark, Marina Ambromavic, Marco Brambilla and Gaspar Noe. More info: Destricted Official Website
ART WALK PARTY: The DFFLA Sterephonic Arcade
7 pm to Midnight
Spring Arcade Building
541 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles 90013

DFFLA 2010 presents an indie rock explosion of bands that help define the future of modern music. In conjunction with the screening of the rockumentary Echotone - a highly-stylized film that explores the diversification of the current music scene in Austin, Texas - the producers and DFFLA have assembled a collection of musicians and bands that reflect the fomenting kaleidoscope of new sounds, which emphasize a stringent, uncompromising ideology. L.A.'s Eastside 'hoods shares a disitinct musical bond with many of the bands from Austin. Almost every week you can find at least one Austin band performing at one of L.A.'s music clubs, and L.A. bands are always in full force at Austin's SXSW music fest. 

Echotone, screening Thursday, Sept. 9, 8 pm, Downtown Independent Theater
Live Music Line-Up:

7-7:45pm - George Glass
8-8:45pm - The Changos
9-9:45pm - Kissing Cousins
10-10:45pm - Twilight Sleep