Saturday, December 29, 2012

Actor Timothy Woodward Jr. stars in ‘Finders Keepers: The Root of all Evil’ - a non stop suspense and action thriller in 2013

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If you don’t want too much gore, but a lot of action than you might find Finders Keepers: The Root of all Evil’ is your best bet.  It is described as “a high stakes poker game, drug lord, a million dollars and a set of ruthless killers who want it all.”

Award winning Actor, Director Timothy Woodward Jr. stars in this horror thriller. Woodward steals a page from Actor, Director Ben Affleck’s book of acting and directing this feature, which was written by Pia Cook and Todd Gordon.

The full feature film is being release through SKY Studios, a content partner of NBC/Fox/ABC’s on demand distributor Finders Keepers artwork and trailer were posted on IMDB recently and has already starting to create a buzz around Hollywood.

The film about a band of degenerate criminals, the feature crashes their dastardly plots and schemes into the lives of a group of 20 something year olds who are innocently celebrating a birthday. The character that stands out the most is that of “Chuck” played by Richard Bachellor who showed up on set the first day of filming and refused to leave until he was given a part. Bachellor was cast almost by accident, and turned out to produce one of the best performances of the film.

The filming of Finders Keepers: The Root of all Evil is in post production and is expected to be released in early 2013. What makes this film even more interesting is the notion that Woodward deliberately chose non-actors or actors with very little experience. While some in Hollywood might consider this unique technique risky or foolish, it paid off this time around. The final product comes out about as gritty, realist and as raw as you can imagine.

Lorali McGill - Timothy Woodward Jr.
Cook and Woodward have become a known duo, working together on several films including “Blackout” starring Timothy Woodward Jr. and Emmy award winning actor Bill Oberst Jr., and the much anticipated first installment of the new modern day Dracula trilogy. Hang on to your popcorn when you want these films, because there’s quite a bit of unexpected action. More on Dracula Trilogy later.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Toys for Tots, Celebrities and Santa Claus helped launch The Hollywood Film Journal at STATUS LA Magazine holiday benefit

Singers Michelle Slayden and Karen Stell Jane help Santa.

Christmas is a half a month away, but for many underprivileged children and victims of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast, there may be no Christmas without organizations like the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots foundation.

Santa Claus brought his sleigh of helpers (U.S. Marines) to the Sunset Gower Studios (1438 N Gower St. Hollywood, Ca 90028) this week.  The red carpet celebrity benefit was also the official launch of The Hollywood Film Journal (THFJ) put on by The STATUS LA Magazine.
We wanted to get every in the spirit of the holidays and we also wanted to created a publication that appealed not only to filmmakers, but also to film lovers,” said Lauren de Normandie, editor, The Hollywood Film Journal, which published its first November/December issue.
“We believe awareness is key in Hollywood when it comes to putting on celebrity charity events,” explained de Lauren. “We can’t think of a better way to spotlight the need for Toys for Tots than to roll out the red carpet during December.”
De Normandie said The Hollywood Film Journal will combine industry equipment, tips and tricks, with entertainment news highlights.  She also noted, much like the launch in October for STATUS LA Magazine (, there may be a celebrity benefit to honor events like, ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month’.
In its premiere issue this month, The Hollywood Film Journals features the movie “Lincoln”, produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, as its  cover story. It stars Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. A short list of other stars includes: Hal HolbrookTommy Lee JonesJohn Hawkes and Jackie Earle Haley to name a few. Bruce McGill. The Hollywood Film Journal will take a look at the best and worst movies of 2012 as the publication gears up for the Oscars, too.

The Hollywood Film Journal holiday event featured red carpet activities complimentary drinks, food and live entertainment from “Alen”, DJ Red and others to name a few. U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program collects new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distributes them as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community.  Tatrateas, Hula Girl Beverages, Monster and Sunset Gower Studios are sponsoring the celebrity charity event in Hollywood. For more info contact For more on the event visit:  
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Sunday, December 2, 2012

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2 Hangs on to #1 at the Box Office


This story first appear in The Hollywood Journal.Be sure to RSVP for the launch of the magazineand US Marines Toys For Tots at the SunsetGower Studios, Sat., Dec. 8th, 8:00 pm. (more)

Lots of twists and turns on and off the big screen for THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2 

The Twilighters couldn’t believe the saga of their favorite stars and series of blockbuster films would come to an end. And if the turnout of some 2,000 fans at the LA premiere is a gage, you would never know The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Park 2  means “The End”. The extravaganza was jammed packed with reporters on one side of the red carpet, and fans on the other side getting pictures and autographs from like Kristen StewartRobert PattinsonTaylor LautnerPeter Facinelli. The premiere and movie were the final appearances of Edward, Bella and Jacob.
Taylor LautnerAccording to the box office receipts, "Twilight" film series finale raked in the sixth-largest opening day ever on Friday, biting down on what Lionsgate/Summer estimated at $71 plus million in domestic box-office receipts. The movie continues to lead the worldwide box office through the holidays. 
Ashley Greene signs autographs for fans.
As of Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, worldwide Summit Entertainment’s Twilight Saga totals $620,092,504 worldwide thanks to some nearly $350 million overseas during the week after Thanksgiving. In America it amounts to $254,592,504.This could be the first time in the history of the studio that Summit’s parent company, Lionsgate taps the $1 billion notch internationally.
 The Studio’s earnings reported have passed the $2 billion mark, another first with more than $1 billion for both markets. LA Times attributes the box office success “to a weak Brad Pitt movie”:

A big surprise this year was the fact the studios experimented for the first time with 10 p.m. showings for Part 2 movie, which did not happen for Part 1. The late Thursday night showings drew long lines around the country for the 10 pm and midnight opening, which earned $30.4 million. 

Kristen Stewart poses for fan photos on the red carpet.
Another eye opener: Robert Pattinson, who was expected to be breaking up with Kristen Stewart after the cheating scandal is “Breaking Dawn” with her instead and reunited.

Both are reportedly expecting their first child together only a few months after they were ripped apart by a cheating scandal. The incident involved Stewart and Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders, who’s married with children. Ok! Magazine plastered headlines, “We having a Baby” and after reconciliation two months ago.  And at the premiere in England, Pattinson shot down rumors that he was going to marry his girlfriend of three years.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 breaks new ground in Social Media, too.

ormally when such blockbuster movies as Liongate’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Park 2 premieres, the movie stars eyes are all on the flashing cameras and TV crews in the press box on the red carpet. 
Robert Pattinson poses for fan photos.
But on this big opening night (Nov. 12, 2012), at the Nokia Center L.A. Live Theater in downtown Los Angeles, stars like Kristen StewartRobert PattinsonTaylor LautnerPeter Facinelli and other celebs spent more time signing autographs and allowing fans to take their pictures more than the media.

The stars know too well they wouldn’t be where they are today without the fans. Social Media - Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+ - has become a game changer on the red carpet. Sites globally expose stars to a new fan base, so by the time the finale premiered later in the week in London and Europe, the fans already knew what to expect.

Bill Condon
Summit and Lionsgate didn’t know what to expect, but one thing is for sure, Christmas came early.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 breaks new ground in Social Media - All mysteries unveiled at box office friday


TheTwilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 
breaks new ground in Social Media                                                                                                                                                            
Taylor Lautner

Normally when such blockbuster movies as Liongate’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Park 2 premieres, the movie stars eyes are all on the flashing cameras and TV crews in the press box on the red carpet. 

But on this big night (Nov. 12, 20212), at the Nokia Center L.A. Live Theater in downtown Los Angeles, stars like Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli and other celebs spent more time signing autographs and allowing fans to take their pictures more than the media.
Photographers wait for the celebs to turnaround for photos.
The U-shape setup is a trademark of Lionsgate’s style. Unlike The world famous Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA, where fans traditionally line up across the street on Hollywood Blvd.,  LA Live at Nokia Center in downtown LA allows the screaming fans to camp out for five days opposite of the media, but close enough for autographs and digital cameras.The stars know too well they wouldn’t be where they are today without the fans. Social Media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+ and other social networks globally expose stars to a new fan base so when this epic finale premieres in London and Europe later this week, fans already know what to expect. The much anticipated teenage phenomenon film opens nationwide on Friday Nov. 16th.

Kristen Stewartsigns  autographs takes
allows her fans to take pictures as the media waits 

Robert Pattinson (left) engages fans before media.
Underneath all those screaming fans are shout outs from cameramen in the press box, “turnaround Kristen, over the shoulder Robert and look over here Taylor.” The advance of high speed access, smart phones, Ipads and other handheld devices has change the traditional style of covering celebrities at premiers. Fans first media second.The film and teenage phenomenon premiere attracted 2,000 fans.This is the epic finale of novelist Stephenie Meyer's four best sellers and this is probably the most violent of the teenage phenomenon movie about the girl-vampire-werewolf love triangle. The worldwide blockbuster is sure to please obsessive fans, who spend a week just to get in the front row for an photo together with their idol stars.The fans are sure to love this mega hit that has made three actors overnight sensations. The last two adaptations of the book were actually split into projects “Breaking Dawn-Part 1 and this Friday “Break Dawn Part 2.” The both last year and this years hit was directed by Bill Condon, who is has mastered horror movies. This one is no different.Short synopsis (imdb):Bella is enjoying her new life and new powers, after the birth of their daughter, Renesmee.  Soon, however, their family bliss is threatened again, by a new menace. Vampire Irina believes a child like Renesmee could challenge the power and existence of the Volturi.
Julianne Hough
As Irina rallies the Volturi to destroy this potential threat, Bella and the Cullens - together with any allies they can assemble - are preparing to fight a crucial, ultimate battle, to protect their family.The list of celebrities that had confirmed for the premiere and celebrity carpet event included:  
Members of the cast of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 including Kristen Stewart (Bella), Robert Pattinson (Edward),Taylor Lautner (Jacob), Billy Burke (Charlie), Peter Facinelli (Carlisle), Elizabeth Reaser (Esme), Kellan Lutz (Emmett), Nikki Reed (Rosalie), Jackson Rathbone (Jasper), Ashley Greene (Alice), Michael Sheen (Aro), Dakota Fanning (Jane), Mackenzie Foy(Renesmee), Julia Jones (Leah), Booboo Stewart(Seth), Christian Camargo (Eleazar), Mia Maestro(Carmen), Casey LaBow (Kate), Maggie Grace (Irina),MyAnna Buring (Tanya), Joe Anderson (Alistair),Omar Metwally (Amun), Rami Malek (Benjamin), Guri Weinberg (Stefan), Noel Fisher (Vladimir),Andrea Gabriel (Kebi), Angela Sarafyan (Tia), JD Pardo(Nahuel), Marisa Quinn (Huilen), Lisa Howard(Siobhan), Marlane Barnes (Maggie), Patrick Brennan(Liam), Bill Tangradi (Randall), Erik Odom (Peter), Toni Trucks (Mary), Valorie Curry (Charlotte), Amadou Ly(Henri), Janelle Froehlich (Yvette), Judi Shekoni(Zafrina),Tracey Heggins (Senna), Chaske Spencer(Sam Uley), Jamie Campbell Bower (Caius), Daniel Cudmore (Felix), Christopher Heyerdahl (Marcus),Charlie Bewley (Demetri), Cameron Bright (Alec),Andrea Powell (Sasha), and Masami Kosaka(Toshiro).  
Director Bill Condon
Filmmakers Bill Condon (Director), Melissa Rosenberg(Screenwriter), Stephenie Meyer (Author of THE TWILIGHT SERIES, Producer), Wyck Godfrey(Producer), Karen Rosenfelt (Producer), Marty Bowen(Executive Producer), Mark Morgan (Executive Producer), Bill Bannerman (Co-Producer)Additional THE TWILIGHT SAGA cast members: Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria), Xavier Samuel (Riley),Christian Serratos (Angela), Gil Birmingham (Billy),Justin Chon (Eric), Michael Welch (Mike), Sarah Clarke (Renée), Tinsel Korey (Emily), Alex Meraz(Paul), Bronson Pelletier (Jared), and Kiowa Gordon(Embry Call). Celebrity guests include (in alphabetical order): A Boy and His Kite (Band),  Alex Newell (“Glee”),Amandla Stenberg (THE HUNGER GAMES), Antawn Jamison (LA Lakers), Aramis Knight (ENDER’S GAME),Ashley Tisdale (Actress), Boom Circuits (Band), Brent Smith (Musician), Brooke 
Novelist, Actress
Stephenie Meyer 
Lyons (“2 Broke Girls”),Bryan Singer (“House M.D.”), Carly Craig (HALL PASS),Carmen Electra (Actress), Caron Butler (LA Clippers),Cheryl Hines (Actress), Chris Colfer (“Glee”), Chris Scott (Choreographer), Christina Perri (Singer),Christina Robinson (“Dexter”), Damian McGinty(“Glee”), Dawn Olivieri (“House of Lies”), DeAndre Jordan (LA Clippers), Dwight Howard (LA Lakers),Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy), Eva Amurri (Actress), Flo Rida (Musician), Frank Marshall (THE BOURNE LEGACY),Goran Visnjic (THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO),Green Day (Band), Guiliana Rancic (TV Personality),Gus Kenworthy (Professional Skiier), Hilary Duff(Actress), Jacqueline Emerson (THE HUNGER GAMES),Jaden Smith (THE KARATE KID), Jake Abel (THE HOST), Jaleel White (“Psych”), Jana Coffey (Musician),Jeanine Mason (“So You Think You Can Dance”), Joey Lawrence (“Melissa and Joey”), Julia Snigir (DIE HARD),Julian Morris (“Pretty Little Liars”), Julianne Hough(ROCK OF AGES), Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”),Kathleen Robertson (“Boss”), Kathryn McCormick(STEP UP REVOLUTION), Kent Boyd (“So You Think You Can Dance”), Kiernan Shipka (“Mad Men”), Kim Raver(“Grey’s Anatomy”), Kristen Quintrall (“The Helpers: Refuge from the Storm”), Lori Loughlin (“90210”), LOU(Singer), Louis Van Amstel (“Dancing With The Stars”),Mae Whitman (THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER),Maria Menounos (TV Personality), 
Dakota Fanning 
Mary Lynn Rajskub (“How to be a Gentleman”), Max Irons (THE HOST), Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory”), Metta World Peace (LA Lakers), Michael Chiklis (“Vegas”),Molly Sims (actress), Morgan Saylor (“Homeland”),Natasha Bedingfield (musician), Nene Leakes (“The New Normal”), One Direction (Band), Paramore(Band), Pau Gasol (LA Lakers), Rachel McAdams(MIDNIGHT IN PARIS), Radha Mitchell (SILENT HILL),Ryan Guzman (STEP UP REVOLUTION), Saoirse Ronan(THE HOST), Sharni Vinson (STEP UP 3D), Sherri Shepherd (“The View”), Sterling Beaumon (“Red Window”), Steve Blake (LA Lakers), Stevie Nicks(Musician), Sydney Leroux (US Tennis Olympic Gold Medalist), Terrell Owens (Seattle Seahawks), Tia Mowry-Hardrict (“The Game”), Trevor Donovan(“90210”), Trey Thompkins (LA Clippers), Willow Shields (THE HUNGER GAMES), and Willow Smith (I AM LEGEND).

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

AFM to screen 442 motion pictures, including 82 world premieres and 327 market premieres for thousands of film buyers

Julian Myers, George McQuade at AFM
More Than 10% Increase in Buyers Expected, Including 120 New Buying Companies

Industry Conversations Featuring Directors Sacha Gervasi and Victor Levin, “Harry Potter” Franchise Executive Producer Michael Barnathan, Producer Bonnie Curtis, Jonathan Silverman, Pamela Adlon and Many More  
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The Super bowl of movie premieres and screenings happens this Halloween tonight, Wed., Oct. 31- Nov. 7, 2012 at the Loews Hotel, Santa Monica, CA with a real trick or treat for movie makers and shakers worldwide.

According to Jonathan Wolf, AFM managing director and executive V.P. of the Independent Film & Television Alliance, the 2012 American Film Market (AFM) will screen, “more than 420 motion pictures, including 77 world premieres and 306 market premieres, for thousands of film buyers and industry professionals from more than 70 countries.” Wolf also noted that for the, "Independents - The 2,000 + projects at AFM include films in every genre and budget." 

Films making their World Premieres include: A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, from writer/director Roman Coppola and starring Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman and Charlie Sheen (Independent);Cottage Country, starring Malin Akerman and Lucy Punch (VMI Worldwide)

Vanessa Hudgens stars in The Frozen Ground
The Frozen Ground, starring NicolasCage, John Cusack and Vanessa Hudgens (Voltage Pictures); Nous York, starring Leila Bekhti and Géraldine Nakache (Pathé International);The Numbers Station, starring John Cusack and Malin Akerman (Content); and Pawn, starring Nikki Reed and Ray Liotta (Red Sea Media) and Summer In February, starring Dominic Cooper and Emily Browning (Speranza13 Media).

Among the 306 films set to make their Market Premieres are The ABCs of Death, starring Ingrid Bolsø Berdal and Iván González (Magnolia Pictures); Come Out and Play, starring Daniel Gimenez Cacho and Vinessa Shaw (Celsius Entertainment); Ginger and Rosa, starring Christina Hendricks and Elle Fanning (The Match Factory); Here Comes the Devil, starring Francisco Barreiro and Laura Caro (MPI Media Group); Kon-Tiki, starring Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen (HanWay Films); Quartet, starring Maggie Smith and Michael Gambon, and directed by Dustin Hoffman (HanWay Films);Simon Killer, starring Brady Corbet and Mati Diop (Fortissimo Film); and Zaytoun starring Stephen Dorff and Alice Taglioni (Pathé International).

Other Market Premieres include: After, starring Steven Strait and Karolina Wydra (Jinga Films); The Assassins, starring Chow Yun-Fat, Yifei Liu and written by Bin Wang (Easternlight); Between Us, starring Melissa George, Julia Stiles, and Taye Diggs (Premiere Entertainment Group); The Body, starring Belén Rueda and Hugo Silva (DeAPlaneta Internacional); Boxing Day, starring Danny Huston and Matthew Jacobs (Independent); The Brass Teapot, starring JunoTemple, Alexis Bledel, and Annette Bening (TF1 International); Fin (The End), starring Maribel Verdu (Film Factory Entertainment); Great Expectations, starring Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes (HanWay Films). 

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist
More Market Premieres: Greetings from Tim Buckley, starring Penn Badgley and Imogen Poots (Celluloid Dreams); A Late Quartet, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Christopher Walken (WestEnd Films); The Reluctant Fundamentalist, starring Kate Hudson and Liev Schreiber (K5 International); Revenge for Jolly!, starring Elijah Wood, Ryan Phillippe, and Kristen Wiig (Highland Film Group); SpringBreakers, starring James Franco, Selena Gomez and VanessaHudgens (Kinology); Thanks for Sharing, starring Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow and written by Stuart Blumberg (Voltage Pictures); What Maisie Knew, starring Alexander Skarsgårdand and Julianne Moore (Fortissimo Film); and Writers, starring Greg Kinnear, Logan Lerman, Kristen Bell, Jennifer Connelly, and Lily Collins, (The Solution Entertainment Group).

For a complete list of the films and the screening schedule, visit: The Film Catalogue.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

The World Networks Presents the 2012 Supermodel Contest Grand Finale

The World Networks has partnered with International Fashion SuperModel (IFSM) and EDI Media Inc. to produce the event and announce official launch of The Chinese American Networks

The International Fashion Supermodel Contest USA Finale takes place at the Taglyan Cultural complex above where The World Networks launch its website

International Fashion Supermodel Contest USA Finale

Diana Wong (CHINA); Cameron Penny (USA) – Show Hosts                           Award-winning Walter Mendez of Walter Collection, 
ashion Designer Shekhar Rahate of Shekhar Rahate Hollywood            


WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24, 2012

6:30 p.m. (media check-in) 7:00 p.m. -8:30pm (red carpet)
8:30p.m.-12am Fashion Contest Show

                                    PLEASE RSVP: Advanced tickets Online (VIP sold out)
    VIP ($59) & General ($25) Available (

Taglyan Cultural Complex  –Hollywood (Directions) 
1201 Vine Street Los Angeles, CA 90038 (323) 978-0005


One of the most anticipated events in the fashion world, featuring finalists from around the globe competing for the title of 'International Fashion SuperModel', an ambassador position and a trip to China representing IFSM. There will be models from Milan, Hong Kong, NY, Chicago and LA, competing for the title. Also expected are Chinese & American community dignitaries, including major leaders from China & USA in Film, Entertainment and Fashion Industry, -International and Local Press.

JUDGES: Renee Esebag,  Model/actress/CEO Elite Fashion  (Confirmed); Chest Chong Chair, Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles/Chair of Miss China Town (Confirmed); Michael Wong, chair, Int'l IChing Association;  Miss California; Jennipha-Laurén Nielsen, Ms California World International, Ms. California 2011-12; Kelly Nishimoto  ( show on TLC) Fei Fei, co-chair IFSM Committee /actress (confirmed) Judged Categories: . Beauty, 2. Talent, 3. Most Creative and Artistic Halloween Costume 4. Formal Attire.
For more info and tickets visit   

Guests will be treated: red carpet, complimentary appetizers and dessert -VIP gift bags –a chance to win Honorary membership to The World Networks ($1,440 value), live performances, fashion show, model contest, etc.

Event Sponsors & Organizers: Taglyan Cultural Complex; The World Networks; The Chinese American Film Festival; International Fashion SuperModel Contest; EDI Media

For more about TWN or TWN membership visit: or call 818-217-5775.

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