Thursday, November 14, 2013

Paramount Pictures Ambassador A.C. Lyles lived a storied career

Aida Mayo, Mayo Communications, A.C. Lyles, Julian Myers and Geo. McQuade
When a Hollywood legend passes everyone stops what they're doing to see, who it was. I was lucky enough to meet A.C. Lyles, who volunteered to speak to Legendary Publicist and studio executive Julian Myers film publicity class.

Two Legends Julian Myers & A.C. Lyles
I spoke to students before Lyles did, but Myers asked me to stick around to hear his legendary friend talk about his career spanning more than seven decades. I was so impressed with A.C. Lyles I waited until after the evening PR class ( 11:00 p.m.) to interview him about his life story. He was amazing and said the movie, "Wings" inspired him at age 10.

"Mr Paramount" as he was referred to often had his own personal parking space and building named after him on the studio lot. Lyles, who started out in the mail room, just like his friend Julian Myers (Twentieth Century Fox) did, produced some 40 movies and became the studio president's right hand man.

A.C. Lyles in action inspiring film publicity students at Layola Marymount U.
Lyles was so amazing that he called his old friend Ronald Reaganand told him, "You should run for governor and later for president." Lyles predicted Reagan's victory long before the media did, too.
Julian Myers, A.C. Lyles and a film publicity student.
Ronald Reagan appointed Lyles to the President's Advisory Council on Private Sector Initiatives in 1983, and in January of 1986 he was sworn onto the board. He regularly attended White House meetings with Reagan and his staff and attended conferences overseas. During the Reagan and George Bush administrations he also functioned as Hollywood liaison, getting celebrities to entertain at the White House and other presidential functions.
A.C. Lyles talks to more students about film careers.

In 1984 Lyles received the George Washington Award of the Freedoms Foundation, presented to him in the Oval Office by President Ronald Reagan.
Employee of Paramount Pictures since 1928.

Former publicist, who became a producer of Paramount B-westerns starring veteran Hollywood actors. Lyles has left a big hole in Hollywood history and a huge vacancy at Paramount Studios. His memorial was appropriately on Veterans Day and he passed away in late September. His legacy lives on, R.I.P.

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Date of Birth 17 May 1918, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Date of Death27 September 2013, Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth Name Andrew Craddock Lyles Jr.
Martha Troetscher Schaefer(3 May 1955 - 27 September 2013) (his death)

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

13th Annual Valley Film Festival kicks into high gear with drama, full feature and action films in mid November

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View the the trailer for all the excitement: teaser trailerIn the coming days The film experts and event coordinators we’ll be spotlighting all films screening at the 13th Annual Valley Film FestivalNovember 13-17, 2013. Today, we’re thrilled to share our feature film selections, all directed by local filmmakers.
VFF13 Opening Night Feature Film
 THE ACTIVIST (Thriller/90 min)
Directed by CYRIL MORIN
1973: Marvin and Bud, two Native American activists, are arrested at Wounded Knee. As the two work with a young lawyer assigned to their case, they are visited by a Nixon advisor, a senator, and a Hollywood star. (Trailer)
CAST: Chadwick E.Brown, Michael Spears, Tonanzin Carmelo,Circus-Szalewski, Alena Von Stroheim, Ron Roggé, Henry Leblanc, King Orba, Anthony Palermo.
Spotlight on Islamic Cultures
VIRGINITY (Drama/94 min)
Directed by SAEED KHOZE
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hree women struggle in their social and cultural environments and face unforeseeable crises. Based on true events. (Trailer)
CAST: Steffen Nielsen, Maja Muhlack, Stine Kleist, Alexandra Ternstrøm
The Valley: After Dark
Directed by JOSH DRAGOTTA 
Satan’s Angel is a legend among burlesque dancers. Her legacy is filled with San Francisco counter culture, Las Vegas stage door Johnnies, and a sexuality she refused to closet. Angel has amassed four decades worth of fascinating, colorful, and riveting stories as she’s traveled the globe performing the art of burlesque. This unique film documents her love for the craft and preservation of burlesque as well as her love for her life partner Vic. (Trailer)CAST: Satan’s Angel/Angel Walker, Dixie Evans, Kitten Natividad
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 @ 2:00PM – $12Documentary Double Feature
(A): AUTUMN OF ROUTE 66 (66 min) Directed by ESTER BRYM
A visually stunning experience that will leave you feeling like you traveled America’s oldest highway yourself. (Trailer) 
(B): BEAST WISHES (63 min) Directed by FRANK DIETZ and TRISH GEIGERA documentary about Burbank residents, Bob and Kathy Burns, the goodwill ambassadors of science fiction film fandom. (Trailer)
VFF13 Centerpiece Screening
 THE GOLDEN SCALLOP (Comedy/83 min)
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Every year since 1969 the best three fried fish restaurants in the northeast have competed in the Golden Scallop Championship. The 43rd annual pits a food truck seeking redemption, an aging former champion and a well financed, novelty friendly fish house against each other in the truest test of short order cooking mettle. Follow the excitement, hilarity, and chaos as “The Golden Scallop” tracks these teams from selection till the glory of victory or the agony of defeat. (Trailer)
CAST: James Cosmo, Nicole Steinwedell, Marnie Schulenburg, Brian Anthony Wilson, Tobias Jelinek, Joshua Koopman, George Kareman, Zack Robidas, John Albano, Sarah Taylor, David Neal Levin
Spotlight on Korean-American Cultures
INNOCENT BLOOD (Drama/100 min)
Directed by SUN W. KIM and

James Park, a retired detective turned college professor, is forced to face his dark past in order to find his son Cody’s kidnapper. (Trailer)
CAST: Jun Kim, C.S. Lee, Alexandra Chun, Justin Chon, Doug Jones, Trip Hope, James J. Caldwell
VFF13 Closing Night Feature Film
CINEMABILITY (Documentary/98 min)
Directed by 
This documentary examines the ever-changing portrayals of disability story lines in film, TV and the web to see if the media has had a hand in transforming the societal inclusion of people with disabilities.  (Trailer)
All 2013 Valley Film Festival screenings take place at the Laemmle NoHo 7
 5240 Lankershim Blvd., NoHo 91610

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Earth, Wind & Fire's former keyboardist Larry Dunn, Jon Barnes, Theresa King, Luis Montilla, Carlos Sanchez and other Jazz Giants rock the Catalina Jazz Club

Earth, Wind & Fire's Larry Dunn (middle) and Jazz giants.

HollywoodCA  – Legendary Los Angeles talk show host, MotherLove opened at the Catalina Jazz Club and introduced some very familiar names and sounds in Jazz Music.  

Jazz Master Jon Barnes teamed up with Earth, Wind and Fire’s Keyboardist Larry Dunn Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, Catalina Jazz Club. Barnes took command of the stage and orchestrated his an amazing mix of singers, bass, percussion and strings. 

Violinist Luis Montilla holds up a collectible and
signed coy of Earth Wind & Fire's hot 1979 Vinyl,
which includes the hit song, "Shining Star" that
launched the band over the top commercially.

The talented Barnes opened the evening with a slow jazz tune on the piano and played the trumpet in one hand while hit the piano keys with other in harmony. Later smooth Jazz Singer Theresa King and Singer Myra Washington rock the house with some familiar songs and even a Beatle tune, "Come Together", which sounded more like Tina Tuner rockin' out than Washington. 

Barnes recently performed at the Catalina Jazz Club (Aug. 2-3) with Arturo Sandoval and Skip Martin (Kool and The Gang former lead singer).The jazz trio performed at the daCarbo Jazz Festival this summer  The European tour was also filmed as a possible upcoming documentary. All were endorsed by the one of a kind daCarbo with exclusive signature carbon-made fiber trumpets with a trademark black style and light weight. More instruments are expected. Fyi, new concept cars are being manufacured out of the same materials to lighten the load.

Jon Barnes with Arturo Sandoval (right) at the Catalina Club. 
“Man, I wish my grandma was still alive, she wouldn't believe these famous people I've share the stay with," Barnes told the crowd at legendary jazz venue.
"She flip over if she heard me on stage with Earth, Wind & Fire's Larry Dunn," he said. "I'm gonna have to pinch myself later."

"I’m excited and living a dream," Barnes shouted
"I’m teaming up with the legendary keyboard man Larry Dunn, Theresa King, Brienn Perry, Myra Washington, Quentin Dennard and other great jazz musicians like LUis Montilla and Carlos Sanchez, so it don’t get any better,” he said. In case you missed and couldn't attend, here are some of the highlights:

Jon Barnes on Piano

Earth, Wind & Fire's Larry Dunn, Jon Barnes, Luise Montilla and Carlos Sanchez

Jon Barnes with Violinist composer Luis Montilla & friends -Latin Jazz

Jon Barnes with Earth, Wind & Fire's Larry Dunn & Friends (Hot Saxophone)

Jon Barnes & Myra Washington at the Catalina Jazz Club

Jon Barnes with Theresa King singing a classing song, "Take your There." 

Jon Barnes with Keyboardist Larry Dunn + Singer Brienn K. Perry & band

Barnes recently teamed with Dunn to performed music on the new album, the first in 12 years by Earth, Wind and Fire entitled, “Now, Then and Forever.”   
"Larry Dunn produced two songs on the record and also played on the other tracks.  he and I conducted, scored, and played on Whirlwind, written by Larry and Luisa Dunn and Hiroto Kobayashi," said Barnes.

">Jon Barnes composes music and performs on Earth, Wind
 and Fire's latest album, Now, Then & Forever.

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Music Master Jon Barnes to rock the house with Earth, Wind and Fire's Larry Dunn and Theresa King at the Catalina Jazz Club Oct. 1.

Earth, Wind and Fire's Keyboardist Larry Dunn to perform
at the Catalina Club, Tuesday night, Oct. 1 with Jon Barnes and
Jazz Singer Theresa King.

Jon Barnes, who played with Arturo Sandoval and Kool and the Gang’s former lead Singer Skip Martin at the club and on tour in Europe returns Tuesday night for a one night blast of Jazz music

Hollywood, CA – Jazz Giant Jon Barnes teams up with Earth, Wind and Fire’s Keyboardist Larry Dunn Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, Catalina Jazz Club. Tickets are $25. Barnes will also take the stage with smooth Jazz Singer Theresa King for a one night performance at the legendary music venue.

Barnes recently performed at the Catalina Jazz Club (Aug. 2-3) with Arturo Sandoval and Skip Martin (Kool and The Gang former lead singer).The jazz trio performed at the daCarbo Jazz Festival this summer  The European tour was also filmed as a possible upcoming documentary.

Jon Barnes with Arturo Sandoval (right) at the Catalina Club. 
“I’m excited and living a dream to have the chance to play with such talented jazz and hit music masters as Sandoval, Martin and Theresa. And now from Kool and the Gang fame, I’m teaming up with the legendary Earth, Wind and Fire’s keyboard man Larry Dunn, so it don’t get any better,” he said.

Barnes recently teamed with Dunn to performed music on the new album, the first in 12 years by Earth, Wind and Fire entitled, “Now, Then and Forever.”   

"Larry Dunn produced two songs on the record and also played on the other tracks. he and I conducted, scored, and played on Whirlwind, written by Larry and Luisa Dunn and Hiroto Kobayashi," said Barnes.

">Jon Barnes composes music and performs on Earth, Wind
 and Fire's latest album, Now, Then & Forever.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Young actors learn to do more for the community at Ronald McDonald red carpet benefit

Several hundred people packed into a red carpet Pool Party this weekend (Sept. 14, 2013) to help launch the Actor Training In LA (ATLA) “Homecoming” of the Parent, Young Adult, Youth & Teen Expo, 2013. The event was free to actors, but each were ask to make donations of $40 to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

For the past five years, Owner Laurie Morella, Actor Training In LA has scheduled and managed classes, showcases, camps, workshops and intensive training for both youth and teen actors in the LA market.
Morella never thought she would make such a difference to so many parents and young actors’ lives. Morella move to LA in March 2008 with her daughter, Tabitha Morella, to help her in her acting career. Today, she’s helping hundreds of young actors and their parents make the transition in the entertainment industry, but hanging on to family values and quality of life issues.

“We want these young actors to relax and enjoy life, but on the serious side we wanted them to understand the importance of charity, which was why we picked Ronald McDonald House. One of my nephews was in there when he was a baby and so we picked that charity.”

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Laurie earned her Professional Actor Life Coaching Certificate through Fowler Wainwright International and has created a trusting and secure learning environment, where actors can master their skills and grow as individuals.

A laundry list of celebrities, mainly youth actors including Nadji Jeter (Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2) Justin Prentice (Malibu Country) McCarrie McCausland (Army Wives) Alicia Sixtos (East Los High) Aedin Mincks (A.N.T. Farm) Austin Mincks (Melissa and Joey) Zach Callison (Sofia the First) Jake Short (A.N.T. Farm) and many others came out to support the four hour event at the Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel & Convention Center, Burbank, CA.

“ATLA invited us, Looking Ahead Program, tonight to give the young actors an idea what we’re about,” said Education Counselor Laura Renae Campbell, Looking Ahead, Los Angeles. “A lot of these kids are on the set and constantly working in entertainment with peer pressures, so we allow them to take off their industry hat and just be themselves.”

Zach Callison (Sofia the First)
Looking Ahead programs help young performers and their families tackle the unique issues associated with working in the entertainment industry. The nonprofit supports young performers between the ages of nine and 18 in developing the values, skills and confidence they need to make successful transitions to fulfilling adult lives. Looking Ahead was developed in cooperation with the Screen Actors’ Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) Young Performers Committee.

Since 2003, The Actors Fund's Looking Ahead program has helped Southern California's young performers and their families address the unique issues associated with working in the entertainment industry.

The two day Burbank workshops allowed the actors to loosen up, go swimming and have fun. They also got the chance to meet some two dozen talent agent and learn how to improve on audition techniques, on-camera techniques, script analysis, building confidence, self-respect, manners and more importantly, how to succeed in Life.

“We pride ourselves in supplying the best teacher in LA, which consist of casting directors, casting associates, casting assistants, agents, managers and acting coaches and life coaches,” said Campbell.

"I am a professional life acting coach, educator, and organizer, I offer life coaching, acting classes, seminars and educational casting director workshops for actors to learn about their craft and to help them succeed in life,” explained Laurie Morella, ATLA. For more on ATLA visit:
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Monday, September 9, 2013

Operation Blankets of Love animal rescuer becomes a new LUSH Cosmetics Charity Pot

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LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics unveiled over the weekend (Sat., Sept. 07, 2013), at the LUSH's comestics store, Wesfield Topanga shopping mall, Woodland Hills a new addition to its widely popular fresh hand and body lotions.
 “We are celebrating our newest member label placed on our hand and body crème, Operation Blankets of Love, which provides shelter, comfort and pet supplies to scores of shelters and organizations,” said Assistant Manager, Brittany Baima. “100 percent of the proceeds from the Lush Charity Pot lotion are actually donated to charity.”
LUSH store manager Hilary Pickles (left) with
OBOL founder Eileen Smulson (3rd from L),
Brittany Baima, LUSH and Aida Mayo (R). 

Charity is a huge part of what Lush does, too. According to Manager Hilary Pickles, “so far LUSH has helped 350 charities around the globe donating. $2.8 million to pay for fresh drinking water supplies, saving the environment and supporting animal welfare charities such as Operation Blankets of Love.”

The LUSH Westfield Topanga mall store donated $13,000 alone during Nov. and Dec., 2012.

“We're so happy that LUSH selected Operation Blankets of Love as their new Charity Pot products label,” said OBOL Founder Eileen Smulson, who was at the store with her dog,“Ginger" dressed in pink bows.

“OBOL is very proud to be supported by this wonderful organic, cosmetics industry leader, which has supported animal rights and rescue organizations like ours for more than 30 years," said Smulson.

OBOL Founder Eileen Smulson with a new
LUSH Charity Pot and OBOL Label.
"I’m humble to receive this donation to help continue our animal safety education for children ages three through high school,” she said. Smulson often brings her dog to school classrooms to illustrate how to humanely, treat and care for all animals.

LUSH'S contributions are accomplished with employee volunteers and through it sales of “fresh handmade natural cosmetics." The have a complete range of natural bath and body products, including natural soaps, bath bombs, hand and body lotions.

Because the products are so naturally rich and colorful, a quick stroll through a LUSH store looks more like a fresh bakery or deli with food shelves, than soaps carved into artistic and smooth designs. LUSH’s Charity Pot is 100 percent fair trade, organic cocoa butter from the Dominican Republic. It also has moisturizing almond oil and a sweet, soft ylang ylang fragrant.

“Charity Pot is so much more than a donation to charities,” said Hilary Pickles,
LUSH soap looks more like food to eat.
manager, LUSH, Woodland Hills. “The Charity Pot is made with the finest possible ingredients, so your skin will feel as soft as your heart.”
LUSH has been fighting against animal cruelty and lab animal testing for three decades. They buy ingredients only from companies that don’t allow tests on animals or humans.

The LUSH website says, “Fighting animal testing should be more than a slogan; it needs to be a genuine practice. Unfortunately, it’s become commonplace in the North American cosmetics industry to test products and their ingredients on animals in labs.”

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