Warehouse 13

Joanne Kelly and Eddie McClintock from Warehouse 13attend the 2013 NBC Universal Summer Press Day  at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa April 22, 2013 in Pasadena, California.
Joanne Kelly and Eddie McClintock from Warehouse 13 attend the 2013 NBC Universal Summer Press Day  at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa April 22, 2013 in Pasadena, California.

Syfy’s warhorse drama returns

By Valerie Milano

Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times)  4/30/13 – In a recent interview with THT during NBC’s Summer Press Day at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena director Jack Kenny (Titus, Caroline in the City) and actors Eddie McClintock  (Bones) and Joanne Kelly (Going the Distance, Vanished) shared their thoughts about their show Warehouse 13.  “We try to stay as accurate as possible to history.  And I feel like it’s a lot a fun, but you should also get some course credit for watching it, because you learn a whole boatload of stuff on our show, and you learn it through humor and action and excitement and fun.  And I think that’s kind of a good plus side benefit of our show” said Jack Kenny. Continue reading “Warehouse 13”

Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson

Left to right: Foundation Vice Chair Cara Esposito and Margo Leonetti O'Connell (granddaughter and daughter of Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson and Executive Director and Board President of the Leonetti O'Connell Family Foundation), Foundation Board Chair Laifun Chung, LACHSA Music Chair Dan Castro, Foundation Board Treasurer Sandra Ell.
Left to right: Foundation Vice Chair Cara Esposito and Margo Leonetti O’Connell (granddaughter and daughter of Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson and Executive Director and Board President of the Leonetti O’Connell Family Foundation), Foundation Board Chair Laifun Chung, LACHSA Music Chair Dan Castro, Foundation Board Treasurer Sandra Ell.

LACHSA = The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts will be naming their new theater on May 2nd in a very special dedication ceremony.

By Valerie Milano

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 4/28/13 – Three generations of women in the Leonetti family will celebrate the momentous occasion as they name the new theater Caroline’s L.O.F.T. in their family’s honor.

The theate has been a family passion for many years, with Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson co-founding LACSHA in 1985. Caroline’s daughter Margo Leonetti O’Connell oversees the foundation and grand daughter Cara Leonetti Esposito participates on the Arts High Foundation Board.Matching a state grant from the California Career Technical Education Facilities Program, and written by Lois Hunter, Margo Leonetti O’Connell generously matched funds to fully equip the black box style theater and scene shop with the very latest and greatest technology. Continue reading “Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson”

17th Annual PRISM Awards Ceremony

Katey SegalThe Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC)

By Valerie Milano

Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 4/28/13 – The PRISM Awards are given to the entertainment industry for accurate depiction of social issues in television, films, music and comic books. All areas are considered from substance abuse and mental health issues, prevention, treatment and recovery.  On that note, it was heart warming to begin the show with Shadoe Stevens (the voice for the evening) telling guests we are honoring those from last weeks attacks.  At that point we all rose while some of the members of the US Army marched around the room and on stage with flags – all was in silence. Continue reading “17th Annual PRISM Awards Ceremony”

Corsages for Caps and Gowns Reminder

Hoda Makkar
Hoda Makkar

A Sentimental Gift  

By Valerie Milano

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 4/27/13 – We always complain about the world and the direction it is going in.  We also complain about who is responsible for the educational success of our children:  is it the home or school’s responsibility?  What about those students who have met the challenges and have taken responsibility for their own success?  Continue reading “Corsages for Caps and Gowns Reminder”

Billboard Latin Music Convention

la super divertida y alegre Natalia Jiménez during the press conference
la super divertida y alegre Natalia Jiménez during the press conference

Business Savvy

By Valerie Milano

Miami, FL (The Hollywood Times) 4/25/13 – Miami felt like a rhumba during the Billboards Latin Music Convention and Awards show, a true celebration of everything related to the music industry – with a sabroso Latin touch!

For three days, attendees to the convention had the opportunity of networking with top music executives, marketing experts, world-famous artists such as Gloria Estefan and Natalia Jimenez among others, while acquiring relevant knowledge in areas such as writing, producing, marketing plus new trends in showcasing music and social media. Continue reading “Billboard Latin Music Convention”

IFTA 2013

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 19:  Chairman of Hemisphere Film Capital Jeff Sagansky speaks at IFTA Production Conference At The Beverly Wilshire on April 19, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Ari Perilstein/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – APRIL 19: Chairman of Hemisphere Film Capital Jeff Sagansky speaks at IFTA Production Conference At The Beverly Wilshire on April 19, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ari Perilstein/WireImage)

Embracing the small screen

By Valerie Milano

Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 4/28/13 – The Independent Film & Television Alliance held the 2013 Production Conference last Friday at the beautiful Beverly Wilshire Hotel.  Embracing the Small Screen: How Independents Are Defining Their Future in Television and Digital Media was the topic of discussion.

Starz,  In an effort to explore the increasing relevance of the small screen, IFTA created a opportunity to examine new business models by providing 2 panels: The Buyers, (television and digital media) and The Sellers, (independent producers and executives). With so many – hundreds of television channels in the U.S-  there are more and more opportunities for creating web-based, in-demand content. The Hollywood Times was there to cover the first portion, The Buyers.  Jeff Sagansky, with over 25 years experience in the entertainment industry, (currently with Hemisphere Film Capital) addressed a full room, explaining “these new partnerships and business combinations might seem daunting but the rewards are there.  I’ve been an early investor in companies like Lionsgate since before they had one television show on the air.” Suggesting to producers that there still is a demand for American writers, Sagansky feels it’s the right time to develop a wider range of relationships here as well as in the U.K. saying, “we are at a unique moment, a very unique moment in the international television business and it’s a very special moment. I would urge you all to really think seriously on how you can seize the moment”. Continue reading “IFTA 2013”

Lashfully Salon and DuWop Cosmetics

Matana LePlae, Spencer Barnes, and Liv Contreras; photo by Karina Pires
Matana LePlae, Spencer Barnes, and Liv Contreras; photo by Karina Pires

Joining Forces in Beverly Hills

By Valerie Milano

Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 4/17/13 – “Most people remember us from our Lip Venom product and they’re surprised to see how much they enjoy our makeup line as well,” says Kristin La Roque of DuWop cosmetics last Friday at Lashfully on Rodeo Drive.

Joining forces with DuWop cosmetics, Lashfully full service lash salon hosted a makeover event and open house for their VIP guest list.  Professional mini makeovers and lash applications were enjoyed by guests as they sipped on VeeV Acai Cocktails.  Continue reading “Lashfully Salon and DuWop Cosmetics”

Que Bonito Amor

Danna García protagonizará la telenovela ‘Qué bonito amor’.
Danna García protagonizará la telenovela ‘Qué bonito amor’.

Univision launches mega hit novela

By: Valerie Milano

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 4/12/13 – Univision launches Que Bonito Amor (what a beautiful love), a novela filled with treason, thrill, new beginnings, and the inevitable – love. There are two things that will make Que Bonito Amor, a Salvador Mejia production, standout like no other. The first – the stellar cast which includes Mexico’s sweetheart Angelia Maria, the handsomely rugged Jorge Salinas, the beautiful and versatile Danna Garcia, and introducing Rafael Negrete, grandson of Mexican legend Jorge Negrete; the second , and for the first time ever (at least in recent history), the inclusion of Mariachi music. Continue reading “Que Bonito Amor”

The House I Live In

Eugene Jarecki, producer and director of The House I Live In during theIndependent Lens Panel at PBS 2013 Winter Press Tour at Langham Hotel on January 15, 2013 in Pasadena, California.  (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America)

In This Photo: Alfre Woodard, Charles Ogletree , Eugene Jarecki, Bonnie Boswell (L-R) Executive producer Bonnie Boswell, narrator/actress Alfre Woodard of "The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights", Professor of Law, Harvard University, Charles Ogletree of "The House I Live In", and Eugene Jarecki, producer and director of "The House I Live In" speak onstage during the Independent Lens Panel at the PBS Portion- Day 2 of the 2013 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at Langham Hotel on January 15, 2013 in Pasadena, California. (Jan. 14, 2013 - Source: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America)
In This Photo: Alfre Woodard, Charles Ogletree , Eugene Jarecki, Bonnie Boswell
(L-R) Executive producer Bonnie Boswell, narrator/actress Alfre Woodard of “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights”, Professor of Law, Harvard University, Charles Ogletree of “The House I Live In”, and Eugene Jarecki, producer and director of “The House I Live In” speak onstage during the Independent Lens Panel at the PBS Portion- Day 2 of the 2013 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at Langham Hotel on January 15, 2013 in Pasadena, California.
(Jan. 14, 2013 – Source: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America)

The War On Drugs

By Valerie Milano

Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times)  4/9/13 – In a recent interview with THT and other reporters, Eugene Jarecki describes his film The House I Live In as “…a very complicated multi-tiered problem that has taken decades to amass itself, and it will take some time, hopefully not decades, but it will take a complex approach to resolve it.” He continues by saying, “So it was a decision of mine in the context of the film, for two reasons, not to try to tie it up in a neat bow and say, ‘Here’s an astronomically complex problem the country’s gripped in,’ due to our own history of racism, our own history of classism, decisions that were made along the way that were, for the short term, profit of an industry and, the short term, political profit of politicians that have cost millions of people deeply their lives. But instead, to say this is a problem so vast that I’m going to let you know that people are working on it, people like Charles Ogletree who is in the film clearly seeking. He speaks before Congress in the film, and you can see Senator Webb struggling to get an overhaul of our criminal justice system, and, and, and… There’s people throughout my film who are insiders, jailers, wardens, cops, judges, all saying ‘I’m telling you from the inside this doesn’t work.’ Continue reading “The House I Live In”

The Labyrinth

The Labyrinth director Jason Schmidt
The Labyrinth director Jason Schmidt

By Valerie Milano

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 4/7/13 – One of the most powerful documentaries to experience is “The Labyrinth: The Testimony of Marian Kolodziej”.

Although much has been filmed, published and presented about the Holocaust, this documentary is mesmerizing and shocking, in its form it is brilliant. Not just art, the is a journey into the unimaginable, told first-hand by the artist. Continue reading “The Labyrinth”

The Wedding Salon

 

Tatiana Byron is an EO New York member, founder of The Wedding Salon and president of 4PM Events, a dynamic, full-service special events company
Tatiana Byron is an EO New York member, founder of The Wedding Salon and president of 4PM Events, a dynamic, full-service special events company

Seeks to beat the Wedding and marriage odds and does one fine job!

By Valerie Milano

Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 4/4/13 – Tatiana Byron, the founder of the number one premier luxury bridal showcase has been among the top resources for wedding planning needs. The Wedding Salon was hosted at the SLS hotel in Beverly Hills, California.  Although the first day was displaying the best designer gowns (and every possible wedding need a bride could desire), the more relaxed event at the Montage was meant to pamper the brides with hair styles and facials while holding vodka in wine glasses. Occasionally, a lucky bride would sit in the “princess chair” while getting a very vanilla and tasteful fully clothed lap dance.  Continue reading “The Wedding Salon”

Orphan Black

 

In This Photo: Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris Actors Tatiana Maslany (L) and Jordan Gavaris speak onstage at the "Orphan Black" panel discussion during the BBC America portion of the 2013 Winter TCA Tour- Day 2 at Langham Hotel on January 5, 2013 in Pasadena, California. (Jan. 4, 2013 - Source: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America)
In This Photo: Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris
Actors Tatiana Maslany (L) and Jordan Gavaris speak onstage at the “Orphan Black” panel discussion during the BBC America portion of the 2013 Winter TCA Tour- Day 2 at Langham Hotel on January 5, 2013 in Pasadena, California.
(Jan. 4, 2013 – Source: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America)

Finding Light in the Darkness

By Valerie Milano

Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 4/1/2013 – “They’re all dark; they’re all flawed; they’re all selfish,”  says Orphan Black actress Tatiana Maslany.  They’re human.”  Airing this past Saturday on the BBC Network, the show follows Maslany in her role as Sarah, a young hustler who takes the identity of a woman who has just committed suicide. Not coincidentally, the woman turns just before she leaps in front of the speeding train, revealing to Sarah that her looks are an exact match to her own. Having just skipped town with a violent ex boyfriend’s stash of cocaine, she welcomes the divine opportunity to assume someone else’s life, and finances, to make a quick escape with her best friend (Jordan Gavaris) and estranged daughter. Unfortunately, things go awry as Sarah is thrust into her new circumstances waiting for a large bank transfer. She quickly learns her of profession as a police detective and gains insight on what may have led her predecessor to self-execution. While starting a new job that includes solving murders and committing high dollar bank fraud would prove more than enough for most, Sarah becomes even more entangled as she realizes there are more doppelgangers and someone is out to get them all. Continue reading “Orphan Black”

Call the Midwife

Actresses Jessica Raine (L) and Helen George speak onstage during the Call The Midwife panel discussion during the PBS  2013 Winter TCA Press Tour at Langham Hotel on January 15, 2013 in Pasadena, California.  (Source: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America)
Actresses Jessica Raine (L) and Helen George speak onstage during the Call The Midwife panel discussion during the PBS  2013 Winter TCA Press Tour at Langham Hotel on January 15, 2013 in Pasadena, California.  (Source: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America)

The band of nurses and midwives come together to form a sisterhood

By Valerie Milano

Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 4/1/2013 – “And we have always, from the word “go,” blended that precious original material with stuff which is original. We’re using stories which are true from that period but combining them with Jennifer’s work.” – Screenwriter Heidi Thomas told THT on adapting the memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth into new PBS series, Call the Midwife. Continue reading “Call the Midwife”