Tuesday, April 27, 2010

MOENIA “En Electrico” available on iTunes and stores nationwide today

Simultaneous premiere of the video for “No Importa Que El Sol Se Muera”, the first single collaboration with vocalist Maria Jose) on...
PRIMER IMPACTO, Wednesday April 28, at 5 p.m. PST
Vesper Public Relations

Vesper Public Relations: Tuesday April 27, 2010: A career that spans 18 years, iconic Latin American electro pop group MOENIA releases today it new album titled “En Eléctrico” in the United States.
 “En Eléctrico” (CD y DVD) available on iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/en-electrico/id367484226 and stores nationwide today, marks the return of the band to the studio and stage after a short brake in which each member worked on individual projects

is set to premiere the video of its first single, “No Importa Que El Sol Se Muera”, via Univision’s Primer Impacto on April 28, 2010 at 5 p.m. PST. Following the television premiere, the video will be released on Univision.com, the #1 portal for Spanish speakers on the Internet.
This dual premiere on two of Univision’s most important media channels reaffirms MOENIA’s status as an icon of Latin America-made (Mexico) electronic music for world consumption.
A release of the video through MOENIA’s own social networks will follow, so that the group may share this milestone with its legion of fans. The group is always interacting with fans via Twitter@MoeniaMX, where the band keeps loyal followers updated on its artistic doings, thoughts, pictures, and more.
On this video, MOENIA invited María José (former member of Kabah), to perform on their single also included on the album. The video was directed by Diego Álvarez, produced by Platform and was filmed in Mexico City.
“En Eléctrico” is being released on OCESA-Sei Track (Mexico) and produced by Latin GRAMMY© award winner Armando Ávila, recognized for his work with leading contemporary Latin music artists, such as La 5ª Estación, Aleks Syntek, RBD, and Moderatto, to mention a few. This album features a collection of new versions of MOENIA’s greatest hits and special & unique musical collaborations by María José (ex Kabah), Juan Carlos Lozano (ex MOENIA vocalist) and Paco Huidobro (Fobia).
“We included new versions of each one of our songs, a little more ‘raw’, with lots of synth, but all recorded live or programmed live, very different from a studio album where you have many sequences and other things throughout,” said Alfonso Pichardo, lead vocalist of the group.
As a plus, ‘En Electrico’ features a DVD in which Jorge Soto (organ) explains how the content took shape, “we played with a small crowd of 60 people, all live, so it has this vibe of a live performance but with super powerful synthesizers, drums - it’s a very interesting process, you can’t stop hearing MOENIA. It’s like an unplugged show but with a plugged feeling.”
With eight albums and a career that spans almost two decades, the group that is frequently compared to transcendental bands like New Order, Erasure, The Cure, and Depeche Mode has perfected a sound that mixes experimental tones and electric rhythms almost poetically and is eager to share the latest expression of it with the USA.
MOENIA is composed of Alfonso Pichardo (vocals), Alejandro Ortega Midi (synth) and Jorge Soto (organ).

Film Screening for Independent Comedy, “BRAINIACS IN LA LA LAND” May 6th in Hollywood

(Los Angeles) April 27, 2010 – From the producers partners of the smash DVD hit release, “The Greatest Song” a religious and romantic comedy comes another comedy – minus the religious, a little less romance and a lot more about sex, “Brainiacs in LA LA Land“. A special screening of the film will take place Thursday, May 13th, 2010 at Falcon, located at 7213 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90046
“Brainiacs in LA LA Land”, a hilarious portrayal of all of the sexual undertones and subtext that govern the world of Hollywood taking place . Written, directed and produced by the team that brought you “The Greatest Song” with Lamman Rucker; Comedian/Actress Aida Rodriguez and Director Sarah Poindexter. Cast members include: Teck Holmes (MTV’s “The Real World”), Sean Riggs (“Stomp The Yard”), Poprah (“I Want to Work for Diddy”), Tia Barr of (“The Mind of Mencia”) and many more. The event will be attended by cast, crew and other notable celebrities.
Film Synopsis:
Inspired by a true story, Brainiacs in LA LA Land portrays the journey of Hollywood director Amanda, played by Sarah Poindexter and her best friend Latina actress extraordinairre Elizabeth referred to as Liz in the film, played by Aida Rodriguez. The best friends are on a quest in Holly-Weird trying to make their mark on Tinseltown, and it’s all sex, lies and video tape as both women face issues when their sex lives collide with their careers. Amanda, who prides herself on substance, is faced with a decision about her career and sex life that may have the very same result; getting screwed; when Amanda decides to quit the biz and is unable to see her true value through her own eyes “The Manager” played by Sean Riggs becomes the motivation she needs to get back on track. Both women fed up with the antics of the industry decide to take Hollywood by storm writing their own movie, one that finally tells the truth. Liz is in search of a big break to launch her into Hollywood success but there’s one huge obstacle standing between her and that career changing role; the famed casting couch. Coming along for the ride, Liz’s unsupportive beau Steven Johnson played by Josh Adams Meyers, with his own Hollywood dreams that require Liz’s presence but not her participation. Teck Homles plays the role of “The Event Planner” at your service for all your threesomes, gangbangs, and any of you other Hollywood event needs. Find out more about the film at http://www.brainiacsmovie.com/
Thursday, May 6th, 2010 at Falcon, located at 7213 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90046
  • Media Check-In – 6:45 p.m.
  • Red Carpet Begins/Doors Open – 7:00 p.m.
  • Screening – 8:00 p.m.
Cast interviews, and film screeners are available upon request. An updated tip sheet is available upon request.


LisaRaye Launches Network  to Connect Professional Men & Women Nationwide

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(Los Angeles, CA -April 26, 2010) Actress/Model and former First Lady of Turks & Caicos LisaRaye invites you to join her and celebrity friends along with the rest of Back to Business Network (“B2B”) for the 1st Annual Back to Business Mixdown Memorial Day Weekend.  Presented by Imbibe Entertainment, Inc., this three day lavish, star studded networking event will be held at the Exquisite Caribe Hilton Hotel in San Juan, PR May 28 - 31, 2010

This Mixdown will officially launch LisaRaye’s Back to Business Network (“B2B”) and celebrate LisaRaye’s hit reality show on TvOne – LisaRaye: The Real McCoy.  Confirmed celebrity guests include, Trina, Lil Kim, Comedians: Kevin Hart, Griff, Queen Aishah, A.J. Johnson, sponsored by Cash Money and Coors Light. 
B2B Network was launched by LisaRaye on an as-need basis to combine celebrity friends and professionals together to empower and build business relationships.  This weekend will feature business empowerment, social gatherings, cocktails, mixers   and much more!   The weekend will kick of Friday with a cocktail dinner and Oceanside sexy singles mixer and the evening will close with a Welcome to San Juan Puerto Rico Party.  Saturday will feature an All-Star Celebrity Comedy Show, and after-party with a surprise celebrity performance.   Sunday will start with a champagne brunch with special guest celebrities, VIPs, and empowerment panel discussion with special guest speakers.   Sunday night will end this exciting weekend with LisaRaye’s signature All-White Diamond Extravaganza, which includes a guest list of professional athletes, celebrities and VIPs and gift bags with sounds by DJ Jam-X and featuring The Big DM & Tony Neal from Core DJ's.
Because you made TV One's biggest show in history LisaRaye:"The Real McCoy" a hit, we are now offering $75 off each person that books now through May 1st.   For more information, please go to:  www.montrosetravel.com/b2b

 About B2B:
Back to Business is a social network, committed to the empowerment and promotion
of building successful business relationships. Memorial Day weekend of 2010 will mark its premier engagement thus far.

Back to Business is an affable group, in an endeavor to connect professional men and women nationwide, and globally to congregate specifically for the sake of building business relationships.
In just four months, B2B has quickly expanded and has been mentioned asThe fastest growing social empowerment organization today.

About LisaRaye McCoy:
Beautiful and charismatic actress LisaRaye McCoy former First Lady
LisaRaye McCoy-Misick of the glorious Turks and Caicos Islands. LisaRaye starred in the hit comedy series All of Us which ran for four seasons on CW Network.

Produced and inspired by the domestic adventures of Will and Jada Smith, the show focuses on juggling ex-spousal relationships while maintaining a nurturing environment for their child.

Well remembered for her breakout performance as Diamond in the New Line feature
The Players Club, which also starred Jamie Foxx and marked Ice Cube's
Directorial debut, LisaRaye has continued to work with notable actors such as Queen Latifah
in MGM's Beauty Shop, Terrence Howard in the indy feature Love Chronicles, Omar
Epps in Paramount's The Wood, and Mos Def in Civil Brand which premiered at the
2003 Sundance Film Festival.

In television, she has appeared in episodes of The Parent 'Hood and
In the House and was one of nine struggling actors featured on Bravo's The It
Factor before she landed her starring role on All of Us.

Voted Black Men Magazine's "Sexiest Woman of the Year for two years in a row (an honor no other star has achieved in the history of the publication) the hazel eyed beauty was also voted top five Rising Female Stars by Ebony Magazine.  Be on the look out Spring 2010 for LisaRaye's reality show on TV One Network. 

To be filmed in Los Angeles and Turks and Caicos, the new reality series will follow the star as she works to fully re-establish her critically acclaimed acting career, while balancing a far-flung complex personal life.

The daughter of a successful businessman and a mother who modeled professionally, LisaRaye inherited a head for business and a natural beauty for the camera. The multi-faceted actress is a positive role model for her community.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


400 Club, U-Stream.com, Echoing Soundz & BlackMen Magazine

 Present The Hot Topic Celebrity Edition

MIAMI, FL (April 22, 2010) For the third consecutive year Valley Girl rapper, Hazel-E kicks off yet another star-studded birthday weekend in Miami. This year’s celebrity theme feature hot topic celebrities from the intriguing Eva Pigford of America’s Next Top Model, to the everlasting songstress and Blog Darling Teairra Marie, Mr. 80 billion reported YouTube views rapper, Twista, to the newest industry after-hours on-line broadcaster and rapper, Quincy Brown also son of Diddy.  With the bandwidth of names such as these, Miami party rockers can expect an all the way turned up weekend complimented by a red carpet runway.

The event highlights from the past two years were captured only through photos and rumored blogs.  This year, U-Stream is now an official sponsor of the LifeStyle of a ValleyGirl weekend and will broadcast both the behind-the-scenes and daily events on the front-page of U-Stream.com. Currently on the cover of Urban Ink Magazine alongside artist, The Game and a 10-page spread in BlackMen Magazine on stands now, Hazel-E attracted beauty and fashionista companies such as Melody Eshani, Gilbeau, Jacquilin James & Jewels, Kyndra Beaudion for April Vain extentions, SB Shades, CherryPie Swimwear and Destination 1610 to all serve as sponsors of the weekend.

A list of Hollywood socialites and hush-hush musical celebrities are set to attend the weekend as well as Def Jam artist YG, featured on Hazel-E’s “Party Like That” record (Produced by J Hawk) and LA’s own, Power106 DJ Carisma will guest DJ both the pool party and club Cameo with Twista on Saturday. Miami’s 400 Club and Hollywood’s own Echoing Soundz will produce all of the events. This is how movies are made.


Newport Beach, CA (April 1, 2010) – The World Premiere of FIVE STAR DAY will open the
2010 Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at Edwards Big
Newport (300 Newport Center Drive). The 11th edition of the Festival will run from April 22 –
29, 2010.
FIVE STAR DAY stars Cam Gigandet (Twilight) as Jake Gibson, whose horoscope forecasts a
perfect ‘Five Star Day’ the morning of his birthday. Little does he realize that what’s foretold to
be a flawless ‘Five Star Day,’ unfolds to be far less than stellar when Jake’s world is turned
upside down when all that could go wrong, does. Determined that astrology has no legitimacy,
Jake embarks on a journey to test the theory of astrology by finding three people born the same
time and place as himself. Jake’s pursuit in finding his three astrological matches not only will
test his convictions, but validate how life’s unexpected twists of fate can deliver much more than
anticipated. What Jake learns along the way is an important lesson about life, love, fate and
destiny that will unexpectedly change his life forever. FIVE STAR DAY also stars Jena Malone
(Saved!, The Soloist, Donnie Darko).
The film marks the feature directorial debut for Orange County native Danny Buday, who is also
the film’s producer and screenwriter. FIVE STAR DAY is the feature debut for editor Curtis Pierce
and cinematographer Jason Oldak. Orange County filmmakers on the film include executive
producer Mike Robertson and production designer Megan Hutchinson. For more information, log
on to www.fivestarday.com. Cam and Jena’s first lead
“All of us who worked on FIVE STAR DAY are deeply honored to be selected by the Newport
Beach Film Festival and are still in shock to be opening the Festival,” said Mike Robertson,
executive producer and producer of FIVE STAR DAY. “Having our World Premiere in our
backyard was something we couldn’t have even dreamed of.”
new short film from renowned animator Bill Plympton. The film is a children's fable about the
power of advertising, the meaning of life and ultimately the test of a mother's love.
Cast and crew from FIVE STAR DAY are scheduled to appear at the red carpet and screening.
Press check in will be from 5:30 – 6:30pm and red carpet arrivals will be held from 6:30 –
7:30pm. The screening will commence at 7:30pm. All press will need to be credentialed in order
to cover the opening night red carpet and screening. Press can register for credentials online at
Following the screening, the Festival, in partnership with Esquire magazine, will host an Opening
Night Gala at the Bloomingdale’s Courtyard in Fashion Island (401 Newport Center Drive). The
Gala will be highlighted by culinary samplings from over two-dozen of the area’s top restaurants,
a fashion show featuring the latest looks from several of Fashion Island’s top retailers, a special
performance from Mystère™ by Cirque du Soleil® at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
and a hosted bar provided by Absolut Vodka, Stella Artois and Perrier.
Tickets to the Opening Night Screening and Gala are $125 each and are now available at
www.newportbeachfilmfest.com. Patrons can also purchase tickets to the Opening Night Gala for
$80 each. Dress is black tie optional, and guests must be at least 21 years old.
The 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival will showcase over 350 films from 47 countries and host
nightly special events, red carpet galas, compelling conversations with filmmakers, international
spotlight events and seminars. The Festival offers filmgoers unique opportunities to mingle with
celebrities, filmmakers from around the globe and film industry professionals in a beautiful
seaside locale.
The NBFF is sponsored in part by Absolut Vodka, Fashion Island, Regal Entertainment Group,
Newport Lexus, Los Angeles Times, Time Warner Cable, and the City of Newport Beach.
Passes and tickets for film screenings and galas go on sale April 1, along with a complete Festival
line-up. To purchase tickets and for more information about the Newport Beach Film Festival,
visit www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com
About the Newport Beach Film Festival
Celebrated as one of the leading lifestyle film festivals in the United States, the Newport Beach
Film Festival seeks to bring to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking
from around the world. Committed to enlightening the public with a first-class international film
program, a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the NBFF
focuses on showcasing a diverse collection of studio and independent films from around the
globe. The eleventh annual Newport Beach Film Festival runs April 22-30, 2010 and will
spotlight over 400 films from around the world. www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Chuck Jones Characters to Summer at the Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Beverly Hills, CA — Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Pepe Le Pew, Wile E. Coyote and many other iconic characters created or developed by Oscar®-winning animator and humorist Chuck Jones (1912 – 2002) will be showcased in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ summer exhibition “Chuck Jones: An Animator’s Life From A to Z-Z-Z-Z,” opening to the public on Friday, May 14, in the Academy’s Grand Lobby Gallery in Beverly Hills. Admission is free.

Jones’s legendary and prolific career as animator, producer, director and screenwriter will be celebrated with more than 150 drawings, storyboards, cels and dialogue sheets from Jones’s animated short films, features and television specials, including “Elmer’s Candid Camera,” “For Scent-Imental Reasons,” “Duck Amuck,” “Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century,” “From A to Z-Z-Z-Z,” “What’s Opera, Doc?,” “Guided Mouse-ille” and “The Dot and the Line,” for which he (along with producer Les Goldman) won an Academy Award® in the Cartoon Short Subject category in 1965.
Jones also was nominated for the cartoon shorts “Beep Prepared” and “Nelly’s Folly,” both in 1961, and received an Honorary Award (an Oscar statuette) in 1995 “for the creation of classic cartoons which have brought worldwide joy for more than half a century.”

The exhibition is presented in association with the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, the nonprofit organization from which many items in the exhibition have been drawn. Additional loans come from the Chuck Jones Collection housed at Warner Bros.

“Chuck Jones: An Animator’s Life From A to Z-Z-Z-Z” will be on display through Sunday, August 22.

The Academy’s Grand Lobby Gallery is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills and is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends, noon to 6 p.m. The gallery will be closed for the Memorial Day (May 29 and 30) and Independence Day (July 3 and 4) holiday weekends.

For more information call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.

Lauren Hildebrandt’s MrWrongBlog.com Announces Posting Contest

Media Giants – West Hollywood, CA (April 20, 2010) *** Lauren Hildebrandt’s new blog site, MrWrongBlog.com launched earlier this year, commemorating all of the celebrity “Mr. Wrongs” and bad romances she cares to write about.  Inspired by her single titled “Mr. Wrong,” which celebrates liberation from a bad relationship, MrWrongBlog.com is opening up the posting to fans everywhere.  To make the site more interactively entertaining, MrWrongBlog.com will be accepting and posting personal stories from anyone who has experienced a Mr. Wrong (or even a Ms. Wrong) in their life.  The top 5 tragic breakup stories, submitted with candid photos, will receive a personally autographed copy of Lauren Hildebrandt’s full-length CD “Not Really a Waitress.”
“MrWrongBlog.com was always intended to be more than just another celebrity blogging site,” explains Lauren Hildebrandt. “The girl-next-door breakup story is perhaps more tragic and inspiring than most of the celebrity drama we read and hear about.  This is the chance to let the world know how bad it was and warn everyone to beware of your Mr. Wrong!”
MrWrongBlog.com will continue to showcase Hollywood’s most jaw-dropping “Splitsville” stories featuring the sinister Mr. Wrongs we love to hate. Everyone has a Mr. Wrong in their life. Come on, write up or videotape your story so everyone can learn about your Mr. Wrong!
Please visit http://www.mrwrongblog.com/ and submit your own Mr. Wrong chronicle with photos to info@mrwrongblog.com. Submissions may be submitted as a written story or via a YouTube video link that can be embedded onto the site. Winners will be personally chosen by Lauren Hildebrandt from the top stories received.
Lauren Hildebrandt is currently readying her next single’s remix package for “Underneath” -releasing this May. Stay tuned for more news coming soon!
Lauren Hildebrandt began wowing audiences in plays and musicals when she hit the fifth grade while living in Scottsdale, AZ. Spending her youth training as a singer, dancer, actress and gymnast, Hildebrandt absolutely loved any chance she received to perform.  Hildy enjoyed her teens performing with many dance troupes, theatre groups, and cheer squads. A standout experience of the time was being an original member of celebrity choreographer Brian Friedman’s (Britney Spears, “So You Think You Can Dance,” etc.) troop “Dance Source.”  While still in high school, Hildy begged her way into a recording studio and sang on her first record.  The experience changed her life and from that night forward, Lauren Hildebrandt knew that she wanted to become a professional recording artist. 
Lauren has performed several roles with European touring companies, such as Val in A Chorus Line and Frenchie in “Grease.” Moving on to college at Arizona State, Hildy majored in dance but longed for a mainstream pop career.  About two years into her studies, she had an unfortunate dancing accident and was forced to take a medical leave of absence.  This break actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise.  To fill her time off from college, Lauren ventured out to Los Angeles, California.
Soon after, a friend saw a posting in Backstage West for a new “triple threat” talent competition reality show produced by Debbie Allen.  Lauren stood in line with over 5000 hopefuls and won her spot on the new “Fame” reality series.  Hildy made it all the way to the top twelve appearing on national television week after week and winning fans the world over. 
When her stint on Debbie Allen’s “Fame” came to end, Hildebrandt hit the pavement auditioning and taking many meetings with entertainment executives.  She chose to stay in California and not return to college. Not happy with the speed at which things were developing, Lauren took charge of her career and destiny. She took a job as a waitress to support herself and hit the studio to record dance tracks to perform in the clubs.  During this time, she sang back-up vocals on the Sharon Stone charity single, “Come Together” and appeared in the video.  Hildy also had the incredible experience of dancing in the Black Eyed Peas “Bebot” video as one of Fergie’s dime girl dancers.
Hildy made a huge splash in the dance world with her debut single titled “Burnin’ Out,” which hit #5 on the Billboard club play chart. The “Burnin’ Out” video, directed by Black Eyed Peas director Patricio Ginsela, helped establish her as one of the hottest newcomers on the scene.  Fans from around the world were impressed by her soulful vocals and amazing live performances.  The unbelievable popularity of Lauren Hildebrandt’s first single led to a coveted nomination as “Best New Dance Artist” in 2006 against Rihanna and Cascada at the International Dance Music Awards.
Soon after, Lauren released the successful club hits “Dance With You” and “My Life Again” in succession.  Both dance singles went top 20 on the Billboard club charts and Lauren continued to appear everywhere from Honolulu’s famous Pipeline Café to clubs in New York and Miami.  Today, Hildy is making a splash on the mainstream scene with her debut album “Not Really a Waitress,” which features five tracks co-written by Lauren herself.  Her first Billboard charting single from the album “Boyshorts” is followed up with the release of “Underneath” Spring 2010.
For more information please visit: http://www.laurenhildebrandt.com

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

White Supremacy Rally in Los Angeles

The National Socialist Movement, an organization that supports white supremacy and racism held a rally at City Hall, City of Los Angeles, California.

ED MAGIK TV interviews some of the people who came out to support protest against the Neo-Nazi rally.

Two men were assaulted by angry protesters.
One of the men was homeless, with Nazi symbols tattooed on his upper body, passing out Nazi literature. The other man held a sign that got him in trouble with other protesters.
Both men were treated at a local hospital.

Five people were arrested for throwing eggs and rocks at police.

Note, Pete Allman was mistakenly credited in this video.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Justin Timberlake Joins ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO Lineup for One-on-One Conversation with Bill Withers

Three-Day Music Creator Conference will also Feature Quincy Jones being interviewed by Ludacris, an interview with John Mayer, Master Sessions with Linda Perry, Kenny Burrell, Don Schlitz, Loudon Wainwright III,
Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, Just Blaze, and more
Los Angeles / New York, April 9, 2010:  Music superstar Justin Timberlake has joined the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO lineup to be part of a first-ever feature for the conference, a One-on-One Conversation between two Grammy Award-winning music creators, when he engages in a conversation with legendary singer-songwriter Bill Withers, it was announced today by ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers).  The three-day EXPO will take place at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, April 22-24, 2010 in Los Angeles , CA .
Justin Timberlake is a songwriter, performer, producer, actor and entrepreneur.  Originally rising to fame as a member of the phenomenally successful Pop group *NSYNC, Timberlake eventually launched his solo career that has earned him 6 Grammy Awards, 2 Emmy Awards and dozens of accolades from around the world.  With two Pop/R&B solo albums that have sold more than 18 million albums worldwide, four #1 hits (“SexyBack,” “My Love,” “What Goes Around…/…Comes Around” and “Summer Love”) and the respect of his peers and fans across the globe, Timberlake has unique insight into the art and business of music today.  In a one-on-one conversation with legendary Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Bill Withers (“Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Just the Two of Us,” “Lean on Me,” “Lovely Day”), Timberlake and Withers will draw from experiences in their remarkable careers to explore what it means to be a well-rounded, dedicated and visionary music creator.
This year's EXPO will also feature Quincy Jones being interviewed by Ludacris, an interview with John Mayer, a series of writer and composer-focused Master Sessions with some of the most successful names in music, including Linda Perry, Kenny Burrell, Don Schlitz, Loudon Wainwright III, Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald and Just Blaze, in addition to song feedback panels, and an expanded array of career-building business, marketing, publishing and technological panels that speak to all music creators across all genres.  Also confirmed to participate are Kerry "Krucial" Brothers, Toby Gad, Allison Iraheta, Mark Isham, Lenny Kaye, Jason Mraz, Jill Sobule, C. Tricky Stewart, Phil Vassar, Don Was, and ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams among others.  Attendance by panelists and speakers is tentative and subject to change at any time.
The complete EXPO schedule was just announced.  To view it please visit http://www.ascap.com/eventsawards/events/expo/2010/schedule.aspx

The ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO is the premier conference for songwriters, composers and producers. It covers all genres of music and includes panels, workshops, master classes, keynotes, One-on-One sessions, song critiquing, networking events, product displays, state-of-the-art technology demonstrations, performances, and more. All music creators, producers, publishers and executives – regardless of their performing rights organization affiliation – will benefit from this unique creative event, which is designed around personal interaction, education and networking. For more information, and to register, please visit www.ascap.com/expo
Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization (PRO) representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 380,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members.  ASCAP has representation arrangements with similar foreign organizations so that the ASCAP repertory is represented in nearly every country around the world where copyright law exists.  ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances.  ASCAP is the only American PRO owned and governed by its writer and publisher members.  www.ascap.com

The Rose Breast Cancer Society Gives Hope

 by Pete Allman

Carmelita Pittman, founded The Rose Breast Cancer Society, a 501.c3 non-profit organization as a Living Memorial for her multi-talented and devoted mother Juanita Zara Espinosa Uddin, who loved roses and whose life was cut short following her four year battle with breast cancer. The Rose Breast Cancer Society has produced the Annual Rose Variety Arts Show for the past twelve years and is a combination of an Art Expo, Wellness Expo and Variety Stage Show which honors a Mother of the Year. The event has served as a platform to introduce Infrared Thermography , a life saving painless, radiation free, FDA approved, breast cancer screening examination which can predict the presence of breast cancer up to ten years BEFORE a lump can form. The Rose Breast Cancer Society stresses education to promote wellness and prevention and is an arts based organization. “Breast cancer is an equal opportunity disease which cuts across all lines and genders. However, there is hope to stop it before it strikes.” states Ms. Pittman. For more information visit www.rosebreastcancersociety.org

A former L.A. Unified School District art educator and U.S.C. and Pepperdine graduate, Carmelita Pittman who is a recording and performing artist is known as Carmelita. She has amassed several credits including various appearances on stage and screen. In 1985 she was known as Ms. C. Rappin’ Pittman ( the Rapping School Teacher) when she took half of her class into the recording studio and produced “The School of Cool” with Michael Wycoff , an RCA recording artist. The song hit the charts resulting with the appearance of she and her students on television and radio as well as a local parade. June 2001 at the invitation of the Godfather of Soul James Brown she performed at the Greek Theatre with her students from Inglewood “Opportunity” School along with a group of youngsters from the valley . Before this transpired her husband Jerry Pittman, produced her single entitled “Isn’t it Lonely” and “Rosebud” on Carmen Records which now is considered a rare collectible fetching sums of $1,000 and up per vinyl single in Northern England, Scotland, Japan and Australia. The single originally made the charts with James Brown and other noted recording artists in 1974.
The rare single can be heard on youtube Carmelita/Isnt it Lonely and Carmelita/ Rosebud. also on youtube is
Ms C Rappin Pittman/ The School of Cool. Isn’t it Lonely is available on Ubiquity Records on the compilation entitled California Soul Volume II and can be ordered at www.ubiquityrecords.com . Carmelita has also recently joined the cast of “Rockin’ with the Ages”, an upbeat rollicking musical revue featuring talented seniors produced by The Pink Lady a.k.a. Jackie Goldberg. The Pink Lady says “Get Up, Get Out and Get a Life ” and believes as Carmelita does that age is nothing more than a number. The musical will run May -June at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, CA for more info: email therosebcs@sbcglobal.net

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Join L.A. Lakers’ Forward Ron Artest at Saladish on Saturday, April 10th and help raise money for Best Friends Animal Society!

Artest will be onsite between 2-3pm for Lunch, Autographs, and Photo Opportunities
LOS ANGELES (April 6, 2010) – NBA Lakers’ Forward Ron Artest will make an appearance at new, health-conscious eatery Saladish on Saturday, April 10 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., located at  28901 S. Western Ave., Ranchos Palos Verdes, 90275.   Artest will have lunch, sign autographs and take photos with fans, while helping to raise money for Best Friends Animal Society’s Los Angeles area programs.  Saladish will donate fifty-percent of all net proceeds raised from sales on April 10 between the hours of 12:00 to 5:00pm, to Best Friends Animal Society.
Artest comments on his appearance at the event, “This is a great combination of two things I believe in – making healthy eating choices, and helping to raise awareness of the pet overpopulation crisis.  Best Friends Animal Society is also very active in the Los Angeles area, helping to place homeless animals in loving, new homes.”
Saladish provides a wide array of salads, toppings, protein choices, wraps, sandwiches and soups, all custom-tailor made by professional “saladistas.”
About Best Friends Animal Society: 
Best Friends Animal Society is a nonprofit, membership organization building no-kill programs and partnerships that will bring about a day when there are No More Homeless Pets. The society’s leading initiatives in animal care and community programs are coordinated from its Kanab, Utah, headquarters, the country’s largest no-kill sanctuary. This work is made possible by the personal and financial support of a grassroots network of members and community partners across the nation. In 2009, Best Friends celebrated its 25th anniversary. The society’s activities in the Los Angeles area include Pet Adoption Festivals, the Volunteer Brigade, and Catnippers (free spay and neuter for feral cats).  For more information about Best Friends Animal Society, visit www.bestfriends.org. To find out more about Best Friends’ programs in Los Angeles, visit www.bestfriends.org/la.
About Ron Artest:   Artest was signed to a five-year contract by the LA Lakers as a free agent on July 8, 2009 and has been playing professional basketball in the NBA since 1999.  He was selected to the 2005-06 NBA’s All-Defensive Team, was voted by the media as 2003-04 NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year, and was the only man with 271 steals in his first two seasons in the NBA, breaking Michael Jordan’s record.  Artest was born and raised in Queensbridge, and grew up in New York’s largest public housing complex.  Artest and his nonprofit, Xcel University, have remained active contributors in his hometown of Queensbridge, NY, and in the cities of NBA organizations for which he has played.  For more information, please visit www.ronartest.com.

Kim Zolciak and DJ Tracy Young Saga Explodes

It has been a roller coaster ride for International celebrity DJ Tracy Young this past year. Young moved from Miami to Los Angeles last summer with her former partner of three years. Unexpectedly, the two ended the relationship after only about a month into their new home, leaving Young completely heart-broken. 
Young, who has worked with some of the biggest names in music including Madonna, Stevie Nicks, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake (to name just a few), soon found herself picking up and moving to NYC for yet another big change and fresh start.
In walks a REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA star. DJ Tracy Young met Kim Zolciak in Los Angeles, while working on the dance track "Tardy for the Party."  The two had instant chemistry and a major soul-connection.  With a very public relationship and a slew of tabloid fodder, the two were making headlines wherever they went. But paradise did not last forever.  After much mudslinging and on-again/off-again turmoil, the story shows no sign of slowing down and DJ Tracy Young is yet again faced with another fresh start. Kim Zolciak has apparently gone back to Big Poppa for the money and is now taking back her "coming out" story in Life & Style Magazine.  It is just too trippy!
Yesterday Kim Zolciak gave an exclusive interview to the RADARONLINE about the relationship and she is now taking back everything she said. Well, almost everything.  She wants to now be known as "bi-curious."  Click here to read what the wig-wearin' reality show personality had to say to RADARONLINE.
Hours later, Perez Hilton posted his salacious, comical and sobering story about what has really been going on behind the scenes with DJ Tracy Young and Kim Zolciak.
Here is a snippet of Perez Hilton's exclusive interview article with a close friend of both Kim Zolciak and DJ Tracy Young:
"I will say that Tracy is certainly not mentally unstable. Kim is always talking about herself. It is always all about Kim. She is a very selfish person. As an example, Kim was obsessed with her own song "Tardy for the Party." Whenever we hung out, she'd play that $%#ing song constantly on repeat while putting on a little show, singing and staring at herself in the mirror. Kim really believed that she was going to be the next Madonna. Worst of all, Kim can't sing worth #%&* and Tracy really wanted to help her live her dream because she loved her so much!"
You MUST read the full article.  And check out the LIVE Kim Zolciak video performance after the jump... I think there is much truth to this Perez story. Read More: Perez Hilton's article here. It's definitely the juiciest!  What do you think?
We're looking to get to the bottom of this story, so stay tuned.

Actors to Take the Digital Stage at Academy Event

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 
Beverly Hills, CA — Actors Peter Badalamenti, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Andy Serkis and Wes Studi will join several crew members from the Oscar®-winning films “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008) and “Avatar” (2009) in exploring the revolutionary developments in digital technology and its impact on acting at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ presentation of “Acting in the Digital Age” on Thursday, April 22, at 8 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
Hosted by Short Films and Feature Animation Branch governor Bill Kroyer, the program will feature actors Badalamenti (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), Moore (“Avatar”), Pounder (“Avatar”), Serkis (“King Kong” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogies) and Studi (“Avatar”); producer Jon Landau (“Avatar”); animation supervisor Richard Baneham (“Avatar”); character supervisor Steve Preeg (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”); stunt coordinator Garrett Warren (“Avatar”); and Paul Debevec, co-creator of Light Stage, a digital reflectance capture and rendering system that earned an Academy Scientific and Technical Award in 2009.
Presented by the Academy’s Science and Technology Council, the evening will use examples from “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “Avatar” to illustrate innovations in performance-capture technology, digital doubles, digital makeup, photorealism and image manipulation are affecting actors. Film clips and behind-the-scenes footage of the actors will be presented.
Kroyer received an Academy Award® nomination for his 1988 short film “Technological Threat,” which pioneered the technique of combining hand-drawn and computer animation. He directed the animated feature film “FernGully: The Last Rainforest” (1992), was senior animation director at Rhythm & Hues Studios in Los Angeles, and is director of digital arts at the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University.
Tickets for “Acting in the Digital Age” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets are available for purchase by mail, at the Academy box office (8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), or online at www.oscars.org. Doors open one hour prior to the event. All seating is unreserved.
The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at the 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.

Rena Riffel Films Enlists DJ Tracy Young and Ferosh Records for SHOWGIRL The Movie

  Rena Riffel Films Enlists DJ Tracy Young and Ferosh Records for SHOWGIRL The Movie

Rena Riffel Films Enlists DJ Tracy Young and Ferosh Records for SHOWGIRL The Movie
Media Giants – West Hollywood, CA (April 8, 2010) *** Rena Riffel Films announced today that DJ Tracy Young’s label, Ferosh Records, has struck a deal to work on the upcoming MGM SHOWGIRLS inspired independent feature titled SHOWGIRL.  DJ Tracy Young will be instrumental in supervising the music selection and producing original tracks to be used in the film and promotional marketing campaign.  Ferosh Records will also be handling the distribution of the SHOWGIRL soundtrack.
“DJ Tracy Young has been on the forefront of the music scene for more than two decades, working with superstar talents,” stated Rena Riffel, Rena Riffel Films/SHOWGIRL producer. “It is a great honor and pleasure to partner with Tracy Young and Ferosh Records on SHOWGIRL. We are very excited about creating cinematic history together.”
In addition, Young will make her acting debut in “Showgirl,” which is slated to begin filming Summer 2010. Young’s acting role in the film is not disclosed at this time.
“We’ve been looking to expand our current catalogue at Ferosh Records and SHOWGIRL is an exciting international project for the label to engage in,” stated DJ Tracy Young. “I have always been a huge fan of the cult classic SHOWGIRLS movie. Acting is something that I have been readying myself for. Rena’s trust and faith in my talent is fearless.  I am looking forward to our first day filming on set!” 
It has been over 15 years since the original SHOWGIRLS movie hit theatres. Rena Riffel’s follow-up indie feature will satiate fans appetite for more SHOWGIRLS. Rena Riffel will play the role of Penny Slot. Penny Slot is a "30 something year old" Vegas stripper M.I.L.F., continuing her quest to become the star dancer in a seedy world full of witchcraft, temptation, and prostitution.  Against all odds, she must rise to the top and win the star spot in a dance show before her secret past catches up to her. SHOWGIRL is described as: SHOWGIRLS meets SUNSET BOULEVARD meets MULHOLLAND DRIVE.
To view the promotional teaser please visit: http://www.showgirlthemovie.com


LAFF full stack logo 
- L.A. LIVE to serve as primary hub –
 - Screening Venues to Include Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14, REDCAT,
Downtown Independent, GRAMMY Museum©, Orpheum Theatre, Nokia Plaza, and California Plaza -
LOS ANGELES (April 8, 2010) – Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards, Los Angeles Film Festival, and year-round artist development programs and exhibition events, announced today that the 2010 edition of the Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by The Los Angeles Times is joining the vibrant, burgeoning independent arts community in downtown Los Angeles.  The Festival runs from June 17-27 and will encompass venues throughout the City of Los Angeles and be centered at L.A. LIVE.  The move is reflective of the Festival’s continued growth and its efforts to embrace the cultural diversity and energy of Los Angeles.  The Festival will present its screenings and events at the new Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14, the REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater), the Downtown Independent, the Soundstage Theatre at the GRAMMY Museum©, JW Marriot Hotel Los Angeles at L.A. Live, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Los Angeles, Orpheum Theatre, and California Plaza.  The Festival will also continue its tradition of nighttime screenings at the outdoor John Anson Ford Amphitheater in Hollywood and The Times will again serve as presenting partner, as it has since 2006.
Over the past 16 years, the Los Angeles Film Festival has grown from being held in one theater with 5,700 attendees to include a sprawling list of event venues that attract more than 85,000 attendees.  The Festival moved to Westwood Village in 2006 to accommodate its growing audience, which doubled in the four years it was based there. 
“The Festival’s move to downtown Los Angeles allows us a unique opportunity to celebrate the history and future of our City,” said Festival Director Rebecca Yeldham.  “Our new location will continue to pave the way for LAFF to realize its potential as an international destination event, and unites our filmmakers and audiences with the diverse arts community that exists downtown.”
"Downtown Los Angeles continues to attract more of the city’s best music, visual arts, and dance events.  We are delighted to have such an important film festival celebrating L.A.’s unique diversity, creative culture, and artistic talent join this growing arts community," said Olga Garay, Executive Director of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
“We welcome the Los Angeles Film Festival and its supporters to L.A. LIVE and downtown Los Angeles, an area that is already considered one of the great arts communities in our region,” said Tim Leiweke, president and CEO, AEG, developers of L.A. LIVE.  “With our array of restaurants and entertainment options for visitors, L.A. LIVE was truly built to be the home of prestigious internationally noted events like the Los Angeles Film Festival.”
The 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival runs June 17 through June 27.  Over 200 features, shorts, and music videos from more than 30 countries make up the main body of the Festival.  The Festival’s official film selections will be announced in early May.  For more information on pass sale dates and tickets, register your e-mail address at LAFilmFest.com.
                Now in its sixteenth year, the Los Angeles Film Festival is widely recognized as a world-class event, showcasing the best of new American and international cinema and providing the movie-loving public with access to some of the most critically acclaimed filmmakers, film industry professionals, and emerging talent from around the world. 
                The Festival features unique signature programs including the Filmmaker Retreat, Ford Amphitheater Outdoor Screenings, Poolside Chats, and more.  Additionally, the Festival screens short films created by high school students and has a special section devoted to music videos. 
                Over 200 features, shorts, and music videos from more than 30 countries make up the main body of the Festival.
                More information can be found at LAFilmFest.com
Film Independent is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit arts organization that champions independent film and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation, and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent helps filmmakers make their movies, builds an audience for their projects, and works to diversify the film industry. Film Independent’s Board of Directors, filmmakers, staff, and constituents are comprised of an inclusive community of individuals across ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation. Anyone passionate about film can become a member, whether you are a filmmaker, industry leader, or film lover.
With over 250 annual screenings and events, Film Independent provides access to a network of like-minded artists who are driving creativity in the film industry. Film Independent offers free Filmmaker Labs for selected writers, directors, and producers; provides cut-rate services for filmmakers; and presents year-round networking opportunities. Film Independent’s mentorship and job placement program, Project:Involve, pairs emerging culturally diverse filmmakers with film industry professionals.
Film Independent produces the Los Angeles Film Festival, celebrating the best of American and international cinema, and the Spirit Awards, a celebration honoring films and filmmakers that embody independence and dare to challenge the status quo.
For more information or to become a member, visit FilmIndependent.org.

The new Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 is a state-of-the-art and technologically advanced  theatre with all 14 auditoriums featuring digital projection and sound systems along with high gain screens, high-back reclining seats and retractable cup holders guaranteeing the ultimate comfort for the best movie experience. Opened just last October 27, the Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14  also features an 800-seat premiere house with a private entrance and lobby in addition to a grand spiral staircase leading to the premiere theatre’s balcony level.  As the West Coast “flagship” of Regal Cinemas, the nation’s largest movie exhibitor, the  theatres are located within downtown Los Angeles’ L.A. LIVE $2.5 billion sports, residential and entertainment district anchored by the just opened JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE hotel.
Visit L.A. LIVE today at www.lalive.com
                Opened by CalArts in 2003, REDCAT introduces diverse audiences, students and artists to the most influential developments in the arts from around the world, and gives artists in this region the creative support they need to achieve national and international stature. REDCAT is the newest partner in an international network of adventurous art and performance centers, which together are playing a vital role in the evolution of contemporary culture. REDCAT is a center for experimentation, discovery and lively civic discourse. For more information, visit www.redcat.org.
Downtown Independent is the hub for independent film in Los Angeles. The state-of-the-art facility houses a 222 seat auditorium capable of screening films in any format from 35mm to digital 3D. Located at 251 South Main Street in Downtown Los Angeles the theater provides easy access for independent productions to reach a live audience. Downtown Independent has become the space for film enthusiasts to enjoy the latest independent films as well as classics, new music and art.

                Paying tribute to music's rich cultural history, this one-of-a-kind, 21st-century Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music — the GRAMMY Award. The GRAMMY Museum features 30,000 square feet of interactive and multimedia exhibits located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district. Through thought-provoking and dynamic public and educational programs and exhibits, guests can experience music from a never-before-seen insider perspective that only The GRAMMY Museum can deliver.  For more information, please visit www.grammymuseum.org
The newly restored Orpheum Theatre, one of L.A.'s most venerable landmarks, is a major entertainment venue for concerts, movie premieres, film festivals, location shoots, theatrical productions and special events.  Since its 1926 opening, the Orpheum has played host to some of the most venerable names in show business – from burlesque and vaudeville to jazz, rock 'n roll and the movies.

Grand Performances is Southern California's largest presenter of free performing arts programs and a landmark nonprofit arts institution established with a primary focus on bringing together the diverse peoples of Los Angeles, in unique settings, for concerts celebrating the cultural contributions of our community's peoples.
                Developed by AEG, L.A. LIVE is a 5.9 million square foot / $2.5 billion downtown Los Angeles sports, residential & entertainment district adjacent to STAPLES Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center featuring the recently opened Club Nokia, a 2,300 capacity live music venue, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, a 7,100-seat live theatre, a 54-story, 1001-room convention “headquarters” destination (featuring The Ritz Carlton and JW Marriott hotels and 224 luxury condominiums – The Ritz Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE – all in a single tower) , the state-of-the-are Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 theatres, “broadcast” facilities for ESPN, a 100,000 sf special events deck, the one-of-a-kind GRAMMY Museum®, saluting the history of music and the genre’s best know awards show all centered around Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE, a 40,000 sf outdoor event space, twelve signature restaurants along with entertainment, residential and office space.
Visit L.A. LIVE today at www.lalive.com
The Los Angeles Times is the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in the country, with a daily readership of 2 million and 3 million on Sunday, and a combined print and interactive local weekly audience of 4.5 million. The fast-growing latimes.com draws over 10 million unique visitors monthly.  The Los Angeles Times Media Group businesses and affiliates also include The Envelope, Times Community Newspapers, LA, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Brand X, Hoy, and California Community News and - combined with the flagship Los Angeles Times - reach approximately 5.9 million or 44% of all adults in the Southern California marketplace. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Times has been covering Southern California for over 128 years and is part of Tribune Company, one of the country's leading media companies with businesses in publishing, the Internet and broadcasting. Additional information is available at http://latimes.com/aboutus.
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