Monday, January 5, 2015

A Beverly Hills Christmas... Maggie Lynch's For You... The Search For General Tso... Beatles Tribute Doc Come Together

John Savage, Donna Spangler & Jamie McRae on the set of A Beverly Hills Christmas

John Savage with Pamela Cameron & Lorna Richards

John Savage, Harrison Held & Lorna Richards
Happy New Year Dear Readers!  I had a great visit to the set of "A Beverly Hills Christmas" which stars Dean Cain, Ravin Spangler, Donna Spangler, John Savage, Robert Carradine, Vincent De Paul, Clayton Cannon, Kirsten Lea, Brandon Tyler, Andy Cohen, Thomas Beaumont, Simona Fusco, Bill Zucker & Sue Wong.  Christmas 2014 is barely over but the film industry in busy getting features & TV shows ready for Christmas 2015!  In this feel good family movie directed by Brian Sciba,  a spoiled rich very materialistic teenage girl, with help from a guardian angel learns that true value is found in assisting others and not in material things.  Actress/producer Donna Spangler plays an  angel called Angelina & was a beautiful vision in her classy sleek white suit.  It was great to see John Savage & his lovely girlfriend actress Blanca Blonco... John & Blanca are a great couple & it's always nice to see them.   My first appearance ever in a movie was when I was a teenager in a film John starred in called The Amateur directed by the late great Charles Jarrott.  Brings back happy memories... Also nice to see fb pal Marie Foti on the set coaching the kids to sing Christmas carols for the film & super photographer Glen Lipton shooting stills!

Maggie Lynch's new photographic & metaphysical book For You is a breath of fresh air and reading it was like being on a mini holiday.  She weds her experience as a healer and teacher with her beautiful photography and words.  Side by side with the light captured in her pictures, For You pairs reflection & revelation & I enjoyed the 76 page book immensely.  Buy one for yourself and a friend -they'll appreciate it!

A great time last nite at the Arena Cinema in Hollywood for a special screening of the hot Sundance Select documentary "The Search For General Tso" directed by Ian Cheney.  The evening included a Q&A which producer Jennifer 8. Lee with Midtown Lunch's Zach Brooks & KCRW's Evan Kleiman followed by delicious General Tso chicken in the courtyard.  The delicious tasty meal was catered by China Catering of Beverly Hills.  The 71 minute documentary is a fascinating look at the history of Chinese immigrants in America, the huge growth of the Chinese food industry across the country & the origin of Chinese cuisine from the Oing Dynasty & onwards.  The film plays till January 12th so be sure to check it out this tasty treat soon at the cozy Arena Theater.  Thank you to my pal Billy Bennight for the excellent photos!

Over the holidays I also previewed the very entertaining new Beatles Tribute music documentary "Come Together" which is a must for all Beatles fans around the world!  The fast paced 52 minute film directed by Steve Ison & John Scofield features more than 65 Beatles songs which is unprecedented.  It was wonderful to see John Lennon's sister Julia Baird narrating & to have an inside look at the authentic places in Liverpool where the Beatles sensation began.  The film features performances & interviews of  ten of an estimated 8000 Beatles tribute bands around the world & was filmed in Liverpool during International Beatleweek -  Europe's largest music festival.  The Devolver Digital Film's VOD release is scheduled for February 3 - for more information visit   Enjoy!  HH
"The Fab Four" tribute band perform in Come Together

"The Beat Rush" (formerly The Aspreys) in Liverpool at the gates of Strawberry Field. 


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