Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Southern California Motion Picture Council's Golden Halo Awards

A great event last nite - The Southern California Motion Picture Council held their annual Fall Ball & Golden Halo Awards Show well hosted with humor by the council's president Randal Malone at the Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City.  Congratulations to all the recipients...  HH

Tom Tangen President of the Hollywood Appreciation Society (left)  presented award recipient Mamie Van Doren  with a surprise  Golden Mask Award & SCMPC President Randal Malone presented Ms. Van Doren with her prestigious Golden Halo Award.

Oscar Winner Margaret O'Brien with award recipients Blake Fullmer & Mario-Max Prinz Zu Schaumberg-Lippe

Margaret O'Brien with award recipients Prince Waldemar Schaumberg-Lippe & Princess Antonia Schaumberg-Lippe

Award recipients Mario-Max Prinz Zu Schaumberg-Lippe & Sue Wong joined by Harrison Held... Photo by Dr. Princess Antonia Schaumberg-Lippe

McKenzie Olsen & award recipient Sue Wong

Great vocals by Blake Fullmer

SCMPC's President & Host With The Most Randal Malone... Photo by Julia McClintock Russell

Surrounded By Love... Mamie Van Doren with husband Thomas Dixon & son Perry Anthony... Photo by Julia McClintock Russell

Surrounded By Love... Mamie Van Doren with son Perry Anthony, step daughter Julia McClintock Russell & her daughter Katy Russell... Photo by Julia McClintock Russell

Hank Garrett & Mamie Van Doren

Mamie Van Doren & Harrison Held... Photo by Andre Agazaryan

Lana Svetlana & George Thomas

Lindsay Patino, Mamie Van Doren & Amber Patino

Monika Henreid (center)  is joined by fans of her father matinee idol/director Paul Henreid

Dm Smith, Maureen Lee & Monika Henreid

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Detroit '67.... LATC

Abdul-Khaliq Murtadha & Cherise Boothe star in Detroit '67

Damu Malik & Abdul-Khaliq Murtadha star in Detroit '67

Detroit '67 written by Dominique Morisseau and well directed by Joy Hooper makes a sizzling west coast premiere downtown at the LATC produced by The Standard in association with The Latino Theater Company.  The intriguing drama based on a true story about likable siblings Chelle and Lank Pointdexter both in their late 30's who live in the humble suburban Detroit home they were raised in by their late parents.  The 2 act production begins right before the historical Detroit riots begin in the summer of 1967 and is generously laced with the sweet soulful Motown sounds of Mary Wells, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.  Down to earth Chelle (Cherise Boothe) and gentlemanly wise Lank (Abdul-Khaliq Murtadha) subsidize their modest inheritance by hosting after hours parties in their shabby mismatched basement recreation room which helps to pay for her son's college tuition. Ambitious Lank and his best friend funny guy Sly (Damu Malik) who is sweet for Chelle,  dream of opening their own legit bar downtown while the more conservative Chelle prefers things the way they are both romantically and business wise.  Mutual neighborhood friend, saucy party girl Bunny (a hilarious Kellee Stewart) spices up every scene she's in and the tension mounts when the guys bring home a mysterious unconscious sexy redhead named Caroline well played by Trisha La Fache who they found badly beaten up on the streets. Amidst the tragedies that unfold the strong solid cast deliver great performances in this poignant story ending on a message of hope.  Detroit '67 is a winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History. Photos by Chaz Photographics.  For more information visit www.thelatc.org  or call 866 811 4111.

Kellee Stewart & Cherise Boothe star in Detroit '67

Trisha La Fache & Abdul-Khaliq Murtadha star in Detroit '67

Kellee Stewart & Abdul-Khaliq Murtadha star in Detroit '67

Sunday, September 27, 2015


A PICASSO stars Natalia Lazarus & Charlie Fathy... Photo by Danette Garrelts
I saw this wonderful play a few years ago and can't wait to see it again before it heads to Europe for an exclusive run!  A Picasso is proudly presented by the Promenade Theatre in Santa Monica and stars Natalia Lazarus & Charles Fathy and is produced and directed by Steve Ullman and Natalia Lazarus.  HH

Jill Janger, Edoardo Ponti, Clara-Lisa Kabbaz, Maestro Carlo Ponti, Donelle Dadigan & Harrison Held  (Photo by Eloise Kabbaz-Szabo)

Another wonderful evening @ Theatre Raymond Kabbaz for the season premiere of the Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra beautifully conducted by Italian born Maestro Carlo Ponti. 

Monday, September 21, 2015


Christy McGinity Gibel  & Vida Ghaffari in the intriguing black & white Strangers In A Notebook which screened recently at the Action On Film Festival held at the Krikorian Theatre in Monrovia.  The talented & vivacious Ms. Ghaffari  was also one of the producers & appeared in two other movies in the festival!

The Reward is a sweet & hilarious family friendly movie written and directed by Yolanda Romersa about young moms & their "oh so talented kids" with a dramatic twist and is definitely worth checking out!  The story line was inspired while Ms. Romersa overheard her daughters and her  "Mommy" friends lovingly  boasting how talented each of their own kids is.  Ms. Romersa's directorial debut was Paloma which she starred in with Steven Bauer and garnered many awards.   I also enjoyed the Canadian  film Sudden Samurai which was also part of the short film block.  The Reward's inspiring  poster (above) was designed by Alex Benavides.  The talented cast includes Reyna Day, Mariah McGinnis Brown, Edwonda Williams, Kelly Beltran, Erin Stegeman, Mariah Young, Brian LaMont, Alden Lomeli, Yocani Toratuih, Mauricio Lowry, Brandon Young, Josiah Brown Jr, Josiah Brown, Art Parga, Don Harris, Jesse Estevez & Harrison Held.

On The Red Carpet...  The Reward's Yolanda Romersa &  Harrison Held are joined by Strangers In A Notebook's Vida Ghaffari (2nd from right),  Pooneh Navab (far right)  & Pedram Navab (far left)

The Reward's  cast members on the red carpet at the Action on Film Festival...  It was like a family reunion!  Great to see Yolanda Romersa, Jesse Estevez, Reyna Young, Mary Fry, Doris Chan, Brian Lamont +++ Photo Courtesy Nance Broderzen

Man of the Hour Bob Esty interviewed by Harrison Held

It was great to interview music legend Bob Esty about his work with Cher, Barbra Streisand,
Donna Summer & Dusty Springfield... to name a few... at a special screening of the Streisand/O'Neal starrer The Main Event at the beautiful Filmmakers' Gallery in Long Beach.  The evening was hosted by owners Paul Belsito & Steven Roche and included a great Q&R hosted by L.A. Talk Radio's Sheena Metal. Great to see chanteuse Irene Soderberg there as well - she's working on a recording with Bob.   Thanks to producer/computer wizard Michael Steindel for shooting the red carpet interviews & to the Filmmakers' Gallery for their generous hospitality.

EMMY FEVER....   Bob Mauro, President of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences joins Donelle Dadigan, President and Founder of the Hollywood Museum at  the museum's "Best In Television... EMMYS 2015 Exhibition" classy opening nite event. The beautiful exhibition showcases the best of television with the largest selection of authentic costumes and unique props from this year's nominated shows and 'fan favorites' and will run from September 16 through November 1. I had a great time looking at the displays and seeing friends (great food too) but I could only stay for 45 minutes as I had to zip over to The Ruby Theatre on Santa Monica for the world premiere of talented actress/writer's Jillian Leigh's edgy new play called "Hooked" which I reviewed for Discover Hollywood Magazine.   Hollywood Museum Photos by Bill Dow.

The beautiful Hollywood Museum is located on the south east corner of Hollywood and Highland

Patrika Darbo and Richard Herd

                                                                            Romi Dames & Jorge Del Busto                                                                            

Screen vets Diane Ladd & George Hamilton meet the media after announcing this years nominees for the Family Film Awards at a luncheon recently at the Universal Sheraton.  Also joining FFA founder Dr. Antonio Gellini and administrative director Munni Irone were Shari Belafonte and Paul Sorvino - Calico Band provided great music & the chicken was delicious lol.

George Hamilton interviewed by host BJ Korros... That's super publicist Roger Neal in the middle.

Paul Betts, Andrea Sorrentino, Doris Roberts & Harrison Held

The Italian Connection.... Mariella Salvatori, Florindo Bandolini & Mara New

"The Secret of Joy"...  I attended a terrific luncheon hosted by actress/producer Mara New at the Beverly Hills Women's Club - now celebrating their centennial -  honoring talented Italian designer Andrea Sorrentino who's latest film The Secret of Joy opens soon.  Cast members Doris Roberts & Paul Betts attended showing their support as well as Y&R's Kate Linder.  The event benefited Kids Cancer Research Association and included several of Mr. Sorrentino's beautiful designs from The Secret of Joy and a behind the scenes short showing the designer at work.  Bravo Sr. Sorrentino & as always thanks to photographer by Billy Bennight for the great photos!

Kate Linder, Mumsey Nemiroff, Andrea Sorrentio, Mara New & Doris Roberts

Beautiful gown & headpiece designed by Andrea Sorrentino

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Sierra Madre Playhouse Presents A Terrific Production of "Always... Patsy Cline"

Cori Cable Kidder wows  as legendary country star Patsy Cline

A Winning Duo... Nikki D'Amico & Cori Cable Kidder star in Always... Patsy Cline

Last nite I attended one of the best opening nites I have attended in years...  "Always... Patsy Cline" written by Ted Swindley and directed by Robert Marra opened to a packed house at the charming Sierra Madre Playhouse in the beautiful sleepy town just east of Pasadena.  One word can sum it up and that is "WOW"...   Statuesque Arkansas native Cori Cable Kidder is sensational as the ill fated hit making legendary country star with the golden soulful voice.  She sings and acts beautifully capturing the tone & essence of Patsy Cline perfectly while talented high energy Texan Nikki D'Amico is terrific and funny as her sidekick and biggest fan Louise.  Backing them up is a dynamite band led by musical director Sean Paxton.  "Always... Patsy Cline" is based on a true story that happened in Houston 1961.  Feisty young single mom Louise Seger is Patsy's biggest fan.  She discovers her magical voice while her kids are watching Arthur Godfrey's TV show and is instantly drawn to her and makes sure local DJ Hal Morris plays Patsy's songs... a lot.  Lucky Louise hears that Patsy will be appearing at the local honky tonk called Esquire Hall and the rest is history.  Louise drags her reluctant boyfriend and boss to the show where her and the beautiful down to earth Patsy becomes fast friends and she takes on the role of pseudo manager for the nite.   The two ladies maintained a loyal friendship corresponding often until Patsy's untimely death at age 30 in a plane crash en route to Tennessee in 1963.   The charming 2 act production features over 25 of songs associated with Patsy Cline including Back in Baby's Arms, Anytime, Walkin' After Midnight, I Fall to Pieces, Stupid Cupid, Sweet Dreams, She's Got You, Crazy, Blue Moon of Kentucky, Shake Rattle & Roll, If You've Got Leavin' On Your Mind and Bill Bailey.  I highly recommend this show playing til September 12th.  The early 60s are well created by the talented crew with special kudos to costume designer A. Jeffrey Schoenberg and wig designer Krys Fehervari.  For more information visit www.sierramadreplayhouse.org - Enjoy!  HH

Cori Cable Kidder stars as Patsy Cline

Nikki D'Amico stars as Louise in Always... Patsy Cline