Category Archives: Hollywood

Deadline for Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival Online Performer Submissions Approaching

*If you are a female solo artist who would like to be considered for the upcoming LAWTF performance roster in 2018, the deadline for the online  submission of your materials is coming up! The organization is celebrating 25 years of producing female solo artists from around the globe.

For consideration, your materials MUST be in prior to the September 1, 2017 deadline. 

Please see all requirements and submission process directly below. Continue reading

If You ‘Loved Lucy’ Here’s Some Never Heard Before Fun Facts You’ll Adore!

I Love Lucy stars Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball

*I Love Lucy was one of the funniest TV shows ever. The black-and-white series originally ran from October 15, 1951 to May 6, 1957 on CBS and it was the first scripted television show shot on 35mm film before a live studio audience. The show garnered five Emmys.

According to FilmMakerIQ.com each show included 300 viewers from the first shoot until the last, and there were many “one take” scenes.

Later, Desi Arnaz, the real life husband of Lucille Ball, revealed the comedic actress works better when real people are watching her performance. 

Everyone watched I Love Lucy — no matter what race or culture — we loved the shenanigans of that crazy redhead and the frustrations and gentle reprimands of her handsome, Latin musician-husband, Ricky Ricardo.

But did you know that ‘Ricky Ricardo’ was not the original name the network came up with for Lucy’s hubby?

Uh-uh. They had something else in mind.

Do you think we would’ve felt the same about this Latin lover if his character was named Larry Lopez?

Let me get that for you…

Heck no!

Here’s some more never heard before FUN FACTS about ‘I Love Lucy’ and its incredible cast! Continue reading

Take a Look! O, The Oprah Magazine ‘Share the Adventure’ Cruise Was Awesome! (Photos)

A VIEW FROM THE TOP. Sailing from Seattle on Share the Adventure Cruise, ms Eurodam. Photo courtesy HAL.

*For those of us who didn’t get the memo, from the looks of things Oprah and guests who did had an O-mazing time on the ‘Share the Adventure’ cruise that brought together some of the world’s foremost visionaries for an entire week as they set sail from Seattle to Alaska. 

It was a week chock full of talks and activities aboard “ms Eurodam” and along with partners at the Holland America Line, O, The Oprah Magazine, is now sharing the adventure with the rest of us in an array of exclusive photos and video.

Orlando Ashford, president, Holland America Line welcome guests to ms Eurodam for Share the Adventure Cruise. Photo courtesy HAL.

 Throughout the week guests took part in morning meditation with yoga instructor Sara Ivanhoe and explored eating well with Impatient Foodie founder Elettra Wiedemann. 

Morning Yoga! Photo courtesy HAL.
Elettra Wiedemann, author of the new Impatient Foodie cookbook and blog leads a session of Let’s Eat! during Share the Adventure Cruise. Photo courtesy HAL.

O, The Oprah Magazine editor in chief Lucy Kaylin and editor at large Gayle King shared a peek behind the scenes of the award-winning magazine, explaining how they bring the pages to life.

Doesn’t Oprah’s BFF and O, The Oprah Magazine editor-at-large, Gayle King, look great? Photo courtesy HAL.

Kaylin and books editor Leigh Haber each led conversations with Pulitzer Prize-winner and New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout for the first-ever O’s Reading Room.

Author Elizabeth Strout signs copies of her book for excited guests. Photo courtesy HAL.

After viewing scenic Glacier Bay, Oprah Winfrey took to Eurodam’s Mainstage to host A Conversation with Oprah.  Speaking at two full-house engagements, Winfrey shared her journey to success, her self-proclaimed ‘Year of Adventure’ and the desire for this cruise to be the start of something meaningful for those on board.

Photo courtesy HAL.

“We are in the business of trying to expand the way people see themselves and their lives, and that’s what travel does,” explained Winfrey.

“I want it to be more than just a trip.  I want it to be the start of something big that started with this adventure of a lifetime that fuels and feeds in a way that is grand and deep and wide,” she added

Gayle King (left) Editor at Large, O, The Oprah Magazine, chats with SuperSoul 100 and fitness evangelist Angela Davis and answers questions from fans. Photo courtesy HAL.
India.Arie performed. Here she engages with the crowd. Photo courtesy HAL.
Holland America Line President Orlando Ashford (left) and O, The Oprah Magazine Editor at Large Gayle King (right), lead teams at the Game Night competition. Photo courtesy HAL.

“The first cruise in our partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine was tremendous; the energy and inspirational atmosphere on Eurodam was felt by all and truly something special,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line.

“The incredible caliber of talent and performances on the Share the Adventure Cruise exceeded expectations, and we leave this week with a lifetime of memories and lessons on how to live your best life.”

International fitness evangelist Angela Davis motivates guests aboard ms Eurodam. Photo courtesy HAL.

The July 15 cruise was the first of several special cruises with Holland America Line and O, The Oprah Magazine. Four additional Adventure of Your Life cruises with SuperSoul 100 Members (to be announced) will set sail as follows:

• November 29, 2017 – 11-Day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on ms Koningsdam.
• March 3, 2018 – 7-Day Tropical Caribbean roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on ms Nieuw Amsterdam.
• August 11, 2018 – 7-Day Alaska roundtrip from Seattle on ms Eurodam.
• October 28, 2018 – 7-Day Eastern Caribbean roundtrip Fort Lauderdale on ms Nieuw Amsterdam.

 
In addition, more than 300 Holland America Line cruises sailing from North America from August 2017 through 2018 will offer a variety of engaging activities developed with the magazine’s editors and designed to nourish body and soul.

Forget ‘Who’s Bad?’…How About ‘Who’s Brave?’ (Actress Drew Barrymore’s Raw Selfie Reveals Gray Hairs, Uni-Brows)

Drew Barrymore: Oh the little girl that ET loved has grown up so!

*MJ may have asked “Who’s Bad?” in his megahit “Bad,” (you know, the one Prince took issue with?); but now I’m asking “Who’s brave?” and the answer is actress Drew Barrymore. The self-described beauty junkie who currently stars on the Netflix original series, ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ posted a selfie of her unkempt self on Instagram on Monday asking, “How did I let it get this bad?”

The photo, which I thought was someone else when I first saw the Barrymore name (and the photo) in the headline on Yahoo News, shows Barrymore in her natural state: heavy uni-brows, graying hair and, of course, no makeup. 

In Barrymore’s business, the business of entertainment — where beauty is a major factor — its a pretty bold move for the sole heir of the Barrymore legacy estate to make. But guess what?

her fans are loving it!

If anything, it goes to show (beyond the miracles of makeup) that people are interested in honesty; which should, but sadly doesn’t always, trump what some may see as externally beautiful.

For those who may not know, Barrymore, who’s net worth stands at $125M, grew up in one of America’s greatest acting families.

Throwback picture Barrymore posted in 2016 showing her with Rashida Jones, her dad Quincy Jones and older sister, Kidada Jones. Of course her co-star, ET, is there too!

Here is the Drew Barrymore we became accustomed to seeing.

and here’s the Drew Barrymore Instagram fans saw on Monday. Continue reading

International Academy of Web Television Awards Accepting Submissions Through Aug. 15

*Hollywood, California – The International Academy of Web Television will host its 5th IAWTV Awards at a gala celebration honoring the best in streaming series starting at 7 p.m. on October 4, 2017, in the Ahmanson Ballroom at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Red Carpet will start at 5 p.m.

The IAWTV (www.iawtv.org), now a division of The Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors (www.caucus.org), will recognize the finest creators, cast and crew of web series from around the world. The IAWTV Awards 2017 returns the ceremony to its original Los Angeles base after being produced for several years in Las Vegas in conjunction with conferences such as CES and NAB.

Entry Submission Deadline is Tuesday, August 15! Continue reading

Whoa! Girl Is That You? See What Cast of Orange Is The New Black Looks Like in Real Life (Watch)

*‘The animal. The animal. Trap. Trap. Trap ’til the cage is full. The cage is full. The day is new. And everybody’s waitin’– waitin’ on you and you’ve got t-i-m-e! I know you can hear the music in your head, and image those all-too-real faces of imprisoned women flashing across the screen. Fans of the hit show and original Netflix offering, ‘Orange Is The New Black’ know what’s up. We don’t care what anybody else says, ‘OITNB’ is still one of the best shows on TV! The writing, acting, camera work, story lines, all exceptional.

OK, it went through a dud season. But following the powerful Seasons 1 and 2, our expectations were through the roof so of course by the time Season 3 rolled around we were all like: Is THAT all you got?

But baby, have you binged your way through Season 4 yet? They made up for it. 

I don’t know about you, but when I get to know some of these TV characters — and let’s be real, the women on this show are some real characters — I want to learn more about the person behind the actor. I become interested in what they really look like. What do they sound like when they talk? How do they explain the building of their character and if they are anything like the character they portray? Are they really acting?

I mean, if home-girl is a lesbian in real life, is it that much of a stretch to play one on TV? Would I ever be able to look at Uzo Abuba as anything other than “Crazy Eyes?”

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Catch Awesome ChamberSoul Cellist, Shana Tucker & Women’s Work at L.A.’s World Stage This Weekend!

*LOS ANGELES, CA (July 14, 2017) – ChamberSoul cellist/singer-songwriter Shana Tucker returns to The World Stage in historic Leimert Park Village on Friday, July 21, 2017 with her newest project, “Women’s Work: A SisterCentric Musical Collective”. The ensemble will also feature Steph Johnson (guitar/vocals), Shirazette Tinnin (drums), Melonie Grinnell (piano), and Rob Thorsen (bass).

Women’s Work empowers audiences and communities through lyrical storytelling. “We seek to share stories about life, love and the human condition…in an empowering way, from a woman’s perspective, but also specifically as female artists thriving in this male-dominated music industry,” says Tucker of the anticipated program. “Each musician contributes a unique voice to the program of original compositions and arrangements with influences spanning jazz, soul, R&B, and acoustic pop genres.”

Tucker first appeared at The World Stage in October 2016 with jazz saxophonist/composer, Bennie Maupin and his ensemble. Her debut CD, “SHiNE” was released in 2015 (Jazz Urbane Records).Touted by JazzTimes Magazine as a jazz talent “…whose imprint and vitality has already been quite visible…” Shana’s style and sound has been described as a blend of Dianne Reeves, Joni Mitchell and Tracy Chapman, with an efficient complexity reminiscent of Bill Withers. Continue reading

Peek-A-Boo! Ever Wonder What ‘Chandelier’ Singer, Sia, Looks Like Without That Wig? (Photo)

*Sia! What the hell do you look like under that wig? It’s a brilliant strategy to spark curiosity (telling us we can’t see something, just makes us want to all the more); kind of reminiscent of Michael Jackson making his kids wear masks.  ‘Chandelier,’ from her sixth studio album, 1000 Forms of Fear, took over the radio airwaves when it debuted as the album’s lead single in March 2014. But the song has become the backdrop of many a workout regimen — including this writer’s. Sia also stands out because not only is she one helluva vocalist, but unlike most of today’s hot-to-trot singers, the singer/songwriter born Sia Kate Isobelle Furler in Austrailia is older than most of her colleagues. At 41-years-old, she is sought after by some of today’s hottest producers. In fact, she has written hits for numerous recording artists, and is featured on records by Eminem, Kendrick Lamarr, Flo Rider, Pusher T and Kanye West.

But her love of wigs is not for the reason you might think.  Continue reading