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August 2010 issue with an industry soirée EDITOR IN CHIEF Launy Rhem Irwin Jazmines
at plush Bar 210 at the Beverly Hilton. Prather Jackson
22 Sunset Junction VICE PRESIDENT Niki Shadrow MANAGER
To Celebrate 30 years of Diversity Bernice Harris Hector Santacruz
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25 Fashion Week VICE PRESIDENT
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42 Frankly & For Real Parandis Khalili Steve Zall
Introducing the World Premiere ASSISTANT EDITOR Sid Fish
ASSOCIATE EDITOR Jenny Werth Lauren Selman

LITERATURE Anthony Calderon

Autumn Hawarden
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46 Aspiring Writers
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Ivanka Trump:
The Powerhouse
Written by Toria Gaylord


The road down real estate development is nev- recently named The Trump International Hotel
er an easy task, it is full of many unexpected twists &Tower Chicago No. 1 as the Best Large City Hotel
and turns, but there was never a question of how in the America for 2010 and the hotelier, designer
businesswoman Ivanka Trump would handle the and author speaks candidly with Hollywood Weekly
ride when she got behind the wheel of construct- about success of the Trump Chicago, her attention
ing the Trump Chicago Hotel back in 2008. She had for detail and her love for real estate.
been preparing for it most of her life. From the start,
Ivanka, Congratulations to The Trump Chicago’s
Ivanka has been blessed with an incredible business
number one ranking as the Best Hotel in America
savvy and strong guiding principles that are hard-
by Travel and Leisure Magazine.
wired into her DNA and her passion for the Trump
brand has just paid off. Travel and Leisure Magazine Thank you – it is incredibly exciting.

WHaT makEs THE Brunacci, cook for them WHaT Is yOuR

in their suite! The Spa at
TRumP CHICaGO Trump is a 23,000 square- faVORITE PaRT
HOTEl sO foot facility that includes Of THE TRumP
dIsTINCTIVE? 11 treatment rooms, a
heated indoor swimming
There’s so much to pool, fully-equipped car- When I’m not eat-
this property. The building dio and weight rooms and ing at Sixteen, I love The
itself is architecturally stun- yoga and spinning studios. Spa at Trump. Our signa-
ning; as the second tallest There are also 53 special- ture gemstone massages
building in Chicago – and ly-designed guest rooms feature oils from Dubai
the seventh tallest in the located on the spa level, that are infused with ru-
world – it has now become which are perfect for a bies, sapphires, emeralds
integral part of the city’s spa getaway. and diamonds. That ser-
beautiful skyline. Whether vice, followed by one of
it’s in the guest rooms, As the final phase of our Kate Somerville fa-
Sixteen (the property’s our build-out, we recently cials, is the perfect way
award-winning restaurant) completed the River Walk, to unwind.
or Rebar (the cocktail and which is adjacent to the
sushi lounge), the views of Chicago River and serves I know you were
Lake Michigan, the Chicago as both a gathering place heavily involved in the
River and Chicago’s histor- and a gateway to the design and construction
ic architecture are unpar- famed Michigan Avenue. even down to the staff
alleled. Chicago magazine What really unites all of uniforms.
just named The Terrace these components, though,
is the service. It is nearly My brothers and I
at Trump the city’s best
impossible to find service oversaw the Chicago proj-
outdoor lounge in part be-
as efficient and gracious ect – we worked closely
cause of its amazing views
elsewhere. Our guests with the architects, design-
of the city and the sum-
know that Trump Chicago ers and construction com-
mer fireworks that take
is truly a home away from panies involved to define
place in Chicago every
home. the aesthetic and see it
through implementation.
The hotel’s guest We gave consideration to
every detail, down to the
rooms and suites are
spacious, contemporary
WHaT dOEs THE uniforms worn by the hotel
and luxurious. Every guest RECOGNITION mEaN staff. I wanted to ensure
room is outfitted with a full TO yOu? that every piece was as
refined as the property
kitchen featuring only the
finest in appliances, china It is an incredible itself. Each look was de-
and stemware. In addition honor for the Trump Hotel signed to reflect the as-
to our great restaurants, Collection, and a testa- sociate’s purpose and the
guests can also order ment to our vision for area of the hotel in which
from an in-room dining building and managing the the uniform is worn. The
menu that was the first best hotels in the world. trick was to balance style
in the country to be cer- Awards like these are great and practicality to create
tified organic – or better motivation to maintain our a fashion statement that
yet, they can request that position, and continually was understated, fluid and
our executive chef, Frank strive for more. contemporary.
To what do you newspapers. Generally, Does your Dad What is next for
I’m in the office by 7:30
attribute your a.m., which is an ideal give you a lot of you in real estate?
successful leader- time to respond to emails advice? We have many op-
ship in real estate or make overseas calls
since so many of the My father’s experi- portunities that we are
development? deals we are doing are ence makes his advice currently pursuing. Earlier
this year, we opened in
abroad. I have meetings invaluable, and I always
I think it’s a com- appreciate his insight Waikiki, and Trump SoHo
and calls straight through just opened in April. We
bination of energy,
until about 6 or 7 p.m. are currently working
drive and focus, asking
thoughtful questions, ne- on Trump Panama and
gotiating with confidence What is the most Trump Toronto. Both are
and taking advantage of Growing up, when challenging part very exciting hotel proj-
the right opportunities,
even when times are
did you realize you of your job now? ects that are opening in
early 2011. Trump Tower
uncertain. wanted to go into Right now, I find Istanbul will also be open-
real estate? myself balancing be- ing next year.
ing young with also be-
I don’t think there
What is a typical has ever been a time
coming – hopefully – a
day like for you? when I imagined going
visionary in business. I What pearls
appreciate every level of
down a different road, detail that goes into our
of wisdom can
My calendar is al-
ways full. A big part of
in large part because I projects and have a thirst you offer to
grew up with real estate.
my job includes scout- Both sides of my family
for being very hands-on, entrepreneurs
which sometimes leads
ing locations for new span generations of de- me to micromanage. starting out?
projects, so I travel fre- velopment, engineering,
quently. When I’m home, Being a business leader I recently published
building and construc- also means thinking big
I usually get up at about tion. Most of my forma- a book called “The Trump
5:30 a.m., exercise and picture and delegating. Card: Playing to Win in
tive memories include a
read through a stack of bulldozer or a construc- Work and Life”. In the
tion site! book, I encourage young
entrepreneurs to get
out there and try differ-
ent things; knowing what
you love is also in part
eliminating the things you
don’t enjoy doing. Young
people in the business
world shouldn’t be afraid
to be bold, work incred-
ibly hard and ask smart
questions. The level of
drive that stems from
passion is what will sepa-
rate someone from being
moderately successful to
being very successful.


musIC fEsTIVal
Written by Jenny Werth
All it took was some killer rock major bands, such as Slash and was an event some fans wait for
music and an anxious crowd filling Smashing Pumpkin. At the last min- throughout the year. “Having Slash
every inch of Sunset Blvd. to cre- ute, ‘The Dutchess’ and Black Eyed play live on the Sunset Strip is like
ate the perfect welcome for rock Peas star herself, Fergie, decided to the ultimate concert; it’s nothing like
favorites sung by many talented join Slash on stage to rock out a few listening to a concert held in a ven-
stars including Slash, the Smashing all-time hits including Heart’s famed ue like The Greek; this is so much
Pumpkins and even the talented and song Barracuda and Gun’s N’ Roses more authentic. Truly rock music
sexy Fergie! all time-favorite hit Sweet Child O’ being played where it all started-
Mine. And the fans? They were on the Sunset Strip,” says Slash fan
A wild, yet controlled, crowd watching the most beautiful ‘Sunset’ Robert Slanter.
accumulated over three days on the strip has ever offered.
LA’s famed Sunset Blvd., during the And although Slash, Fergie
intense Sunset Strip Music Festival The larger-than-life crowd and The Smashing Pumpkins were
held from Thursday, August 26th danced, threw their arms up in the among the most popular stars/
to Saturday the 28th. Like always, air, fought for the perfect picture and bands to sing; there was an im-
Saturday’s performances drew out sang along with the A-list singers! It pressive line-up of other very well-

Smashing Pumpkins
admired bands. Among
the most anticipated live
performances that packed
out the house were by
the beloved American rap-
per (and actor) Common;
hip-hop star, Kid Cudi;
the New York rock band
sensation, Semi Precious
Weapons; the cover band

photos: Joshua Barash

for many hair metal 80’s
band, Steel Panther and
the hugely popular alter-
native band Neon Trees.
Motley Crue bassist and
main song writer, Nikki
Sixx, gave a lengthy inter-
view in The Viper Room
on Saturday afternoon to
a thrilled crowd (includ-
ing most of the press);
while new blond beauty,
Candice Levinson prepared
to strum her guitar for a
performance with her band
Warner Driv.

There were vendors

for everything from lem-
onade, diverse beer selec-
tions in the festival’s beer
garden to hot dogs and
complimentary cokes and
vitamin water in the VIP
sections. Naturally, almost
every kind of alcohol one
could dream of was being
served in the over-crowd-
ed VIP areas. There were
areas that concentrated
on popular festival spon-
sor, Jack Daniel’s whiskey
drinks; while others bar-
tenders were happy to of-
fer all brands of vodka and
rum. All in all, a content-
ed and often- tattooed VIP
crowd sipped on cocktails
as they sat in plush circu-
lar black sofas and puffed
on cigarettes (and the
occasional ‘green weed’)!
By the end of Saturday
night, many tired and-let’s
be honest- drunk festival
fans decided to call it a
night at the nearby The
London and infamous The
Standard Hotel; among
others, who were each
offering customized pack-
ages for festival goers.

Without a doubt it
was yet another party in
West Hollywood that will
go down in the books.
Until next year’s festi-
val anyways. ROCK ON

photos: Irwin Jazmines
HW magazine
kNOWs HOW TO THROW a PaRTy Written by Tyler fascett

Hollywood Weekly mag- me the scoop on his current Borden. In addition to land- Weekly’s publisher, Prather
azine launched their August project, Creative Collision, ing Christa, their classically Jackson. All Access Music
2010 issue with an industry an LA-based arts and music trained songstress, her first Group editor Mark Strickland
soirée at plush Bar 210 at movement that combines live U.S. magazine cover with came out but kept a low
the Beverly Hilton. I wasn’t music with visual and per- Hollywood Weekly, they had profile catching up with an
at the event long before I formance art. At a quieter arranged for her to belt out associate in a cozy booth
realized there was some- corner table, up and coming a few songs live with her near the stage. I chatted with
thing truly unique going on writer/producer Ben Bostick band at the evening’s event. Ramela, a movie critic, whose
under the soft pools of light discussed his latest feature
in this swanky hotel bar. To film with Kristen, an enter- In the center of the
my left, ordering his second tainment news director. room Danny Bopp, a model
glass of champagne, stood and pro stock car driver
a long time talent manager As the flow of guests in the NASCAR K&N series,
who had just finished ex- into the posh lounge in- and his publicist posed for
plaining to me the best way creased, so did the pho- a few quick photos while
to go about packaging a tographer’s flashes. Chrissy holding court with Hollywood
script. To my right sat a mu- Sutphin and Tasya Swisko,
sic marketing manager from account execs from Luck
Warner Music Group, here to Media & Marketing were on
scope out the artist gracing hand to oversee yet another
Hollywood Weekly’s August superbly executed show-
issue’s cover. Next I spot- case for their client Christa
ted actor and musician Mike
Rossi, who can be seen all
over this season of Bravo’s
smash hit Million Dollar
Listing, chatting up a sultry
brunette obviously absorbed
by his charm. Prying himself
away for a moment, he gave

spot on reviews made me hints of fraud. This event
rethink everything I thought was far different. And for
I knew about modern alter- that matter, the only de-
native comedies. Brandon tectable scent was the
Gibson, the publicity and mouth watering aroma of
branding gun-for-hire who’s truffle oil wafting from the
been ahead of trends in LA plates of gourmet sliders
for years, made his rounds. exiting the Bar 210 kitchen.
I met manager Michael Something very unique, and
Dybnis, who summed up very refreshing was hap-
his client strategy with pening here. This eclectic
his ever-ready slogan, “I’ll cross section of entertain-
keep you famous.” There ment industry profession-
were screenwriters on the als had been assembled by
smoking patio, an about-to- Hollywood Weekly magazine
break fashion designer by with the Hollywood Weekly
the back bar, and an en- brand as their sole com-
tertainment lawyer had just mon bond.
It has been said
At this point, I had to that networking, in its fin-
step back and survey the est form, exists truly as a
scene. Staring out over chemical reaction. Tonight
the now bustling lounge, things were synthesizing
something struck me about all around me. Individuals
my company: these were in totally unrelated areas
the people in the business of the business were mak-
who actually get things ing connections. It wasn’t
done. I’ve been to many about back scratching and
an event in Los Angeles it didn’t matter if the direct
dubbed under the guise of benefits of their relation-
an “Entertainment Industry ships were apparent. Art
Party,” but the majority of and business, talent and
these events consist of re- opportunity, musicians and
cent LA transplants scour- a racecar driver, all thrown
ing a lackluster crowd for together in a pot and sim-
anyone they think they’ll mering. And remarkably it
be able to hustle into fur- felt very organic. Publicists
thering their brilliant (and and PR reps mingled ele-
inexplicably stalled) act- gantly, while the celebrities
ing careers. To a writer and the suits sipped marti-
who’s covered those types nis and perused the pages
of events before, there’s of the Hollywood Weekly
even something olfactory magazines that were dis-
about that whole scene— played throughout the
it’s the smell of shameless lounge. People were genu-
self-promotion, with notes inely enjoying themselves.
of desperation, and subtle

Christa borden with her band

Just after 9pm the soulful
sounds of Christa Borden and
her band filled the posh Beverly
Hilton space, and the party
gravitated toward the stage. Her
upbeat “Better than She Can”
energized the room, and her di-
verse selection of cover tunes,
everything from the Eurythmics to
MGMT, kept us in the groove. But
it wasn’t until she hit the eerie,
soul-bearing notes of “Drowning”
that we really got it. It wasn’t just
the tragic beauty of her lyrics
that had us all transfixed, but the
sincerity in her voice.

After her set, I asked Christa

about her song writing process.
She described how, “Sometimes
inspiration is this mythical beast
that drags me out of bed and
forces me to sit at the piano in
the middle of the night and some-
times it is the tiniest moment or
a person I meet.” Though her
muses change, she’s always look-
ing for new ways to be inspired.

I suppose deep down it is

that ever present drive to get a
hold of some solid inspiration, or
maybe sometimes the quest for
a cocktail, that brings us out to
these types of events in the first
place. From what I could tell on
that summer night at Bar 210, no
one left empty handed.

photos: Irwin Jazmines

Written by Toria Gaylord

to Celebrate 30 years of diversity
micheal mckinley: An Affair to remember
For the past thirty years, The Known for his compassion about the than 150,000, the festival will have
Sunset Junction Street Festival has event, he is excited and grateful for over 250 artists, food vendors and
been a local fundraising institution the festival’s success and endurance. 5 stages with musical performances
for Los Angeles residents. Inspired by As a long-term resident of Silver from The Whispers, Bad Brains and
cultural diversity and human rights Lake, McKinley has seen the ben- Ghostland Observatory.
back in 1980, the Sunset Junction efits and the challenges of keeping
Street Festival is set to celebrate its Sunset Junction alive. Hollywood Weekly talks with
30th Anniversary on Aug 21-22 2010 Micheal about how he feels about
in Silver Lake. The festival, which is known the commemorative year of the festi-
for attracting past performers like val; his tireless commitment to com-
Micheal McKinley, the event’s Chaka Khan and Beck, has become munity organizing; working with at
organizer has been a part of the a mainstay in American culture. With risk youths and his love of good
festival since its humble beginnings. crowds expected to reach more music.

sIlVER lakE/suNsET JuNCTION dIsTRICT? Our goal was to celebrate diversity in harmony. We
In 1980, I moved to Silver Lake and but worked as a talked to a number of non-for profit organizations and local
hairdresser in Beverly Hills. When I arrived, there was a lot businesses to sponsor and support our cause. We received
of tension between the Gay and Lesbian and gang commu- wonderful feedback from the residents. At that time, there
nities because many people felt we were causing gentrifica- were 15 to 16 different gangs in the surrounding areas of
tion and were to going uproot the residents who lived there. Silver Lake, Echo Park and Los Feliz. We reached out to El
There was a lot of gay bashing happening at that time. Centro del Pueblo, a nonprofit organization that interacts
with the gang community, asked if they would call a truce
during the festival, and invited the gangs to act as security
HOW dId yOu dEal WITH THE sITuaTION? for the event.

Others and I were heavily involved in marches and

peace protests for Gay and Lesbian rights in Washington WHaT Was THaT fIRsT ONE lIkE?
DC and Sacramento. Coming from that experience, the gay
community felt empowered and wanted to bring peace Sunset Junction festival came off smoothly. The police
to the neighborhood. Therefore, we created the Sunset who had predicted we would have a blood bath on the
Junction Neighborhood Alliance and wanted to have a block streets, over reacted with swap teams. However, since the
party as a way to bring the community together. rival gangs acted as security, there was no violence that
weekend. We thought we would only have a few hundred
people show up and instead tens of thousands came out
to support us.

NOW THaT suNsET King, The Ohio Players and WHaT kINds Of CHal- of how the SJNA programs
The Whispers performing. changed their lives. The sad
JuNCTION Is CElEbRaT- lENGEs dO yOu faCE? part is if we ever decide to
ING ITs 30TH yEaR, dId In last decade, Silver pull out there would be a
yOu EVER aNTICIPaTE sINCE THE suNsET Lake has become home to huge hole left in the commu-
nity. People should educate
many young people who do
not appreciate the 30-year themselves more about SJNA
ING sTRONG? fEsTIVal Is ONE Of legacy of the Sunset Junction and our mission and place in
Street Festival. Putting the the community.
No not at all. Initially, THE PROGRams uN- event together has proven to
we did not have a grand
plan for longevity. I do not
dER THE umbRElla be more challenging in recent
think any one of us thought Of sJ NEIGHbORHOOd years. For instance, the price
yOu aRE fasCINaT-
of admissions has been a
the festival would be here allIaNCE. CaN yOu problem. The 15-dollar entry ING. yOu HaVE aCCOm-
thirty years later. It was a
natural progression. When we
Talk abOuT HOW fee has been a psychological PlIsHEd WHaT maNy
first started out, we had a yOuR ORGaNIzaTION barrier with the young people
and they feel they do not
disenfranchised community WORks? have to pay it. However, we NOT bEEN ablE TO dO.
plagued with violence and
unrest. We helped to empow- The Sunset Junction give away 5ooo free wrist- WHaT dO yOu THINk
bands to the community to
er the youth and clean up Alliance is a 501(c) 3 non-
keep the festival thriving. yOu dId dIffERENTly?
the community. Silver Lake is profit organization and the
now thriving and is one of SJ street festival is our most You know I have always
the hippest areas in the city. important fundraiser of the wanted to work with young
people. In addition, I think
year. Because of the festival,
we have been able to keep
WOuld yOu say THE people can tell if you are sin-
other SJNA projects running. fEsTIVal sERVEs as a cere and honest no matter
WHaT dOEs THE suNsET We have created a number susTaINING fORCE IN what levels of dysfunction.
JuNCTION sTREET of programs in partnership
THE COmmuNITy? In the beginning, there were
with area schools such as lots of bureaucracy and pa-
fEsTIVal mEaNs TO an after school soccer team Yes. The street festi- perwork and we (Silver Lake
yOu? and an at-risk youth program val brings in lots of money residents) just wanted to cre-
to help keep young people that keeps the neighborhood ate situations where we could
It is amazing. You just out of trouble. The SJNA also earn money for the commu-
thriving and pulls it together.
never know what your journey has a coffeehouse also which nity and help young people.
Its takes a lot of patience to
in life will be. The energy of provides job training for the Through it all, I have learned
get newer residents to under-
the festival is so real and the youth as well as open mic you must be patient and
impact its’ had on the neigh- stand what Sunset Junction
Wednesday have to help fos- is. Throughout the years, we be grounded and just care
borhood has been phenome- ter their musical talents. We about people.
have had many people who
nal. The Sunset Junction has sponsor a community beauti- have graduated through our
been extremely popular with fication program in which we program who come back
Angelenos and has put Silver paint murals, plant trees and as adults and parents and
Lake on the map. It is a nice keep the parks clean. help with the festival because

yOu HaVE Had sOmE

suCH as CHaka kHaN,
bECk aNd luCINda
WIllIams aT THE fEsTI-
Val. HOW dId yOu GET
I have always loved
music and entertainment. In
the early days, I would take
some of the gang youth to
see the greats like Al Green
and Gladys Knight because
I wanted to expose them to
a bigger world. Seeing these
concerts made a difference
in their lives. Therefore, I
thought it would be a good
idea to bring these artists to
the festival. They supported
our cause and wanted to
give back to the community.
It was a win win situation for
everyone. The year is exciting
we have Evelyn “Champagne”

Magic Las Vegas

Designers and
models rocked
the runway in
South Beach

mercedes benz
fashion week Written by abbI JOHNsON

From debut lines such as former Victoria’s Se- Despite torrential rain, swelter-
ing humidity and major traffic, the
chicest of the industry still made it
cret swimwear designer Matthew Zink’s line out to Miami Beach’s hottest ticket
of the year for the fashionably in-
clined. Mercedes Benz Fashion Week
Charlie, to tried and true swimwear faves from Swim brings a hint of Hollywood to
the East Coast year after year and
continues to impress.
Jessica Simpson, True Religion, Ed Hardy and Celeb sightings, including R
& B singer Mya, some America’s
Diesel, Miami Beach got EXTRA skimpy on a Next Top Model contestants and of
course the Kardashian sisters, kept
the gossip journalists buzzing while
nothing-but-a-bikini wardrobe during Mercedes swimwear editors from top glossy
publications sat front row mixing
business with pleasure while taking
Benz Fashion Week Swim 2011 collections. in beach-ready fashion and sipping
mojitos between shows.

Eastern influences
at Ed Hardy

Among the sea of astonish-

ingly cellulite-free models, bold-
faced names from Miami, Los
Angeles, New York and beyond
partied day and night at the in-
credible events that took over the
town during swim week.

International premiere luxury

concierge service Quintessentially
rocked the party scene with two
of the most sought-after RSVP
confirmations outside of getting
into the official runway tents at
the Raleigh Hotel. Kicking it off
with an exclusive event honoring
Matthew Williamson’s premiere
swim collection at the famous
Webster boutique, attendees
were the first to shop the col-
lection via an on-location pop
up store. The following evening,
Quintessentially partnered with
Cast Affair and Mogul PR to pres-
ent fashion shows by Cosabella,
ANK and A’Che at the W hotel in
Miami Beach.

In an inaugural presenta-
tion, MOD Swim Week took over
the infamous Nikki Beach and
Mansion nightclub with a jam-
packed schedule of one runway
show after another featuring
some seriously colorful bikinis.
Celebs, press and VIPs enjoyed
complementary swag from design-
ers such as Kristi Grinna, Azure
Swim, Keva by Keva J, House of
Jackie Brown, Hermosa Jewelry,
Betsy Moss, BR Republic, We Love
Colors, Boca Tanning Club, Ailey
V, Plasti-Chic and more. In ad-
dition to the beachside runway
blitz, the MOD Media crew hosted
the MOD Swim Lounge, a fabu-
lous gifting suite, at the W Hotel
Bungalow. Extravagant gift bags
stuffed with the latest and great-
est in beauty and fashion swag
were gifted to attendees.

sWIm 2011 COllECTIONs


Hawaiian flavor
ruled at Poko Pano

Country girl chic at

True Religion

Ultra-mod at
Trina Turk

Swimwear hits a
fashion high note
on the runway with
Australian label

Kooey Swimwear

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other side and am now ready to take on the
3 world!

HW: How did you get involved with

1. America’s Next saving whales?
Top Model’s Anchul
4 Joseph with Johanna LB: During the creation of Lisa Blue I searched
Thompson for an appropriate cetacean protection organiza-
tion to donate to. I found the Australian Whale
2. The scene back- Conservation Society to be a powerful, well run
stage at True Religion organization with upmost integrity. The AWCS is
one of a number of organizations that put pres-
sure on the Australian government so that in
3. Entourage Star 1978 Australia announced its position as anti
Perrey Reeves at the whaling both domestically and internationally. The
MOD Swim Lounge at AWCS engages with governments and organiza-
the W Hotel. tions to bring about lasting change.
4. Keva by Keva J at HW: How important is it for design-
MOD Swim Week
FemmeScience ers, actors and other high profile
Body Cream was
5. Backstage glam-
people work with a charity?
gifted to VIPS
our at Tyler Rose LB: Well, I truly hope that Lisa Blue sets a trend
for the future so that other companies will also
adopt a philanthropic approach. When more busi-
nesses and other entities in power use their influ-
ence towards environmental issues or poverty the
world will become a more peaceful place.

maGIC Written by april moon

in Vegas
largest fashion
Trade Event
Trends for 2010
The MAGIC is in the numbers MAGIC hosts two events annual- Sourcing at MAGIC stated an antici-
– two convention sites in Las Vegas, ly, one in February and one in August. pated 30 percent increase in size
mazes of booths on multiple floors The Mandalay Bay Convention Center compared to the same time last
– and the numbers are growing. The was the site for MAGIC Menswear, year.
Men’s Apparel Guild in California, PROJECT, S.L.A.T.E, Premium, Street
which considers itself the “world’s and the POOLTRADESHOW. The Las MAGIC premiered the Indigo
largest fashion trade event,” stated Vegas Convention Gallery, described as a new platform
it had a 25 percent increase in re- within the Premium show “highlighting
tailer registration for its August 2010 Center hosted WWDMAGIC, FN the latest in men’s denim and denim
event. PLATFORM, and Sourcing at MAGIC, inspired sportswear.”
which will highlight India. Event host

Famous retailers included
Many California retailers and
designers attended to showcase
their latest lines.

Doramafi, a Downtown Los

Angeles staple for 15 years,
showcased the jeans they say
are “hot in Europe.”

The mission of Not For

Pot (, based in
Riverside, is not only the pro-
motion of medical marijuana, but
for the love of stoner girls. Two
models showed off the “I (heart)
Stoner Girls” T-shirts. Their motto
is that they are “clothing deal-
ers,” oh, and that they love
“stoner girls.” Jaime Kennedy
sported their clothes in a film

Cutline International, based

in Los Angeles for decades,
showcased their line of graphic
T-shirts and jeans.

Billionaire Mafia, a Vegas-

based company with stores in
Los Angeles, featured their Croc
MAGIC STONER jacket in a window display.
Buckaroo Jeans, with a
showroom in Los Angeles, said
their 153 jeans are a top seller.
In the MAGIC workroom,
Los Angeles-based ZAK, next to
Kanvis 215, proudly showed their




Track Suit, which they say is


New to MAGIC was tattoo

artist Ami James of “Miami Ink”
fame. He launched Ami James
Ink to showcase his other artis-
tic talents (see side story).

The trend for 2010 is that

Los Angeles retailers and de-
signers are still inspired and de-
signing for the future, and they MAGIC TRACK SUIT
are not alone.

amI JamEs INk

Ami James of “Miami Guild in California convention held in Mandalay
Ink” launches line at MAGIC Bay this August.
in Vegas
He said motorcycle riders and “a lot of rock
Ami James is an artist. and roll” inspire the design of his T-shirts, jeans
Whether it’s designing a tat- and accessories. Ami James Ink is higher-end cloth-
too or a T-shirt for his new ing with a vintage feel and a “great price point.”

Ami James Ink, he

wants to be known for all of
his creative talents.

So, for the past year, he

has been working on a line of
clothing that “goes with my
style and what I love.”

Ami James spoke pas-

sionately about his inspira-
tion for his “life brand” in his
booth at the Men’s Apparel

Ami James of “Miami Ink” fame

launches his new line Ami James Ink
at MAGIC in Vegas. He is wearing his
1968 Easy Rider inspired T-shirt.


an Extraordinary Hollywood Playground
Written by Jenny Werth

Puerto Vallarta. The infamous for the upcoming action movie also Coast destination complete with crys-
Hollywood vacation hideaway where starring Robert De Niro, Dark Fields. tal blue waters, picture perfect sunsets,
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton fabulous beaches and stunning world-
built their love nest, partied under a Still, besides Puerto Vallarta’s class resorts. But it’s what lies beneath
star-lit sky, cavorted Hollywood-style, movie allure, the basic facts are irrefut- the surface that makes Puerto Vallarta
fought tumultuously and then rendez- able. It’s Mexico’s most popular Pacific truly extraordinary. The lush tropical
voused again, and again, and again. jungle landscape surrounds the city in
every corner making it an intricate part
Yes, Puerto Vallarta’s got fabulous of Vallarta’s history, culture and devel-
history in its veins, hypnotizing depth, opment. The vivid greenery of the city’s
intoxicating spots for escapades and a plant life, along with the towering Sierra
slice of nature’s most abundant play- Madre Mountains rolling into the shores
ground. It’s a place where the Pacific of the colossal Banderas Bay make it
reflects the vibrant green plant life that simply breathtaking.
bursts out of each road beckoning a
myriad of visitors. Not far away from the bay is the
enchanting Viejo Vallarta, also known
It’s incredible that it’s already as Old Town, with its maze of cobble-
been 40-years since the release of The stone streets lined with charming inns,
Night of the Iguana; the movie that put independently-owned restaurants and
this then-remote Pacific coast fishing galleries which showcase local artists.
village of 12,500 souls on the map and Perhaps the first thing you’ll notice when
catapulted it into a movie location fa- walking through Old Town is the lack of
vorite. How times change. Make it modern development. The city’s original
there soon and you just may run into structures make Puerto Vallarta both
Bradley Cooper whose recently been in a beach resort and authentic Mexican
Puerto Vallarta filming important scenes

city. Mercifully, you’ll find very few modern con-
structions of popular American chain restaurants
now ever present in beach resorts such as Cancun.
Sorry, no low-fat grande vanilla lattes available on
every corner here- you’ll be hard pressed to find
a Starbucks (a welcome reprieve). Instead, within
the traditional concrete and brick buildings along
the tree-lined paths, you’ll find bakeries turning out
dozens of delicious pastries, boutiques with hand-
made clothing, relaxing sidewalk café’s, lively bars
and tiny markets with unique local products.

Within the windy streets of this eclectic archi-

tectural mix you’ll find one of Vallarta’s most fash-
ionable and scrumptious restaurants, de Santos.
This cosmopolitan restaurant is one of the most
avant-garde in all of Puerto Vallarta packed with
Hollywood-type ‘beautiful people.’ Within its adobe
walls and century-old brick archways contrasted
with modern, clean and simple white walls, is a
place where the rich locals and trendy visitors go
to dine and party the night away. This hot spot
with flickering candles, soft lights and a rooftop
sky bar certainly make this the ‘place-to-be-seen’
in Vallarta.

Si senorita, throw on that low-back sexy dress

that shows off your tan, but also be ready to
suck in your stomach after eating in the restau-
rant! The menu offers yummy appetizers such as
the popcorn shrimp and gourmet foods such as
the homemade ravioli stuffed with lobster, ricotta
cheese and eggplant. Not to mention the incredible
wine and cocktail selections; such as the ‘Coco,’ a
scrumptious drink made of Vodka Grey Goose, milk
and crème of coconut.

After a night of partying at de Santos, you’ll

need a remarkable place to stay… and that’s where
the truly astonishing The Quinta Maria Cortez comes
into play. Just south of town awaits this exclusive
Hollywood-worthy bed and breakfast. Don’t let the
B&B label fool you however; this is not a simple
place to just eat and sleep. Really, it’s a slice of
heaven that masterfully combines beautiful antique
furniture that could easily be in a French chateau,
along with a dramatic design and exquisite views.
This Mediterranean Villa is truly unique with its
seven tiered levels built into the hotel’s white sandy
beach front cliff. The brochure is right, it really is
“a bit of whimsical tropical antiquity by the sea.”
The panoramic ocean view all-suite accommoda-
tions do feature Wi-Fi and phones even though
most people take refuge in escaping the modern
world within the open walls of these villas. In the
heart of the B&B is a lovely common area with
sitting room, fireplace, terrace and palapa-roofed
dining area. There is history within the walls of this
villa that’s worthy of a book; and the villa’s manag-
er, Jose,’ will happily tell you some of its secrets. A
wedding here would render speechless any guests:
guaranteed most people have never seen a setting
such as this in Mexico.

However, if you’re looking for accommoda-

tions in the heart of Puerto Vallarta that also share
in a part of Hollywood-history then The Hacienda
San Angel is your place! This luxurious hotel and
colonial-style hacienda transports you into an ex-
terior tropical haven and interior antique paradise
with relics and paintings of museum quality. The city
and ocean view Hacienda has five Mexican villas;
the first two are joined to the third and fifth villa by

The Hacienda
San Angel

a path that winds through a large heated pools that cobblestone streets, the Naturally, after explor-
picturesque terraced garden each immerse you into total scent of roast pork and tor- ing the Malecon, you’ll end
filled with climbing plants, tranquility. One offers pan- tillas linger in the air and up hungry for some real
vibrant flowers and a charm- oramic views of the city and red bougainvillea climb over Mexican food! Our pick is
ing fountain. Villa four is lo- Banderas Bay, while another walled haciendas. At its tradi- El Arrayan, an intimate little
cated just across the street. is situated right next to the tional core is a pleasant pla- Mexican restaurant with a
Notably, Villa one, also romantic rooftop terrace za where kids chase pigeons lot of soul. Situated in the
known as Villa Bursus, was that gazes directly over the and shoeshine stands do a heart of Old Town, it’s an
purchased by actor Richard crown of Guadalupe church. brisk business. At one end easy stroll from the Malecón.
Burton as a Valentine’s Day They even have their own of the plaza is the Malecon They do a delicious job of
gift for his then wife Susan. private church, with a beau- (ocean front walkway) that rescuing old family recipes
Thus, the Villa ‘Bursus.’ In tifully painted ceiling for attracts clever locals who using 100-percent locally
fact, you can sleep in their weddings and other private turn into sandcastle artists, produced ingredients, includ-
actual master bedroom with events. www.haciendasan- jugglers and musicians by ing the use of their corn
amazing views and a delight- dusk. While on the other which is milled fresh every
ful breeze. side, the crowned tower day. El Arrayan is on a
And although Vallarta of Our Lady of Guadalupe mission to change Mexican
The Hacienda has been clearly has a Hollywood- church rises like a beacon. food stereotypes; such as
beautifully restored and of- standard side to it, it’s And in the distance are the popular belief that all
fers today’s most modern also just as sun-kissed and all the narrow, cobblestone Mexican food must be deep
guest amenities found in slow-paced as any other streets that snake up into fried with blankets of melted
any luxury accommodation, rural village. The sun filters the hills where red-tiled roof- cheese on top. This is truly
including a water purification through the abundant palms, tops peek from a lush tangle a one-of-a-kind, authentic
system. Its old world charm kids splash in the bay, ven- of tropical foliage. Mexican restaurant. Your
is only enhanced by three dors hawk their wares on mouth will melt as you savor

Quinta Maria Cortez

dishes with pre-Hispanic ingredients such as chile,
cactus paddles, beans, avocados and corn. And
once they’re combined with European ingredients
brought to Mexico many years ago which are now
staples; such as beef, cheese and pork among
many others; you end up with a taste you will
not soon forget. These quality ingredients have
given this charming mostly outdoor courtyard-like
restaurant a wonderful reputation and large clien-
tele following.

So, por favor, leave the concept of El Torito’s

fried and frenzied menu behind as you sip on a
tequila or an authentic raicilla (a homegrown ver-
sion of tequila) with soft traditional Mexican music
playing in the background. Then prepare your
taste buds and savor some of their specialties;
like the delicious black bean and cheese filled
plantain fritters or their many different salsas (or
moles) that enhance every meal. Be sure to
save room for the desserts! The cajeta (caramel
spread) flan is to-die-for! You can even impress
your friends by bringing them a package of El
Arrayan’s locally grown vanilla.
Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

It’s as if the native vanilla scent reaches

Californians in the air! Countless people think of
Puerto Vallarta as a perfect vacation spot while
de Santos
encompassing all the ingredients for the idyllic
honeymoon. But more and more, Californians
are looking to Vallarta as a place to get married.
The warm weather, ocean breezes, friendliness of
the people, and easy accessibility by air are all
attractions. Le Kliff restaurant is one such ideal
wedding location. It’s located about 20-minutes
south of Vallarta almost literally at the end of
the windy car-accessed road in the lush Boca
de Tomatlan area. One step into Le Kliff is all
it takes to understand why it’s been a perennial
favorite for diners seeking extreme elegance with
spectacular views. The romance of the restaurant
is only enhanced by its purplish-blue sunset hues
with views of the jungle and ocean surrounding
the cliff-top location. Waves crashing against the
rocks below and Latin America’s “largest straw
palapa” (umbrella-style roof) only add to the lus-
cious ambience. Receptions can be held right on
location and the space can elegantly handle up
to 200 people.

Puerto Vallarta is a spectacular sun-filled

oasis; even when the tropical rains fall, it’s still
warm and serene. Sure, newer Mexican resort
developments such as Cancun and Los Cabos
may be slightly better known, but they’re also
just the creations of government planners and
land speculators. Puerto Vallarta’s historic heart
remains pure while other ocean resorts lack any
real historic atmosphere. For more than 40-years,
this seacoast town on Banderas Bay has grown
like the bougainvillea on its many terraces into
the plush, colorful coastal escape it is today. A
combination of the sights and sounds awaken
your senses, much the way the wind feels as it
blows through your hair. The media may scream
that Mexico is dangerous every day, but, the bor-
der towns that experience the violence are far,
far away from Puerto Vallarta. In fact, the only
danger in Puerto Vallarta is the threat that you’ll
never want to leave.


Frankly & For Real By Frankie J.

Allow me to introduce myself. This is my column and I give it to In this new Hollywood Weekly
My friends call me loyal, men call you. Besides, what’s the fun in hav- Column, I am interested in only the
me constantly but you can call me ing something amazing if you can’t coolest products, services and experi-
Frankie…Frankie J., that is. You share it? ences by the realest of people. I’m
won’t see me on lifestyles of the Rich Let’s be real for a moment and by not promising to solve world hunger,
and Famous but, quite frankly, you real I mean, we’re gonna talk about and I’m definitely not a shrink, but
won’t see me at Wal-Mart either. real life, real love and real people in a hey, I’m gonna be frank. Actually
I’m just your typical Hollywood town where you’re blessed when you I’m gonna be Frankie J. with you
hip-chick looking for love, money find anything real. But when you do and give you the only thing I have
and opportunity in a city where it find it, you’d better appreciate it and that no one can deprive me of…my
is all around and ever elusive. But hold on to it with both hands. opinion. Enjoy!
isn’t that what we’re all here for?

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that you can find should be a law. I was fortunate enough to out of putting any thought into what you eat while still fol-
grow up eating organic and all natural before it was the “in” lowing a strict diet and appropriate calorie level then this is
thing to do. We lived in a one-room apartment, wore Kmart for you. The only problem is that there are a ton of meal
clothes and rolled in a beat up royal blue Chevy Nova (they delivery services to choose from, especially in LA. So I re-
stopped making them for a reason) but my Mom made sure searched them all and tested the 3 services that I thought
she bought the healthiest foods, often from the local co-op. encompassed convenience, deliciousness, health, and in true
Frankie J style Realness.
As kids, my brother and I longed for a snack drawer with
the likes of Oatmeal Crème Pies, Cool Ranch Doritos and EL
Fudge Cookies. Instead, we enjoyed natural fig bars, home-
made frozen creamsicles, made from natural yogurt and o.j. Susan’s Gourmet - Irvine, CA
and faux fudge consisting of natural pb, powdered milk and
honey. We dreaded the moment our friends would say, “I’m (
hungry.” But embarrassed no more and frankly, I’m extremely
blessed that Sometimes it’s the little things that make me fall in love
with a company or service, which is the case with Susan’s.
I have adopted my Mother’s nutrition know-how. I guess you I feel like there are a bunch of grandmas, moms and aunts
can say I was born knowing about nutrition so I am gonna nestled in a kitchen preparing these meals with the fresh-
hook you up with how to make it convenient in this amaz- est of ingredients and the best of intentions. I visualize my
ing City of Choices. I have spent hours and hours logging Gramma’s kitchen on a Sunday evening as all of the women
daily calories into the Notes section on my iphone. Digging prepare a fresh meal, often with ingredients from my Uncle
cans and boxes out of the garbage after I forgot to log the Herky’s garden.
calories, but not before I threw away the chicken fat, coffee
grinds and moldy pasta sauce. Fun times! Maybe I could Susan’s does cutie little things like attaching a sheet with the
keep up with that if I was in my early 20’s again when all Monthly Specials that include Nutritional tid-bits. The food
that really mattered was being skinny and figuring out next was great and I even chose the lowest calorie option. The
Friday’s outfit. Life has happened and I need convenience but freshness was obvious by the taste but they pride themselves
assurance that what I am eating is what they say it is and on only needing orders 48 hours before delivery time, which
provides me with energy to run a company, 5 miles, and a is awesome for those of us who have a hard time committing
fast moving social calendar. I’m not Oprah or the Queen and way in advance. If only all of life was so flexible. Meals can
like the majority of us common folk, do not have a personal be very strict and customized based on calories. When order-
chef on my payroll. I’m not hating, I’m just saying. ing you have the options of quick and easy ordering where
you pick the calories and they pick the meals, or pick n’
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promote good health, not just weight loss. A complete day’s
meals meet or exceed the daily nutritional guidelines recom-
mended by the American heart Assn., the American Cancer
Society, and the American Dietetic Assn.

and dessert tray but want guidance on or needs. How awesome is that? This

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work the town. Then you can hang out

at the hotel bar and maybe run into
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meals especially for you. The personal
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chef thing had me at hello! The detailed
an ounce of added artificial ingredients cravings. It has been referred to as sex
questionnaire leaves no room for er-
was so sexy and natural to me. Walking in a bowl by
rors and you should rest assured that
out of there knowing exactly what I was many! You
if you gag at the sight of mushrooms
putting into my body and realizing that may want
then those bad boys will be nowhere
we always have a choice – ALWAYS to take
to be found!
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Bistro MD seat in the maternity yoga class that
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Nite Moon Café introduces yogic food
The cool thing about Bistro MD is that to Hollywood, inspired by the ancient
it can be delivered anywhere in the wisdom for your creative vibrant soul!
U.S.; I mean really anywhere –even The salad bar is my go-to choice.
Homestead, Pennsylvania (I tested it). There are many selections of organic,
If only they were around during the whole, alive and delicious veggies and
days when I travelled for work con- homemade salad dressings.
stantly they would have prevented me

Celeb Citing
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calories to Dr. Cederquist, she will not toss of a refreshing dressing is the
create a cuisine that was low-calorie That’s all I got! Until next time.
perfect balanced meaI. BTW, I saw
at the expense of flavor. Thank you Robert Redford, Jodi Foster and xoxo
Sweet Caroline! The meals are frozen,
so a microwave or oven is a must, but
some other people that I should Frankie J
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can control yourself on the breadbasket to your specific dietary preferences mation


Third Conversation
on Global Citizenship:
High-Context Communication (actions)
Written by dr. laura Wilhelm
lauraWil Intercultural

action is
(William shakespeare)

Photo Credit: seyda kapsiz

Thus far I have fo- who often favor relational high-

context communication in work
cused primarily upon the environments.
role of language in global
Knowing this, I make it a
citizenship. My academic point to invest time and care in
training allows me to com- cross-cultural relationship build-
ing. Over the years I have of-
municate in many foreign fered extra attention in many
languages as well as my forms to extremely appreciative
intercultural associates of all
own. However, life experi- kinds.
ence suggests that actions
Facebook and other so-
may truly speak louder cial media sites were invented Photo courtesy of The salon
than words when working to build personalized global net- by maxime salvador for
works that result in mutual gains
across cultures. based upon mutual regard.
yotam solomon.
Impersonal Western con- Highly competitive Western
ceptions of professionalism cultures typically honor the
may displease non-Westerners, clock. However, I have learned

to anticipate and to some extent
accommodate tardiness and delays
as a fact of intercultural life. In the
West time may be money, but good
will is solid gold worldwide.

America is one of the most

individualistic of all Western coun-
tries. From birth us Americans feel
entitled to life, liberty, and the pur-
suit of happiness. Here we have
no problem whatsoever looking out
for number one. Entrepreneurship
is second nature to us. Most of us
want to be our own boss and make
a unique mark upon the world.

In many highly collectivist non-

Western cultures, American-style as-
sertiveness is considered immodest
and therefore discouraged. With
great difficulty have I tried to ad-
vise international students and cli-
ents how to “sell” themselves during
interviews and presentations. These
same individuals may hesitate to Photo Credit: Seyda Kapsiz
accept deserved awards and pro-
motions at work. Again, awareness human limitations that compels them to the tip of the cross-cultural iceberg. The
is a key to improvement. give back to the community. Most of 2000 U.S. census estimated that 53% of
all, their passionate belief in the abiding California alone is immigrant. The 2010
I can honestly say that some
promise of the American Dream restores census may reveal that this number is on
of the very best people in my busi-
hope for the future. the rise.
ness network are bi-cultural. The
resourcefulness required to cope My working relations with intercultural The global economy binds its citizens
daily with life in a different lan- associates have enriched my life beyond together more tightly every day. Whatever
guage and culture seems to drive measure. All have taught me so much our motives, intercultural understanding
them forward. Their dual orientation both in and out of the classroom. can only better our actions.
can open doors to brilliant oppor-
tunities. Their own struggles most In parting, the issues I have raised
often foster a deep compassion for in these three short editorials are only


Aspiring Writers
If you don’t know someone in Hollywood with a screenplay, then you don’t know
someone in Hollywood. Ask any waitress or valet, and most likely they’re working
on the next great movie blockbuster. But, before they can thank the Academy, they
have to pitch their idea to a producer, and that is where the Hollywood Weekly can
assist. In this new section, we ask aspiring screenwriters to submit their pitches to
be viewed by those in the industry who actually have the power to make decisions.
Now sit back, relax and let the pitch begin.

God’s Kids
The title for my feature film hope that they will be the last piece nists are out on the streets; the
is “God’s Kids”. It is a comedy in of the puzzle that will drive it into ladiesman becomes a stripper, the
which three deadbeats think they bankruptcy. The antagonist and his jerk is a cab driver, and the hippie
can solve their financial and employ- “assistant” who’s an 18 yr. old alter picks up elephant dung at the zoo.
ment woes by entering the catholic boy have a low-key romantic relation- The nun and deacon investigate what
priesthood, but end up unknowingly ship that’s quite humorous. When the happened to the protagonists and
become a part of an evil priest’s protagonists arrive; they meet their uncover the antagonist plan. The nun
plan to destroy a declining parish pushover principal, a senile deacon, tells the ladiesman and he convinc-
for personal gain. By trial and much and an attractive, but innocent nun. es the others to save the parish.
error our three heroes attempt to The deacon is old and out of his With help of the nun, the protago-
save the parish and their souls. The mind, but he performs many of the nists ruin the antagonist’s plan and
three main characters (Protagonists) church duties so the protagonists are let back into the priesthood by
are completely different from each are also assigned duties to help the bishop. The ending fast-forwards
other; one is a drugged-out hippie, out with the school. The protago- years later; where the ladiesman and
the other is a pessimistic jerk, and nists don’t really care about their nun get married and become bible-
the last one is quite the ladiesman. jobs; the ladiesman becomes the hugging Catholics with lots of kids,
marriage counselor where he sleeps the jerk is an old school/pre-Vatican
After being fired from picking up with unhappy housewives, the hippie II type priest that’s really strict, and
road-kill, the protagonists have hit does drugs and is a bus driver, the the hippie becomes the pope.
rock-bottom. They meet a catholic jerk is a drill sergeant gym teacher
priest who works in a wealthy part that gambles with other teachers on I already have written and
of town and after seeing how good the students when the play games. re-written this script. It was my final
he has it, they think they can do The hippie lets his homeless drug- project for my advanced screenwrit-
the same. The protagonists enroll dealer move in with them, where they ing class in which I received an A
in the seminary. Meanwhile, a priest screw around, trip on acid, and get for my work from my professor, an
high up in the diocese (Antagonist) is into adventures around the parish. ex-Hollywood screenwriter. Screen-
trying to pull off a huge real estate Through out the film the ladies- writing was also my major. I feel my
deal with the city to sell property man and the nun develop a strong idea is unique and could create a big
where a church and school are built relationship. The nun reveals to the buzz with the controversial catholic
on, but it’s in major decline. The ladiesman that the parish is in deep religion being mocked through out.
antagonist and his “assistant” who’s trouble, so he convinces the others
an alter boy pull the protagonists Contact Info
to help turn things around. They
out of the seminary early, fool them Mike Carfagna
make progress, but the antagonist
into thinking they’re going into an
reveals that they’re frauds and they
internship program, and place them 614-361-6506 (cell)
are excommunicated. The protago-
in the declining parish, where they

Andrew Dafoe Reduced
Treatment for
It was a sweltering summer day my feet should look. Entombed,
when I motored into Los Angeles. I focused on being motionless. I
A recent film school graduate, I started wondering if there was an

was wet behind the ears. Literally, award for best male carcass in a
dripping with sweat. My car was comedy series. A Stiffy? If so, I was
stuffed and roasting. It felt like I sure to get a nod. Snapping back,
was driving a turkey as I inched I realized it was quiet. Everyone On a distant planet, across an open desert
south on the 405. The stale breeze had broken for lunch and forgotten wasteland, a futuristic battle is raging - human
from my air conditioner offered no me inside. Who needs lunch? I’m soldiers fighting against a vast alien force. In the
solace. Why does the cold air always a method actor and dead people midst of the carnage, a small unit of humans is
smell like a robot farted? I watched never eat! surrounded by a group of massive alien warriors.
the heat rise from the blazing sea The snarling creatures raise their weapons and
of taillights and sighed. I’d heard Alas, like all good things, after
three incredible years, the show close in for the kill, when a translucent figure
of “needing breaks” to make it in suddenly flashes overhead, materializing into a
L.A., I just had no idea they were ended and my writing feet were
left only partially in the drawer, I pistol-wielding blur of a human. Midair, he fires
talking about the traffic. The Clash several shots into each of the troll-like alien
was playing on the radio. “Rock the mean, door.
heads, and lands in a silent crouch.
Casbah!” I drummed along on my
Unemployment glaringly
steering wheel. Mercifully, the lanes This is NOMAR…
highlights all that you are and
started moving again. Someone
annoyingly reminds you of all It’s 15 years in the future, and one video
had broken down and rubberneck-
you have yet to become. I recog- game has risen above the rest. Boasting an
ing had caused the gridlock. As
nize it’s a rotten time for many active roster list of over 30 million players, it has
I approached the crippled vehicle,
and it’s tempting to turn into the monopolized and revolutionized massive multi-
I tried not to pry like the other
Boo Radley of the neighborhood, player gaming. But it’s not played on a computer
nosey onlookers, but as I passed I
leaving gum in the tree for curious – using the next generation of gaming technol-
too did a double take. The unfor-
kids, but I’m driven. I’ve kept busy, ogy, it’s played entirely within your mind.
tunate motorist was a clown whose
working on my own projects and
fire engine red clown car had a
I’ve bested my longest stretch This game is called Asgard. And it’s
flat. Despite his painted smile, he
without a shower by two days! awesome.
was yelling obscenities into his cell
People say, “If this writing thing
phone and kicking the deflated The gameplay revolves around an interga-
doesn’t work out, you could do
tire with his bulbous shoe. I drove lactic war between the allied human nations,
something else, like sell insurance!”
away thinking, there were probably and brutal alien warriors known as the DeKarr.
No thanks. I’m committed. Besides
20 other clowns in that car. How Players are free to choose a race, a playstyle,
no one wants to call their insur-
come none of them were helping? and an avatar to embody as they join the battle
ance guy and say, “I just got rear
L.A. is an eccentric place -- a ended.” And he says, “Did they buy on the front lines.
mix of fact and fiction, achieve- you a drink first?”
But when a rogue group with a dark agenda
ments and failures and corn or decides to sabotage the game, the conscious-
Hollywood Weekly has been
flour tortillas. Apartments aren’t ness of over 20 million minds suddenly hangs
kind enough to provide a space for
furnished with refrigerators and in the balance. Unable to eject from the game
the undiscovered and overlooked,
the entrainment industry is a tricky world, and totally cut off from outside sources,
so I’m happy to shamelessly self-
ramen noodle to cook. the players of Asgard go from cocky, showboat-
promote. I’m original, relevant and
Earning my stripes, I worked dedicated to my craft. I under- ing game junkies - to a panicked mass on the
my way up from being a produc- stand that in today’s uploaded and verge of hysteria.
tion assistant, cleaning a Produc- informed society, where attention
spans are short, entertainment Now, the fate of the world seems to have
er’s dog’s urine-soaked kennel, to fallen into the hands of one player - NoMar.
being the writer’s assistant and ubiquitous and opinions increas-
ingly snarky (even my 90-year-old In the real world he is simply Matthew Deacon
the Associate Producer on “Tracey - college student, loner, a quiet kid with no
Ullman’s State of the Union”, a Nana recently said that “Glee” had,
“jumped the shark.”), great stories significant relationships. But in Asgard he’s a
sketch comedy show that aired hero, a team leader, one of the best to ever
on Showtime. I was in the thick are needed now more than ever. I
am passionate about telling those play the game. And as the real world descends
of it, surrounded with some of into chaos, only he has the courage and skill
the best the industry can offer, stories, making a difference and
making people laugh. to rally his team and fight to keep the whole
learning, sharing ideas and excel- system from crashing down.
ling. I even got a shot at acting.
I believe in the equation, Funny
Once, when we were shooting the As friendships are stressed, high scores
= Money. Not funny = No Money.
first season, we needed a cadaver are broken, and millions around the world are
Simply put, I know I have what it
whose feet stuck out of a morgue holding their breath, the citizens of Asgard will
takes, I just need a chance to make
drawer. I happily volunteered. I can discover that all they have is each other. The
a scene. I’m no longer a sweaty
handle that, I’ll just act natural. I only question is, will that be enough?
new arrival stuck in traffic, I’m on
yanked off my tube socks, hiked
my way to the party. Wonder if Philadelphia had Rocky, New York had Spider-
up my pant legs and hopped on
there will be clowns? man, Asgard has NoMar. But he needs your
the sliding metal gurney. For what
seemed like an eternity, carpen- Andrew Dafoe can be contact- help! For more information on this material,
ters hammered, gaffers fought ed at call (818) 669-6743 –
shadows and an army of make-up
personnel fussed over how dead

addiction and demons
They told me to strip, “Take worse yet put me down in front of between my shoulder blades and the
everything off, right down to your our kids. Suddenly I had no rights. If feeling was so incredibly horrible.. I
birthday suit,” she said. I followed the I were folding clothes…he would turn have to say, it felt like I was being
instructions I was given as I put on the TV off and say I didn’t deserve rapped as much as an entity could
the one-piece jail suit. Check your to watch it. That devastated me and rape a human. During the night, our
soul in here, before we bring you couldn’t comprehend what is in the bed would vibrate. During the day,
downstairs, she should have told mind of someone who says that. He our couch seemed to be breathing…
me. I am now in lockdown and the said I took money from the family… it would also vibrate. Friends didn’t
withdrawal is intense. I look out my thought I was part of the family. want to come over anymore… it
big glass door, no bars like you freaked them out to much! One night
see in the movies, and inmates are What I did was clearly stupid. I it shoved me against the wall, it felt
walking circles around the tables. No gave some vicodin to a friend who as if the floor was at a forty-five
life…no expression, you can almost had migraines. This left me short degree angle…I’m being assaulted by
see their hard lives etched in the so I went to a walk in clinic and evil…this is freaking insane!
lines on their faces. I heard music in gave a factitious name. Signing legal
the background…Any minute they will documents with a different name is a What it did was trick me; I
be coming to take me to the concert, felony. This brought the police to my thought I was communicating with my
hmm…hallucinations. I had to use the house; I was arrested and handcuffed brother, at least that is what it told
toilet and as I take down my jumpsuit, in the presence of my kids. I never me. It alerted us to upcoming danger,
I see the guard staring at my naked felt like such a looser in all my life. I even helped diagnosed an illness and
body. As I finish, he smiles, winks and had been a good wife and excellent saved me from a blood transfusion.
walks away. I have lost everything; mom until then. Does all the good I After speaking with a priest who said,
they may as well take my dignity. The have ever done get erased now? I “Feel free to call me anytime of the
night was long and painful…I prayed feel like it does. day or night.” refused to talk to me
to God to take me. after disturbing apparitions… haunting
Looking back, I see exactly what upon my visit. I feel fortunate enough
Morning rolls around….the loud went wrong. Many surgeries, many that ISIS Paranormal Investigators
KACHING wakes me up as the guard deaths and lots of vicodin. You enter documented some events. You can
unlocks our doors with the push of this grey area and self medicate to view our case on their website. Scroll
a button. I’m not hungry, so I found numb the pain and the depression. down…we are the twenty-second
a shower stall to the corner which I started loosing faith in God. That case…Westport, New York.
seemed to be more private. I turned was a huge mistake and made me an
the water on; it’s luke warm at best. easy target for evil spirits. I had seen I finally learned how to protect my
Suddenly, I feel someone washing spirits my whole life and soon was able family from evil. I find it so interesting
my back, she says, “Let me help to communicate with them through that the entity told me not to write
you” She pulls me closer to wash automatic writing. One morning while about it. I then started pouring my
my breasts. My gut feeling is…I don’t having coffee, my thumb started to heart out in my blog, http://shado-
have a choice. Lord…please help me, move on my coffee cup and formed The love
I don’t belong here. letters that spelled, “Why won’t you and support from my followers and
talk to me?” We soon starting having my family helped me see that life is
After showering with the help of paranormal activity that scared the worth living. Now who’s on top?
my new BFF, my husband came to hell out of us. This entity would
pick me up. Now comes the hard part, paralyze me during the night in order Sandra Henrichs
trying to redeem myself. My husband to sting or electrocute my right ear AKA Kaley Rain
does not have a forgiving heart and over and over again. At the same
made my life hell. He put me down, time, it felt like it was kissing me

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Warm Icy Tears
Paul D. Geyer
The ants have built a stadium on a gold
medal and they are skating on frozen tears of
a little boy. They do figure skating and hockey. 1) Novel Mores, Drama
The boy is one of the best skaters in the city
Far from the typical or classic boy-meets-girl or love story, this
and needs the gold medal to receive a new
story isn’t very romantic, at least in the traditional sense. It’s a story
pair of skating shoes which are given to the
about sex with and without relationships and the dangers of certain
athletes every year. It is a traditional ceremony
lifestyles. Casual sex is used purposefully for good against the ultimate
that the athletes attend with gold medal on the
hypocrite. The story has some humor but is not superficial fluff or
breast to receive new skates as their prize.
escapist fantasy. It will probably make some people uncomfortable
The gold medal is necessary to prove (who probably won’t admit it). It doesn’t neatly fit into any genre and
championship to get the skates. His old skates the characters aren’t typical or stereotypical (e.g. cardboard cutouts).
are too small for him to wear. But his gold Can be shot as R or NC-17 (TVMA). From my novel (
medal is now the place for ants’ stadium where
they are skating on his frozen tears. His tears
have dropped on it because he has cried while
2) Life Value, Drama
(most suitable for cable movie and series)
tending to the wounds of a white pigeon. He
leaves his medal so as not to destroy the People with acute health problems are recruited for the oppor-
ant’s stadium. So he can’t skate for a whole tunity to take advantage of their situations and make a difference,
winter. In the spring he dreams that his tears contributing to the greater good. Interesting yet plausible characters
are evaporating and changing into tiny clouds. (that audiences can relate to and/or care about) take on new roles
The clouds cover everything in the house, and and important new challenges. Unconventional actions and behavior
change them into gold. may make this story uneasily heartwarming, possibly controversial and
upsetting. Action is purposeful and necessary. May be inspiring as
He gets up and sees nothing in the house
well as controversial or discomforting. Tailor-made for anthology-type
has changed into gold and there is no sign of
series with new people recruited into new situations each week.
melted icy tear on the medal. The ants have
dissolved a black grain in his tears to make
some ink. The Queen, who is on a wax paper, 3) The Rescue, Drama
calls him. The Queen starts skating in harmony
with the dancer and singer ants and at the Because of an injury, two atypical criminals need to be rescued
same time with the ink made of tears, she is from a rugged rural locale. To be safe, they call two acquaintances (a
drawing a map which is forming by the lines of techno-nerdy guy and a younger waitress who are strangers to each
her tiny skates. It is a map of a great treasure. other) to help them out. They meet each other before heading to
They give the treasure to the boy as thanksgiv- the rescue site. A deputy and her ex-navy seal husband, whose cabin
ing. So the boy becomes the richest person in they broke into, also return. Twists, turns, and double-crosses in this
the city and the next winter he skates on his low-budget story that avoids clichés.
personal lake with golden skates.

Reza Zardoshti 4) Chance Crossing, Drama

Why would a connected entertainment mogul be after a down-on-

his-luck guy who finds himself homeless? Did his comments on suicide
lead to the death of a teenager? Sometimes things are not as they
appear. Two event chains cross in a story of deceptions, perseverance
and compassionate people needing to be needed. Inspired by real
experience. Subtle nuanced roles for good actors.

Paul D. Geyer

Cell 805-890-9029



don’t get so tired shopping at all of those

“back to school” sales that you won’t have
the energy to go out at night to partake of the
exciting new first shows in the new seasons
at our local theatrical venues, such as:

Garrett, it runs through October 24 at The Matrix Theatre

in Los Angeles. For tickets call 323-960-7774 or visit

“Camelot” is the story of a mythical kingdom in the

middle ages ruled by a king and his knights, the best of
whom has a covert affair with the queen thereby sacrific-
ing his position and jeopardizing his life. Written by Alan
Jay Lerner with music by Frederick Loewe and directed by
“All My Sons” The year is 1946. The Kellers, by all Mark Knowles, it runs through October 16 at the Glendale
appearances, seem to be the quintessential “all-American” Centre Theatre in Glendale. For tickets call 818-244-8481
family, except for one terrible secret: Joe Keller, family or visit
patriarch, has concealed a great crime. Tensions mount as
he attempts to hide the truth, fearful of how the repercus-
sions will affect the lives of his loved ones, still grieving
over the loss of son Larry, whose plane went down in
the war. Written by Arthur Miller and directed by Edward
Edwards, it runs through October 2 at the Ruskin Group
Theatre in Santa Monica. For tickets call 310-397-3244
or visit

“Tape” in a motel room in one unbroken period of

real-time, the much-lauded stage drama, follows the in-
teractions of three emotionally entangled characters, who
must navigate through their volatile, differing perspectives
of past events. Written by Stephen Belber and directed by
Joelle Arqueros, it runs September 2 through September
30 at Bill Becker’s NoHo Stages in North Hollywood. For
tickets call 323-769-5566 or visit www.madworldpro-
“Neighbors” Have you seen the new neighbors?
“Bail Me Out” Joe, a blue collar mechanic in New
Richard Patterson is an upwardly mobile African-American
Jersey, minds his own business until his best friend Ray, a
academic. The family of black actors who has moved in
podiatrist, finally comes out to him, because Ray believes
next door is rowdy, tacky, shameless, and uncouth. They
that Joe is the only man who can convince Ray’s lover,
are not just invading his neighborhood- - they’re infiltrating
Shawn, a married black preacher, to leave his wife and
his family, his sanity, and his entire post-racial lifestyle.
kids to be with Ray, which is exactly what Joe tells him in
Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and directed by Nataki

a prison cell after a bar brawl with Shawn. With Joe’s wife, Playhouse in Westchester. For tickets call 310-645-5156
the ‘un-loved’ Sherry, to Melissa, Joe’s ex-fiancé who still or visit
has Joe’s heart and his friends in between Troy, a big-
oted ex-con and Jimmy, a foot-fearing dolt, Joe is never “Martyrdumb” Two buildings are sequentially cap-
far away from people that either get him off or piss him tured and their occupants held hostage by bomb-wielding
off. Written by Renato Biribin, Jr. and directed by Joshua terrorists. The first edifice is a business center. The second
Fardon, it runs September 3 through October 10 at the building is the headquarters of a government strike force,
Hudson Guild Theatre in Hollywood. For tickets call 323- the Federal Anti-terrorist Regime Troop (F.A.R.T.). The first
960-7745 or visit assailant declares himself to be the member of an ob-
scure religious cult that worships a deity called Viknard.
“Waiting For Godot” is a brilliant, bitter, comic por- The background of the second attacker is more shadowy;
trait of the dogged resilience of man’s spirit in the face of however, one individual is strongly connected to both inci-
little hope where two dilapidated bums wait for Godot, a dents. Written by Jason Britt and Kerr Seth Lordygan and
mysterious figure who will either explain their interminable directed by Maria Markosov, it runs September 10 through
insignificance or put an end to it, as they confront that October 17 at The Eclectic Company Theatre in Valley
essential human dilemma: “I can’t go on! I must go on!” Village. For tickets call 818-508-3003 or visit www.
Written by Samuel Beckett and directed by Timothy McNeil,
it runs September 3 through October 3 at The Studio C
Theatre at Stella Adler in Hollywood. For tickets call 323-
960-7770 or visit

“Misalliance” An underwear magnate and armchair

philosopher’s spoiled daughter is bored with life and her
fiancé until a plane drops from the sky into their green-
house, bringing with it a dashing pilot and a lady acrobat.
Soon afterwards, a man with a gun and a grudge turns up
in their Turkish bath turning the rules of courtship upside-
down as everyone attempts to woo the new guests. Written
by George Bernard Shaw and directed by Martin Benson,
it runs September 10 through October 10 at the Folino
“Waiting For Lefty” takes place at a union meeting Theatre Center in South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa.
of New York taxi drivers, where the cabbies contemplate a For tickets call 714-708-5555 or visit
strike. It’s really a corrupt company union, and the cabbies
will never get anywhere unless they form their own honest
union. They await the arrival of Lefty, their elected chair-
man. Meanwhile, we look at intimate details of the lives
of the people affected by the shattered economy: A cab
driver whose wife threatens to leave him unless he stands
up for himself; A lab assistant is asked by his boss to spy
on an important chemist; A cabbie and his girl friend want
to marry, but he doesn’t make enough money to support
a family; A company spy is uncovered at the union meet-
ing; A doctor is fired due to the anti-Semitic policies of
his hospital, which also plans to close its charity ward.
Written by Clifford Odets and directed by Charlie Mount,
it runs September 3 through October 10 at Theatre West
in Los Angeles. For tickets call 323-851-7977 or visit

“Dracula” is a chilling tale about a bizarre illness

fallen upon the daughter of a doctor who owns a sanato-
rium in the early 1900s, and upon the advice of her fiancé, “Elizabeth Shakespeare And The Astute Detective”
calls in the help of a professor who is an expert in the a detective believes that The Earl of Oxford was the true
macabre - but their search for answers only leads them author of Shakespeare’s works, and so, via his computer,
deep into the terrors of the unthinkable. Dramatized by he conjures up The Bard and The Earl from their four
Hamilton Deane and John L. Baldeston, based on the nov- centuries’ demise. His sleuthing brings him into conflict
el by Bram Stoker, and directed by Shawn K. Summerer, it with Elizabeth Shakespeare, who is positive that William
runs September 10 through October 16 at the Westchester Shakespeare was the true author of the plays and sonnets.
As the detective tries to coax her to his point of view, she

Garces and directed by Alyson Roux, it runs September

la THEaTRE bEaT 17 through October 17 at the Art/Works Theater in

Hollywood. For tickets call 323-795-2215 or visit www.

“The Phantom of the Opera” traces the tragic

love story of a beautiful opera singer and a young
fights her attraction to him as it gets down to a duel of composer shamed by his physical appearance into a
wits about wills and Wills, (with a little romance along shadowy existence beneath the majestic Paris Opera
the way,) which brings them to a surprising conclusion. House. Written by Gaston Leroux, adapted by Andrew
Written by Alan Abraham Ross and directed by Chris Lloyd Webber and directed by Harold Prince, it runs
DeCarlo and Alan Abraham Ross, it runs September 11 September 23 through October 31 at the Pantages
through October 3 at the Santa Monica Playhouse in Theatre in Hollywood. For tickets call 800-982-2787 or
Santa Monica. For tickets call 310-394-9779 or visit visit
“State of the Union” a good-looking, charming,
hugely successful and influential businessman and cap-
tain of industry, would make a great candidate for na-
tional office, or so the Republican Party of 1946 thinks
as it gears up in advance for the 1948 election. The
movers and shakers of the G.O.P. want to groom him
to become the next President of the United States,
but there is a problem: He’s a man of principles and
integrity, except that the married prospective candidate
is being hotly pursued by an attractive newspaper pub-
lisher, while his wife has taken note of a gallant military
“Titus Redux” an adaptation of William officer. Written by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse,
Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus where a soldier, resolv- and directed by Anita Khanzadian, it runs September 24
ing to retire from a lifetime of killing on behalf of his through October 31 at the NoHo Arts Center in North
country, returns to his family after five tours of duty in Hollywood. For tickets call 877-369-9112 or visit www.
Afghanistan to bury his eldest son, but he quickly dis-
covers that the horrors of war follow him home. Written
“STILTZ! The Musical” is a tale about a young
and directed by John Farmanesh-Bocca, it runs through
woman who is willing to risk her life and losing the man
September 12 at The Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.
of her dreams in order to save the life of her bumbling
For tickets call 877-369-9112 or visit http://www.
father, as she is imprisoned in an office and expected,
to raise the funds to bail her father out of a bad busi-
“Ruined” is a powerful portrayal of the triumph of ness deal. Written by Paula Miller with music and lyrics
human spirit in a war-torn country. Guided by music and by Deborah Johnson and directed by Wayland Pickard
the rhythm of life in the Congo, it transports us to Mama and Doug Engalla, it runs September 24 through October
Nadi’s bar, a small town refuge where intimacy comes 17 at the Actors Forum Theatre in North Hollywood. For
at a price. But by creating this uneasy oasis for women tickets call 323-822-7898 or visit www.theatremania.
who have no place else to go, is Mama a protector or com.
profiteer? Written by Lynn Nottage and directed by Kate
“The Reckoning” a Louisiana crawfish farm owned
Whoriskey, it runs September 15 through October 17 at
by an affluent African-American family, was once a sugar
the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. For tickets call
plantation worked by slaves, and is filled with secrets
310-208-5454 or visit
and treacheries. As the family’s fiery but aging patriarch
“Don Giovanni Tonight, Don Carlo Tomorrow” prepares to hand over control of his estate to his de-
backstage at a regional opera house in the Midwest, voted yet defiant daughter, secrets long buried gradually
the chorus of Don Carlo await their moment in the come to light, and the resurgence of an age-old betrayal
spotlight as we watch them preen and pontificate, bicker will bring the family face-to-face with the family whose
and brag, dawdle and diss, and face the unpredictable long-held claims to the farm and bitter desperation have
reality of life in a post 9-11 America. Written by Dennis made them a dangerous force with which to be reck-
Miles and directed by Kiff Scholl, it runs September 17 oned. Written by Kimba Henderson and directed by Ben
through October 17 at the Sacred Fools Theater in Los Guillory, it runs September 25 through October 24 at the
Angeles. For tickets call 310-281-8337 or visit www. Los Angeles Theatre Center in Los Angeles. For tickets call 213-489-0994 or visit

“The Web” a young man suddenly finds himself

in a world of trouble when his identity is stolen and he
discovers that there is another man whose life events
and physical appearance very closely parallel his own,
so play hooky tonight, grab
with only slight variations. Suddenly, he finds himself pur-
sued by covert operatives, including sadistic bruisers with
the kids, text your mate,
guns, plus a femme fatale, as he learns that the other
man is connected with a Paraguayan drug ring smuggling
and meet up to see a show
massive quantities of cocaine. Written by Michael John
tonight - you won’t regret it!

Shaun Twiddy

New Talent
Aloha, meet 10-year-
old Shaun Twiddy
from Hawaii

He is an actor, model,
singer, ukulele player,
bowler and aspiring

By the first grade, he

had already gotten
a role as an extra on
“Lost.” Shaun was
very curious about
how television shows
are produced, and how
the cameramen and
Hair color: black director work.
Eye color: brown Shaun’s agent believes
Height: 4’ 6” Shaun will be the next
Ron Howard because
Weight: 62 lbs of this. He also likes
being in front of the
camera and meeting
Cell: (808) 368-7993 new friends.

email: (310) 836-2446 Beverly Hills (773) 973-1251 Chicago


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