Friday, March 27, 2015

'One Starry Night' Supports Cure For ALS

A Special Performance Dedicated to Conquering ALS
Monday, April 20, 2015, at 8:00 p.m.

Presented by the ALS Association - GoldenWest Chapter

Produced by Juliana Hansen, Melissa Verdugo, Jonathan White and Patrick McMinn

Music Direction and Orchestrations by Richard Allen

Directed by Bruce Kimmel

This star-studded event will feature (in alphabetical order) Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor Ed Asner, Micky Dolenz (“The Monkees”), Juliana Hansen (NBC’s “Grease, You're The One That I Want!”), Jean Louisa Kelly (“Mr. Holland's Opus”), Wendy Liebman (“The Aristocrats”), Kate Linder (CBS' "The Young and the Restless"), Kerry O'Malley (Broadway's Into The Woods), Timothy Omundson (ABC's “Galavant”), Reagan Pasternak (Disney Channel's "In A Heartbeat,"), Jonathan Pendragon (NBC's "World's Greatest Magician"), Jason Ritter (NBC's “Parenthood”), Richard Sherman (Academy Award-winning Composer Disney's “Mary Poppins”, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, “The Jungle Book”), Bruce Vilanch (Broadway's “ Hairspray”), Academy Award-winning actress Renee Zellweger, and more to be announced! 

Proceeds will provide funding for The ALS Association Golden West Chapter’s mission critical priorities in care services, public policy, and cutting-edge global research toward treatments and cure for ALS.

Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 818-865-8067. The Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Look Behind The Scenes Of Comedy 'Get Hard'

The Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell comedy, Get Hard, hits theaters nationwide this Friday, March 27. Take a sneak peek behind the scenes.

Djanai's Angels Host Special Needs Family Prom

A FUNdraising Event Supporting inCLUSION Clubhouse 
with Cast of "Ray Donovan"

March 25, 2015  - NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. --  Each year over 8,000 babies and infants are diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and almost a half a million children and adults in the US show at least one symptom of the condition. As Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month winds down, Djanai’s Angels will close out the month with their signature fundraising event- Special Needs Family Prom. The “Wizard of Oz” themed event will be held at the Le Foyer Ballroom located at 6730 Laurel Canyon Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday March 28, 2015. Unique and creative events such as this welcomes children and teens living with and without disabilities to have a shared experience in understanding the needs of individuals who have disabilities.

Hosted by actors Octavious Johnson and Kerris Dorsey, of Showtime’s hit series “Ray Donovan”, The Land of Oz will be brought to life as guests arrive on the yellow brick road carpet.  The whimsical fun continues in Munchkin Land with activities including pin the heart on the Tin Man and posing for prom photos. After lunch, guests will dance the afternoon away in the sparkling Emerald City to the tunes of our special needs disc jockey, DJ Kripple King plus be treated to a special performance by Kidz on the Playground.

"We are super excited about this year’s Special Needs Family Prom and the opportunity to raise funds for inClusion Clubhouse. My 17 yr old daughter, Djanai, who lives with Cerebral Palsy has picked out her dress and her dancing shoes and is ready to stroll on down the yellow brick road. It is going to be wheely awesome!” says Djanais Angels Founder Linda Hall.

Confirmed celebrity guests and their families include the cast of Ray Donovan- Liev Schrieber, Pooch Hall, Jon Voight, Dash Mihok, Devon Bagby, Kwame Patterson, Omar Dorsey, plus PJ Byne (Wolf of Wall Street, The GAME), Alimi Ballard (CSI, The Catch), Kellee Stewart (Hot Tub Time Machine, The Soul Man), Aaron D. Spears (Being Mary Jane), Paula Jai Parker(Hollywood Divas), Barry Floyd (THE GAME), Gabrielle Dennis (THE GAME), Nadine Ellis (Let's Stay Together), Dylan Minnette (Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day), Joshua Whitley and Harold Bell (Raising Whitley) and many more!

Tickets are $50/person, $25/child (5-17) and can be purchased online  This year’s event is sponsored by Kadane Foundation, Diva's Brunch LA, Haimoff Enterprises, StarMakers Costumes & Parties, LA Banquets, Anoush Catering, Classic Mobile Bartenders and Karen’s Jewel Bouquet.
For more information on Djanai’s Angels visit the website, or inClusion Clubhouse
About Djanai’s Angels
Djanai’s Angels specializes in creative event planning for all-inclusive and accessible events and bring adaptive products to those of different abilities. Our community events help to raise money and awareness for inClusion ClubHouse. We pride ourselves in the daily contribution to individuals and community well-being through our Angel Awareness Projects and Community Partnerships. For more info please visit  Follow @DjanaisAngels on Facebook, Twitter & InstaGram.

About inClusion ClubHouse
inClusion ClubHouse is a recreational center that consists of 5 key spaces that provide a safe, inclusive environment allowing children with developmental disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and Autism to learn and play alongside typical-abled children. It’s a place where the community learns to build bonds, learn compassion and patience, and together create a stronger more tolerant society.  It is also a place for families to connect with others going through similar experiences. Visit:    Follow us @inClusionClubHouse on Facebook & Instagram and @inClusionClubHs on Twitter.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Academy and MoMI Host 'Sound Of Music'


New York, NY - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) will host two special archival screenings in celebration of the  50th anniversary of the film “The Sound of Music “on Saturday, May 2 at Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, New York.

The Academy will screen a new 70mm print of the film from preservation work done by 20th Century Fox and the Academy Film Archive. The screenings will be introduced by Tom Santopietro, author of The Sound of Music Story, who will also be on hand to autograph copies of his new book.  In addition, “The Sound of Music” actress Marni Nixon (Sister Sophia) will be in attendance to participate in a post screening Q & A.

There will be two screenings of the film at 1:00PM and 5:30PM on Saturday, May 2. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $9 for museum members, and $9 for Academy members. MoMI is located at 36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, NY 11106.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Museum of the Moving Image.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Actor Ro Brooks Stars In 'Mysterious Ways'

Ro Brooks
(Los Angeles) --- Actor Ro Brooks has a lot going on! The TV show which he stars in OWN-Tyler Perry’s, The Haves and The Have Nots, will have its season finale on Tues., March 24. He’s currently starring in a National United States Marine Corps commercial, “The Land We Love” coupled with starring in the new film “Mysterious Ways” with Wendy Raquel Robinson (The Game) and Gary Dourban (Being Mary Jane). Mysterious Ways releases on April 21 and available on DVD everywhere.

Brooks can also be seen in; El Rey Network’s “Matador,” Toyota Avalon commercial with Idris Elba, and “Squatters,” a film with Richard Dreyfuss.

Fans can look forward to seeing Brooks in “The Congregation,” (Spring 2015).

 Viewers can remember on The Haves and The Have Nots, when Brooks (Michael) met Hanna (Crystal R. Fox) at the same Hospital Benny, Hanna’s son was in and learned that his six-year old granddaughter Lizzie had been hit and killed by the same person who hit Benny in an hit-and-run car accident.  Both experienced the pain of losing someone they held dear, even if momentarily and had understood what the other was going through.

Brooks has worked on numerous films, television shows and commercials including: Transformers Revenge of the Fallen and A Beautiful Soul.  Television shows include: FX’s Sons of Anarchy, Showtime’s Shameless, FOX’s Brooklyn Nine Nine and 24, CBS’s CSI New York, critically acclaimed HBO’s The Wire and many others.
Now an accomplished author, Brooks has written a book entitled How To Go From Extra To ACTOR: The aspiring actors guide to stardom.  His second edition updates and revises material in this pocket guide to success in the film and television industry.

With a music background, Brooks welcomed acting in music videos as the love interest of Syleena Johnson and Lil' Mo to working with such artist as, 50 Cent, JustinTimberlake, Lil’ Wayne, TI, Jill Scott, Young Jeezy, Ice Cube, Snoop Dog, Master P. and others.

“It continues to be an awesome experience working with Tyler Perry and the cast of THHNs,” said Brooks.  “Tyler is a great director, he's an actors director.  HAHNs has the best cast on TV right now.”

'Mission: Impossible' Advanced Tickets Released

HOLLYWOOD, CA (March 23, 2015) – Paramount Pictures today announced that tickets for the first showings of the highly anticipated film “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION” are unlocked with today’s trailer debut and on sale now – four months before the film’s theatrical release.

The advance tickets are available for Thursday, July 30th showings at 7 p.m. in IMAX® and premium large format theaters and 8 p.m. at additional participating locations nationwide. The tickets are available online at Fandango, and participating theater box offices.

Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24th through Friday, March 27th, fans purchasing advance tickets at Fandango and will receive a code for a free HD digital copy of any previous installment in the blockbuster “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE” franchise.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit
“MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION” reunites Tom Cruise with “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL” stars Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames. The film also stars Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris and Alec Baldwin.

Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions present a Tom Cruise / Bad Robot production. The film is directed by Christopher McQuarrie and produced by Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk. 

The executive producers are David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger of Skydance Productions and Jake Myers. Drew Pearce, Christopher McQuarrie, Will Staples, Laeta Kalogridis & Patrick Lussier and Dylan Kussman wrote the screenplay, based on the television series created by Bruce Geller.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Hardy Taps Mitzi Miller For Head Of Development

Think Like A Man Too Exec-Producer Rob Hardy 
Taps Miller for Newly Created Post to Develop Content for Film and Television

 Mitzi Miller

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 20, 2015) – Rob Hardy, CEO of Rainforest Entertainment, announced today that he has tapped Mitzi Miller to serve as Head of Development for the film, television and digital media production company. The new position was created for Miller who recently departed from Johnson Publishing Company where she spent three years as the editor-in-chief of Jet Magazine and the last ten months at the top position for Ebony Magazine. This year, Miller also celebrated the success of With This Ring, the Lifetime Original movie starring Regina Hall, Jill Scott and Eve, based on the 2006 bestseller The Vow: A Novel which she co-authored. Miller will be based in Los Angeles for the company.
“It is an incredible opportunity to work with Rob and the Rainforest team,” says Miller. “There is an increasing demand from viewers for diverse, authentic content and I’m excited to develop new stories that resonate with these audiences.”
In addition to a successful publishing career spanning over fourteen years, Miller is a public speaker and accomplished author. Her works over the past decade include The Vow: A NovelThe Angry Black Woman’s Guide to Life; and the three-title Hotlanta young adult series. Last year, she ranked #16 on The Root 100 an annual ranking of the most influential African-Americans in the country.

Rob Hardy
"Mitzi is a smart, creative and innovative thinker, who has amazing ideas and is in touch with what people want to see,” says Hardy, who recently directed an episode of “Empire,” television’s fastest growing new drama in more than a decade. "She will be a tremendous asset to Rainforest Entertainment, and we're ready to hit the ground running.”
Rainforest Entertainment is the latest company from NAACP-nominated television director and movie producer Rob Hardy after dissolving his hit-making company Rainforest Films with partner Will Packer. Rainforest Films spawned major box office films such as Think Like A Man, Takers and Stomp The Yard. Since recently serving as executive producer on the profitable No Good Deed for Sony Pictures, Hardy has also returned to television with directing stints on several hit shows including “The Flash,” “Power,” “Criminal Minds,” “Being Mary Jane,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Vampire Diaries” and more.
Rainforest Entertainment will focus on developing scripted and non-scripted content for film, television and digital platforms. ​