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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Dear Readers, Fall is here and we’ve got all of the details on the shows and events coming up this season! Anyone who watched this year’s Emmy Awards won’t be surprised to see so many winning productions and first-time recipients. For those who didn’t tune in: we’ve got you covered! Read on for more exclusive photos and interviews with upand-coming hopefuls. Frank Pinnock, creator and director of the fiery new hit series, “Sangre Negra” sits down with Hollywood Weekly to let us know what the deal is with the Santos family, and why all the bad blood? In our cover story, he explains the origins of the show and introduces us to major players including Antonio McKay, Erik Estrada and Eric Roberts. The cast of this story is as diverse as it gets, with plenty of classic throwbacks to the glory days of Soap Operas from the past. We are excited to reveal there is another batch of episodes heating up! Tommie “Tomel” Griggs, Jr. wants all of you parents to wake up on what is potentially happening “Behind Locked Doors: How Well Do You Know Your Child?” He shares the synopsis for his stage play, television show and film, which he declares are all part of a campaign to raise awareness. Author and novelist, Natalie Banks gives our readers a few hints as to what North Carolina elements helped inspire her latest novel, “The Canary’s Song” — a romantic, cautionary tale with a message. William Taylor Burton shares some meaningful advice for marketing yourself in Hollywood and makes a statement: he’s back without missing a beat! NOW: News of the World and Hollywood Weekly Magazine are partnering to bring you Hollywood Weekly TV on Spectrum Cable LA and beyond! Stay tuned for all of this amazing entertainment coming soon... Follow us online to keep up with the latest news!

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The Origins of SANGRE NEGRA

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Hollywood Weekly: Your project 'Sangre Negra' literally translates to Black Blood. What does this story mean to you and how did it come about? Frank Pinnock: Sangre Negra originated with me and my partner Antonio McKay. He plays the lead actor, the lead bad guy in the show...the antagonist if you may. We came together on this project after a series of frustrating attempts to produce an independent film written by Antonio. After numerous attempts at acquiring funding we made the decision to embark upon something new as artists, we felt our creative lives were stagnated. So, we got together on a summer afternoon in 2013 and had a 'pow wow' at local Coffee Bean. After that conversation we came up with the idea for this project. We wanted to do a project that reflects various conflicts while still being entertaining. The original plan was to do a web-series which was very popular at the time. The idea was to do it quickly mainly to get something going. Unlike like most writers in Hollywood, Antonio is a fast writer. He is able to create, write and revise the material at a very fast pace. In our conversation at the Coffee Bean I asked Antonio, what was is favorite television show of all time? he replied, “Dallas”, The original “Dallas”.' Not the reboot. I told him mine was the 'The Sopranos”.' And although there's many other television shows that I enjoyed over the years, I can always turn on “The Sopranos” anytime of the day or night and watch it over and over. This very casual conversation turned out to be the basis of how “Sangre Negra” was born. What if we fused the idea of “Dallas” with “The Sopranos”? The main thing we came up with, whatever happens, there will be a lot of conflict and drama at every turn. That was just fine with us, next thing was, who do we get to act in this show? Obviously, Antonio...and the other two actors that we had in mind were also of Latin descent. Antonio is part Jamaican and part Colombian. He's black in his appearance

Our approach to life plays a part in the writing of the show in that we take chances

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and with that the concept of the show actually started to take shape. If we make the show revolve around a Latin family, with three sons but one is a step brother (half Black and half Latin) and make him the bad seed so to speak and have Antonio play the role, with his physical appearance being darker than the other two brothers well there is our conflict. The conversation and concept lasted approximately 25 minutes at the end of it we were pumped. We kept brainstorming a little longer and in doing so we came up with a title. Since Antonio was going to be the antagonist, the translation for Black in Spanish is 'Negro' or 'Negra' and since the majority of the conflict was going to center around Antonio (the black son) the blood of the bad son is what causes all the conflict. We also thought about blood being a part of the title, the translation for Blood in Spanish is Sangre… Walla! And so that's how the name Sangre Negra, Thus the birth of “Sangre Negra”. HW: Amazon is the main platform you guys stream from...how did you secure this platform as a distributor? FP: Well as you know, Amazon is taking over the world in addition it is probably the only streaming platform in which you can do self-distribution. That is very important to us, because we want to own our show outright and also be in charge of the creative aspects. As a business model, we want to be able to decide how we go about delivering the content to the public while still making sure we have creative control. So, with Amazon HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY • 7


L-R: Sebastien Large as XXX, Robert Miano as Vinny Sabatini, Antonio McKay as Ricky Santos, Billy Smith as "Ike" and Michael Goyenesche as "Smiley"

being a self-distribution platform (but we are not limited to), it gives us a lot of power and control of overseeing the content. In addition, Amazon is not only a distribution platform but it serves as a marketing tool for the show in bringing awareness to it while capitalizing on the global reach of Amazon. HW: This is a very dramatic series with elements of horror once you get into the more criminal aspects. Do you enjoy suspense? FP: I enjoy all facets of film making. But if I had to pick a favorite, yeah, dramatic stuff because of the sheer nature of what goes on in my everyday life, it seems fitting and it also appeals to me, however I do love action and comedy. I believe that life itself is a novella, or soap opera if you may. My favorite movie of all time is 'The Godfather.' A movie which has pretty much helped to shape and influence my filmmaking career. When you watch this show (Sangre Negra) you will see elements of The Godfather written all over it. There were similar elements from The Godfather also present in The Sopranos. I enjoy that style of filmmaking, compelling while still keeping the artistic and creative elements prominent. HW: How does the series differ from other telenovelas? FP: This series, it differs because we don't necessar8 • HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY

ily follow a formula. I find that many series follow a formula and after a while the outcome is predictable. We actually make a conscious effort to make the show compelling while still being able to keep entertaining. We don't take ourselves too serious as creators which lends itself to some of the witty dialogue. The ability to create the show and make creative decision such as writing choices is one of the perks of being an independently created series. We know that if we were to go onto a network, a network would dictate the ways of doing a traditional series. We are definitely not cookie-cutter, when you watch Sangre Negra it takes on more of the style of a Feature Film which is by design. Another point, we are probably the most diverse television series currently streaming on Amazon or on any other television network or platform around the world. Literally, we include every ethnicity in this series. HW: With the character Ricky Santos and the Santos family, how did you feel this would be a way to reflect current issues affecting the diverse and Latin American population? FP: At the core of what America is about, we brag and we boast and we talk about the land of the free and home of the brave. We would like to believe everyone has an equal opportunity but it is more difficult for some than it is for others. We at Sangre Negra would like to play a part in this ongoing social issue by not just talking


about it but also doing something about it through the medium of television. We want to educate and empower all people first and foremost but definitely minorities if you may while still entertaining. The show’s diversity and multi-ethnic make up is a replica of what America is about, So it’s only fitting for us represent that on television which is arguably the strongest and most powerful medium in the world. HW: Oscar de la Hoya recently announced he intends to run for president. How likely is this to happen and do you have any thoughts? FP: With the current political climate...if we as a nation have learned one thing since these past elections, it is

We are not a cookie-cutter series. When you watch each episode it makes you feel like you are watching a feature film that anybody can become president. This past election has proven to us that if you have a platform, generate enough attention and stay consistent with it, you have a chance. The last two presidents you can say that they've been minorities. The current president was a reality TV show host, who would have thought... He wasn't a senator, he wasn't a congressman, just an entertainer. He ran for president and won! Before him it was an African American, which a lot of African Americans didn't think they'd live to see. Not only did he win, he had two terms, with that said, I think Oscar De la Hoya has as good a chance as anyone. The president of the United States may not have to be the smartest person but having a cabinet around him that is smart and knowledgeable.

HW: Ricky Santos is quite the pretty-faced criminal. Was it important to give him a lavish look? Is this his armor and how would you describe him? FP: His character is everything in line with what we, as the creators, stand for. I go against the grain. The popular decision would be to get a tough looking guy but casting Antonio to play a bad boy, or pretty-faced gangster was far more interesting to me because now we are forced to be creative because it’s not popular and that makes it all the more exciting. There was John Gotti, Bugsy Siegel and Al Capone very notable characters with flashy personalities in the gangster world. The difference with Ricky Santos, you don't fear him on sight as reflected in a scene from the pilot episode but it’s finding out about him that can be scary. You'll see how he executes and engages in business. He isn't the run of the mill gangster. He possesses many ways of getting rid of his opponents. HW: Eric Roberts was in The Last Mafia Marriage and other influential material. Was it important to have an actor such as him attached to this project? FP: Yes. First of all, Eric Roberts in my opinion is one of the best actors in Hollywood. Second of all, it is

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phone or send an email to a manager or agent and wait for a response. That's where you start and the rest is really up to you. It's all in how you pitch your project. That's pretty much what we did. We pitched our idea to their representative, negotiated and got them what they requested. Nothing mysterious. Gabrielle as Rebecca

important for a name-recognized person to be in the show in order to take it further, to add notoriety for the project. Eric plays Robert the person who adopts Ricky Santos and takes him under his wings. There will be other names that will be gracing the screen in this television show that is for sure. HW: Antonio McKay, Erik Estrada, Eric Roberts... these are big names. How did you pitch them this project? FP: You know, Hollywood is a lot of smoke and mirrors. There are things we look at from the outside as regular civilian and it appears inconceivable, mainly because most people are not aware of how or what goes on behind the business scenes. With IMDB Pro, (imdbpro.com) the official movie database, you can search and find the agent or manager for just about any actor in Hollywood. If you want to make an offer to a particular actor, or actresses, you simply pick up the

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HW: How can Hollywood provide better roles and material for Latinos and minorities? FP: Hollywood can definitely provide better roles and better stories for minorities by simply paying attention to minority issues and keeping an open mind. Let me define what I mean by that...when we say Hollywood, we immediately think of the big studios. One example let's take this scenario, USC, a great film school located in the heart of Urban America, South Central Los Angeles to be exact or close enough. I'm quite sure students and professors who attend USC have minimum to no contact with the surrounding neighborhood. Of course, one of the primary reasoning for that is profiling." Minorities for the most part cannot afford attend a prestigious college such as USC, unless you're on a basketball or football scholarship cannot afford to attend USC. When Warner Bros and other big studios come calling or looking for interns or next young director they most likely will not get minorities to fill those spots, so consequentially minorities will most likely not getting jobs as writers or directors. So how can they share their stories will the public at large let alone make it possible to cast minority actors in those roles. The chance of Hollywood getting minority stories that matters on a consistent basis will not happened by just hiring students from affluent backgrounds and grouping them in a room to come up with ideas for new television programming Feature films for that matter which would explain the large influx of remakes and comic book projects. HW: What are some of your favorite telenovelas or soap operas? FP: In the past, I have watched some telenovelas, I was usually intrigued at how popular they were with Latin and to some degree American audiences. As for American Soap Operas, I grew up watching popular Daytime Soaps such as “All My Children”, “General Hospital”, “One Life to Live” and of course, the nighttime soaps were very big when I was growing


up: "Dynasty", "Dallas", "Knots Landing"...those were some of my favorites...must watch TV back in those days. At the end of the day, life itself is a soap opera. You get to know someone's family and you dissect it, it is a telenovela. HW: How is the dynamic between the Italian and Latin families relevant to issues you wanted to address today? FP: We have our news and our historical facts in the Latin community. From the entertainment business we have learned about names such as El Chapo, Pablo Escobar, whether it is good or bad people are fascinated by it. Italian movies which deal with mafia lifestyle are fascinating to American and Worldwide Audiences. Our approach was to address the similarities and in some case differences between the two cultures without veering away from entertaining. However, we also want to reflect that both cultures interact with every other ethnicity in the American spectrum, also on occasion we will touch on real life subject matters that are relevant in our everyday world. HW: Do you intend to ever shoot in Jamaica? FP: Yes, both me and my partner are of Jamaican ancestry. As the show evolves it will be a destination on our radar to film. We also have other cities and states of interest to film such as New York, where there is a big Jamaican population, Las Vegas, Miami, parts of Texas, New Orleans, Atlanta and Chicago. We fully plan on venturing outside of Los Angeles to other cities as a way of making Sangre Negra as compelling and interesting as possible. People like to see their cities on television shows. HW: Let us know where our readers can find you online and your final thoughts. FP: One of life thoughts is also a final thought, please don’t ever limit yourself. Yes, the experience that I’ve acquired so far in the entertainment industry has been a blessed one up to this point, but it comes with hard work and some luck, you must be relentless, as an independent filmmaker and a filmmaker period...if you have an idea, just know that you can make it real, stay consistent and persistent and good things will happen. Don’t start something if you are not serious about finishing it and whatever happens, never give up. Anything is at-

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Many series are formulated. We make a conscious effort to go outside the box to make the show compelling while keeping it entertaining

tainable, I am a sole believer that the energy that you create on the inside will help you in the outside world. The television series has a website - www. SangreNegraTheSeries.com where you can find out more about the show there. As for myself, you can find me on IMDB.com feel free to reach out and talk to me. I'm always willing to collaborate with up and coming filmmakers.  

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"Pick up the sound and kick into gear as soon as you plug them in!" How many times have you had to pick up an extra charger, pair of headphones, earbud covers, or hardware for items that guaranteed a long livelihood? Way too often. Even more frustrating is the inconvenience of having to pick these products up at the store after visiting several different locations which don't even carry them. With PAMU SCROLL you won't miss a beat! Order online and they'll arrive in the mail directly and ready for you to enjoy. During its early investment stages of a recently launched crowdfunding campaign, it was discovered that the initial goal was exceeded ten-fold and beyond with more than 5,000 backers providing more than $250,000 in support to launch this product. The numbers speak for themselves and the longevity of these amazing earbuds have proven their worth. When I opened the packaging, I was quite surprised. It was much more chic than a few well-reviewed Apple products I have unboxed. More than the appearance was the sound quality...booming! A fully-charged cradle for the earbuds at first looked like a lipstick case. That shows you how versatile the product is, itself. It fits right into your purse or fannypack and is small enough to carry with you to the gym as well. Have your bluetooth turned on and pop them right in! You can create your own vibe or mix and match. Pick up a few pairs for friends and family for the holidays. Remember to get at least one set for yourself! Pamu Scroll Wireless Headset & Speakers Photo By Fal Adams

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nown as a series regular on HBO's “The Leftovers,” actress/ producer Annie Q. has appeared on the comedy/drama “Alex Strangelove,” the horror/mystery/ thriller “10,” the comedy/drama “Trouble,” and the romance/comedy “Rewrite.” She has also appeared on “Girls,” “Elementary,” “Blue Bloods,” and “Law and Order: SVU.” On stage, Annie starred in the Signature Theatre revival of David Henry Hwang’s “Golden Child.” Born and raised in NYC, Annie studied drama at the LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts. She currently studies finance and film at NYU’s Stern-Tisch School of the Arts. In the semi-autobiographical 80s crime drama written and directed by Angie Wang, Annie is Angie, a drug queen at a private college whose life quickly spirals out of control. Hollywood Weekly: When did you first realize you wanted to pursue an acting career? Annie Q: I watched Alfonso Cuarón’s “A Little Princess” when I was a kid. I was really shy but that movie is everything I love about storytelling and I knew that was what I wanted to do. I auditioned for LaGuardia High School Performing Arts when I was 13 but I didn’t get in. I didn’t know anything about acting at that point. I didn’t know that words like soliloquy and monologue were actually synonyms. So I tried again the following year and I got in. I’ve been fortunate enough to work in film, TV, and theater ever since.

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HW: What drew you to the role of Angie in “MDMA”? Annie: I’m always interested in following characters whose experience is different from my own. I felt the role of Angie pushed boundaries in a way that was unlike any other characters I’d played over the years. So I think it was the prospect of challenging myself as an actor.

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HW: Did you audition for the role? If so, what was that like? Annie: I was wrapping up season one of HBO’s “Leftovers” in New York. And I was heading into a film called “Fan Girl” right after. So I read the script for “MDMA,” which was very different from the other work I was doing at that time. I sent in a tape but I was afraid my commitments at the time would get in the way of my interest in the film. So I decided to send the director an email, which started a correspondence that led to the journey that brought the character of Angie to life. HW: Many actors have a love-hate relationship with auditions. Annie: I love them. I think they’re a great way to get a feel for the character. Every character is kind of new so it’s nice to try one on for yourself and see if there’s a fit and what you can bring to the character. HW: What did you draw from to create such a convincing real-life portrait of a college drug queen? Annie: I got to meet Angie (Wang) before

we started shooting. Obviously, the role incorporates aspects of who she actually was in the 1980s. I did a lot of research on the ‘80s in general. I was also influenced by other actresses—like Angelina Jolie in “Girl Interrupted.” So there’s some truth but there’s also some fiction. People just have to see the film to decide for themselves. HW: Angie’s character is impossibly complex, morphing from sweet, caring college freshman to over-sexed drug dealer. Was it difficult to keep these two characters separate? Annie: I think there are layers within the same character. It was challenging because the film went to dark places. And that can be emotionally and physically draining. HW: How are you like Angie and how are you different? Annie: This character succumbs to her demons throughout the film. She fails time and again to fight them off. And I don’t think it’s ‘till the end of the film that she comes

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to terms with the fact that she’s gone too far. But she actually still wants better for herself. I think we’ve all dealt with self-destructive thoughts, insecurities, and doubts of our own. But what counts at the end of the day are the actions you take despite those feelings. I would choose differently, but then again, I’m just the actor. HW: What scene did you enjoy the most? Annie: My personal favorite scene was exchanging Christmas gifts with the very funny and gifted Scotty (Scott Keiji Takeda) who played Tommy in the film. The scene was shot on the very first day of filming. More importantly, it was the first holiday gift my character had ever gotten in her life. It was a lovely bit of warmth in a film that goes really dark.

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Annie: Good question. I would say: Don’t give up.

HW: The chemistry between you and Francesca was amazing to watch. Had you worked with her before? Annie: I’d never worked with Francesca. But we worked with each other to make our characters authentic. I find that that friendship is one of the more layered pieces in the film. It has to represent this kind of sisterhood but also a relationship that’s really toxic and unhealthy at times. On the surface, they’re both in on a joke that no one else understands. But beyond that, they’re both deeply troubled and I think it’s their vices and their painful memories that draw them together. They’re both very self-destructive but in very different ways. In each other’s presence, they kind of turn a blind eye to that mutual self-destruction and that’s the underbelly and hidden layer of their friendship. But it’s not until the end of the film that they finally come to terms that they’re both too far gone. They need to get their lives back on track and they want better for each other. And that’s when they support each other. So Francesca and I worked really hard to capture the truthfulness in all those things.

“I think we’ve all dealt with self-destructive thoughts, insecurities, and doubts. But what counts are the actions you take despite those feelings.”

HW: What scene did you find most challenging? Annie: I actually found the entire film to be challenging. But one of the funnier challenges was putting in hair extensions every morning because I had such short hair at the time. I’d just finished doing a film and “Leftovers,” and my hair was short for both of those. I was always worried about pulling out my hairpiece. It was kind of a first-hand experience in ’80s problems—things I’d never experienced. HW: There are a number of messages in “MDMA.” What do you see as the film’s core message?

HW: What’s next for you? Annie: You can catch me as Sophie Hicks in a film called “Alex Strangelove” currently on Netflix. It’s kind of “Love Simon” meets “Superbad.” It’s a strange, lovely story with some bite and some heart. I’m also guesting on Season 4 of NBC’s “Blindspot.”

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s a Hollywood journalist, I’ve attended a lot of awards ceremonies and seen a lot of amazing things in the celebrity world, but I’ve never seen an awards show that served as the showcase for a marriage proposal, like the 70th annual Emmy Awards broadcast at the Microsoft Theater did on Monday night. But there it was. In one of the shining moments of the NBC broadcast. The director of the Oscars live show, Glen Weiss, while accepting his award for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special, addressed his partner in his speech. He started by paying tribute to his mother, who, he said, had passed away two weeks ago. “Mom always believed in finding the sunshine in things, and she adored my girlfriend, Jan,” Weiss said. He was referring to Jan Svendsen and added “You wonder why I don’t like to call you my girlfriend? Because I want to call you my wife.” Svendsen’s jaw dropped, as did the jaws of most of the audience, and she said yes before Weiss had even popped the question. Once she arrived onstage, to full audience standing ovation, Weisstold her, “This is the ring that my dad put on my mom’s finger 67 years ago.”

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He knelt and said, “Will you marry me?” She, of course, said yes a second time, and the couple walked offstage with his Emmy and the hearts of all those in attendance. As for the actual awards ceremonies themselves, things kicked off with somewhat topical musical number, addressing the issue of diversity in television with a song called “We Solved It. Considering the nominee list for 2018 was “the most diverse in history,” the performers, including Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, Sterling K. Brown, and Kristen Bell, felt that enough progress had been made on the diversity issue to have some playful fun with the topic. With Netflix the heavily nominated elephant in the room there were also references to its ascension in the TV medium. “Netflix will spend $8 billion on programming. They now have 700 original series, which makes me realize that the show I pitched them must have really sucked,” cohost Colin Jost said. “It’s like being turned down for a CVS rewards card.” The Emmy Awards are often criticized for being predictable, and with this year’s ceremony, there were some expected winners and also a good number of unexpected winners to keep things interesting and show the changes that are constantly occurring in the television industry.

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“This wasn’t supposed to happen,” said Claire Foy, lead actress in a drama winner for “The Crown,” during her speech, commenting on one of the evening’s surprise wins. With Foy winning, and not Elisabeth Moss (for “The Handmaid’s Tale”) or Sandra Oh (for “Killing Eve”) the Emmys show that the presumptive favorite isn’t always a sure thing with voters. One show that ended having a very disappointing night was “Atlanta.” Nominated for 16 Emmys, the most of any comedy series, the second-year FX program came away empty-handed Monday night, losing early and then often to Amazon Studios’ “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Early handicappers predicted that “Atlanta” would win the award for best comedy series prize, but Amy Sherman-Palladino’s “Mrs. Maisel,” took the top prize for comedy, and also took home seven other Emmys this year, including prizes for lead actress Rachel Brosnahan, supporting actress Alex Borstein, and writing and directing honors for Sherman-Palladino. Many Hollywood prognosticators also had Donald Glover repeating for best lead actor in a comedy, but it’s hard to argue with Bill Hader winning that Emmy for “Barry,” deftly playing “Barry’s” morally conflicted hit man and aspiring actor. Hader’s cast mate Henry Winkler, finally earned his first Emmy, for supporting actor, and was the awards’

Henry Winkler Accepts Emmy For Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series For "Barry"


least surprising win and, guessing from the standing ovation he received, one of the night’s crowd favorites. Winkler was probably the most excited winner on Monday night. More than 40 years after his first Emmy nomination, he finally got the winning call and the statuette. “Oh, my god. Oh, my god. Oh, my god!” said the elated Winkler, now 72, leaping onto the stage to accept his award for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series, bringing the audience to its feet. He played Gene Cousineau on HBO’s dark comedy “Barry.” “I wrote this 43 years ago,” he said of his acceptance speech. Winkler was first nominated in 1976 for his role as Arthur Fonzarelli, who personified teen cool in a black leather jacket on “Happy Days.” “I can’t stop yet,” Winkler said as his time wound down. “My wife, Stacey, oh, my god. My cast and crew, and the kids! Kids! Jed, Zoe and Max, you can go to bed now! Daddy won!” As far as dramas were concerned, “Game of Thrones” had piled up the most nominations this year, so its series victory, on the heels of so many other Emmy wins over the series run, was one of the more predictable wins of the night. Some television enthu-

Peter Dinklage Accepts Emmy For Best Supporting Actor In A Drama Series For "Game Of Thrones S8"

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siasts saw this as a lost opportunity to send out “The Americans” at the top of its game, in addition to the Emmys won by the show’s star Matthew Rhys and writers Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg. Other prognosticators had “The Handmaid’s Tale” in the running for the top drama award, after for a solid second season that explored the moral decay of its near-future dystopia. There have now been 70 Emmy Awards ceremonies. As they celebrated those decades throughout this year’s telecast, with jokes like, “Things were very different back in 1949, when the awards launched, gas was 17 cents a gallon, and a new home cost $7,000.” Certainly over the course of those 70 years, the Academy has had some high and low points, celebrating the best that television has to offer in an era when the smaller screen now is just as prestigious an entertainment medium as the Big Screen. Over all this time we’re reminded that “The Wire” never won an Emmy, for example, nor did “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Breezy lightweight sitcoms like “Two and a Half Men” won nine of them. As we’ve learned over time, you can’t account for voter’s tastes sometimes. Through the entire 3-hour broadcast hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che bantered about Emmys trivia and Hollywood’s racial disparities, some of which were on

Joel Fields & Joe Weisberg Accept Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for "The Americans"

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Our network NBC has the most nominations of any broadcast network.... Which is kind of like being the sexiest person on life support. 2018 70th Emmy Host Colin Jost & Michael Che

Alex Borstein Accepts Emmy For Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story - Season 2 Wins Outstanding Limited Series Accepted By Ryan Murphy

Regina King Accepts Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie For Seven Seconds

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the money, and some of which fell awkwardly flat. Even a short video in which Che gave “Reparations Emmys” to black performers snubbed in decades past, didn’t work as effectively as it could have. “Our network NBC has the most nominations of any broadcast network,” Mr. Che said at one point. “Which is kind of like being the sexiest person on life support.” Right now, Hollywood is struggling with new technologies, with Netflix now becoming a dominant force, and dealing with social issues, diversity and the #MeToo movement. But no matter how many jokes you write making fun of the industry, its important to remember that this is still a medium that serves up entertainment, and many of the very high quality shows are now being produced by networks elevate the quality of entertainment we’re getting in what is maybe the best era ever for television programming. No longer the unattractive stepchild to feature films, television can hold its own with the best big screen programming and major actors no longer consider it s step down in taking a leading TV acting role.

List of Emmy Nominees and Winners

Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series Louie Anderson," Baskets" Alec Baldwin, "Saturday Night Live" Tituss Burgess, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" Brian Tyree Henry, "Atlanta" Tony Shalhoub, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" Kenan Thompson, "Saturday Night Live" Henry Winkler, "Barry" *WINNER Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series Zazie Beetz, "Atlanta" Alex Borstein, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" *WINNER Aidy Bryant, "Saturday Night Live" Betty Gilpin, "GLOW" Leslie Jones, "Saturday Night Live" Kate McKinnon, "Saturday Night Live" Laurie Metcalf, "Roseanne" Megan Mullally, "Will & Grace" Outstanding lead actor in a limited series or TV movie Antonio Banderas, "Genius: Picasso" Darren Criss, "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" *WINNER Benedict Cumberbatch, "Patrick Melrose"

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Jeff Daniels, "The Looming Tower" John Legend, "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert" Jesse Plemons, "USS Callister (Black Mirror)" Outstanding lead actress in a limited series or TV movie Jessica Biel, "The Sinner" Laura Dern, "The Tale" Michelle Dockery, "Godless" Edie Falco, "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders" Regina King, "Seven Seconds" *WINNER Sarah Paulson, "American Horror Story: Cult" Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series Anthony Anderson, "Black-ish" Ted Danson, "The Good Place" Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" Donald Glover, "Atlanta" Bill Hader, "Barry" *WINNER William H. Macy, "Shameless" Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series Pamela Adlon, "Better Things" Rachel Brosnahan, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" *WINNER Allison Janney, "Mom" Issa Rae, "Insecure" Tracee Ellis Ross, "Black-ish" Lily Tomlin, "Grace and Frankie" Outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or movie Sara Bareilles, "Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert" Penelope Cruz, "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" Judith Light, "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" Adina Porter, "American Horror Story: Cult" Merritt Wever, "Godless" *WINNER Letitia Wright," Black Mirror (Black Museum)" For A Full List Visit WWW.EMMYS.COM Brandon Victor Dixon," Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert" John Leguizamo, "Waco" Ricky Martin, "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story" HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY • 23


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TV | Madam Secretary

"Night Watch" -- Elizabeth (Téa Leoni) and cabinet members brace for the fallout “Uncanny Valley of the Dolls” -- Holmes and Watson discover that the murder of a robotat home and abroad as President Dalton (Keith Carradine) prepares for a retaliaics engineer may be connected to his groundbreaking secret research in the area of real-life tory nuclear attack on a country that has reportedly just launched missiles bound teleportation. Also, when Detective Bell is shut out of a required class he needs in order to for the U.S on MADAM SECRETARY, Sunday, May 20 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) on complete his master’s degree and join the U.S. Marshal Service, he is shocked to discover the the CBS Television Network. Pictured (L-R) Tim Daly as Henry, Evan Roe as Jason course instructor has personal reasons for denying him access, on ELEMENTARY, Monday, McCord and Wallis Currie-Wood as Stephanie "Stevie" McCord, Photo: Jeff NeuAugust 13 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured Jon Michael mann/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved Hill as Detective Marcus Bell JEFF NEIRA/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Spotlight

TV | MacGyver

TV | NCIS

"Destiny's Child" - One month after Director Vance was kidnapped, Gibbs is assigned the role of Acting Director in his absence while the team searches worldwide for his whereabouts, on the 16th season premiere of NCIS, Tuesday, Sept. 25 (8:00-9:00, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Lauren September, Wilmer Valderrama, Sean Murray Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved TV |Seal Team

Fracture" -- Jason and Bravo Team head to the Gulf of Guinea to rescue American hostages after an oil platform is overtaken by armed militants, on the second season premiere of SEAL TEAM, Wednesday, Oct. 3 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Max Thieriot as Clay Spenser. Photo: Cliff Lipson/ CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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TV |Swat

TV | Criminal MInds

"300" -- When Reid and Garcia are abducted by Benjamin Merva (Michael Hogan), it's up to the rest of the team to find them. The BAU finds surprising clues in their own history to solve why the two heroes have been targeted by a mass murderer. It's a race to save them before a "Believers" prophecy is fulfilled, on the 14th season premiere of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 3 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Paget Brewster (Emily Prentiss) Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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"Shaky Town" -- The SWAT team engages in a standoff with human traffickers holding child hostages when a major earthquake hits Los Angeles during their operation and compromises the takedown. Also, while Hondo forms an unexpected personal connection with Deputy District Attorney Nia Wells (Nikiva Dionne), Jim Street has trouble adjusting to his new life as a patrol officer, on the second season premiere of S.W.A.T., Thursday, Sept. 27 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Shemar Moore as Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson. Photo: Bill Inoshita/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved TV | Blue Bloods

"Playing with Fire" - Danny takes on a personal case involving a drug cartel member, Louis Delgado (Lou Diamond Phillips), who Danny believes is responsible for torching his house, and Erin (Bridget Moynahan, left) is given a promotion in the DA's office but finds herself in a challenging situation when both Danny and Jamie ask her for help with their investigations. The ninth season premiere of BLUE BLOODS, Friday, Sept. 28 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Aasif Mandvi (right) guest stars as Samar "Sam" Chatwal, Erin's co-worker who has his eye on the open DA seat. Credit: Jojo Whilden/CBS Copyright 2018 The CBS Television Network.


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TV | Hawaii Five-0

"Ka ʻōwiliʻōkaʻi (Cocoon)" After Steve's CIA agent friend is killed, McGarrett lets himself be captured by the group he thinks is responsible and endures a torturous sensory deprivation tank to find the killer. Also, Tani wrestles with whether or not she will tell McGarrett about the murder weapon she found at Adam's house, on the ninth season premiere of HAWAII FIVE-0, Friday, Sept. 28 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Alex O'Loughlin as Steve McGarrett. Photo: Screengrab/CBS (Ka ʻōwiliʻōkaʻiÓ is Hawaiian for Cocoon) TV | Mom

"Pre-Washed Lettuce and a Mime" - Christy has second thoughts about law school after a tough first day, and Bonnie is plagued by an upsetting dream, on the sixth season premiere of MOM, Thursday, Sept. 27 (9:019:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L to R: Allison Janney as Bonnie, Anna faris as Christy, and William Fichtner as Adam. Photo: Robert Voets/CBS©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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We Got You Media: On The Frontline of Entertainment By Prather Jackson

If you haven’t heard of We Got You Media, you have now. Based out of Los Angeles, California and with locations in China and Germany, this up and coming media-focused company has been making a big splash. When We Got You media first formed, it started as a non-profit organization with the mission of helping those who have been injured with traumatic concequences. We Got You Media aimed to provide rehab, support, and funding for patients who could not afford the health care being provided. Since then, many doors have opened for the motivated company and which has created its own a unique path. They currently produce content in ten foreign languages, broadcast on all major social media networks and have also partnered up with “Now News of the World”, a satellite channel distributing content to all ma28 • HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY

jor lying areas aross the world. More recently, We Got You Media has been favored by a new artificial intelligence broadcast media platform called 0-5Media as well as having worked with companies such as National Geographic, entered the Guinness Book of World Records with ITAP, Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Make-a-Wish foundation, "The Voice" producing company CMPR, and many more. We Got You Media was founded by CEO/ Producer, Marina Kufa. A SAG-AFTRA actress and international media Journalist, Marina is described as an abundantly warming and charismatic human. With her devoted 15 years of experience in the media/entertainment industry, Marina has helped broaden the horizon of being the voice and drive of global humanitarianism through her talent. Marina’s belt is


starting to get some shine. She has produced several documentaries accompanied by National Geographic, as well as hosted a handful of major red carpet events for multiple occasions including celebrity all-star games, boxing matches, the Make A Wish foundation, the George Lopez Foundation, and more. Recently, Marina and her team has been in works with Sony Pictures Entertainment and was invited to interview and be apart of the dvd release for the movie "Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado." Furthermore, Marina is currently working on multiple projects a film titled “The Mansfield Killing”, directed by Mariya Pyter. Publicist Scott Lund, originally approached Marina with his own feature film documentary "The Mona Lisa Code" which presents entirely new and unprecedented discoveries about Leonardo Da Vinci. In addition to working with We Got You Media with project development, Lund will be a content provider with his own historical series for the launch of the We Got You Media broadcast app through developer 0-5Media. Photos courtesy:Bob Delgadillo

Leading We Got You Media’s international team and Red Carpet Host is Victor Migalchan. Victor has graduated Diplomatic Academy and is a very succesfull businessman who openned up a bridge between Hollywood and China launching his new company Ling Ying in Shanghai in cooperation with We Got You Media in September 2018. Victor starred in action films, worked as a fight choreographer, produced several international US-China projects, worked with TV Channels in China, hosted red carpet events for multiple occasions including Harold and Carole Pump Foundation Gala, and more. “It is truly a great pleasure to not only be able to accomplish our own dreams, goals and plans, but to be able to help others and create opportunities for them. We have 3 main pillars of our business model, Marina is a super strong professional in Hollywood, Jane Sun is great specialist and leader in China and I, myself, am the bridge between the East and the West.” says Migalchan. Victor, a European native who at the age of four was really intrigued by the Chinese language and culture, is the leader of all business done overseas as well as participates and oversees any interaction done by We Got You Media in America.

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Artist Highlight

Tetona Jackson

Making the Moves From “All Night” to “All Styles” By Alex A. Kecskes

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ctress, recording artist and professional ice skater, Tetona Jackson is finding her moment in the spotlight. Known for her starring role as Cassie in the teen drama “All Night,” Jackson’s openly gay character was covered by LA Times, Bello Mag, Digital Journal, Cheddar TV and the Brett Davern show. Jackson is also known for her appearances in the feature “Maximum Ride” based on the fantasy novel series, “Save Me From Love, Stolen From Suburbia, Dear Diary I Died.” She will also be in the upcoming horror film “Severed Road.” Inspired by her parents, Jackson pursued a career in entertainment when she was very young. Besides acting, she has recorded music and has ice-skated professionally. Her skills on the ice led to a role as the first Princess Tiana on the show “Disney on Ice.” In the teen dance drama “All Styles” alongside “Glee’s” Heather Morris and “13 Reason’s Why” Keon Motakhaveri, Jackson plays Lark, a cheerleader and children’s ballet instructor. After being convinced to join a new all-styles dance crew by Du-Shaunt “Fik-Shun” Stegall (So You Think You Can Dance), Lark and the new crew compete for a $50,000 grand prize in a national dance-off. Hollywood Weekly: Thank you for taking the time for this interview. When did you first realize you wanted to be a performing artist? Tetona Jackson: My dad is a jazz musician and when I was younger, he would sometimes take me on a gig with him. One day, I was sitting backstage at an Aretha Franklin concert, watching her from the side curtain and I was just in awe of her performance. I was watching the audience reaction and I could feel the adrenalin. I remember thinking, that’s what I want to do. I want to perform. I grew up dancing and figure skating, then I kind of transitioned into music and acting. I‘ve always been into performing and entertaining. And it’s become a huge part of my life.

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HW: You were the first Princess Tiana in “Disney on Ice.” When did you start figure skating? And were you one of those kids who just naturally took to the ice? TJ: I was five-and-a-half years old when I started ice-skating. I was with my mom, my cousin, and my aunt around Christmas time. We passed the outdoor rink at L.A.’s City Walk and I remember hearing Christmas music as we were leaving. I turned around and saw this huge tree and I begged my mom to let us go. I put my skates on—this was the first time I’d ever set foot on ice—and I just zipped around the rink.

HW: What drew you to “All Styles” and the role of Lark? TJ: I grew up singing, dancing and performing. I did musical theater in high school. Anytime I get to perform two different art forms together, I’m always excited about it. So what drew me to the character of Lark was the chance to act and dance. I hadn’t focused on dance for a while because music and acting kind of took over. It was an interesting role for me. The character is so well grounded and I love her so much, the connection between Lark and Brandon (Fik-Shun). And the storyline was so cool. There were just so many things that made me feel that “All Styles” would be a lot of fun to film.

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HW: You’re obviously comfortable in the world of dance. But was there anything in these dance routines that challenged you? TJ: I was actually more of a Flamingo dancer— my aunt is a Flamingo teacher. I grew up doing more Flamingo and hip-hop. I was forced to do ballet because of figure skating. When filming “All Styles,” I hadn’t danced in a while. So getting back into the groove of things was really cool but it was crazy being around so many phenomenal dancers. Fik-Shun and I started rehearsing in L.A. to get our duet together. From there, we flew to Baton Rouge to start filming and rehearsals with everyone else. I remember, I hopped off the plane and went straight to rehearsals. I walked into a dance studio full of amazing dancers. And it wasn’t just hip-hop but all different styles. I kind of had this comfortable feeling of I’m home. I was watching all this art. It was my world. I love performing and it was so cool walking back into that. It was a little challenging at first, but once I got into the groove of things, it got easier.

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HW: That duet you did with Fik-Shun was amazing. What were your practice sessions like for that routine? TJ: We had one rehearsal in L.A. where they choreographed that for us. It was a 6- or 7-hour rehearsal. But we were rehearsing in Baton Rouge before we started filming. And that was a full week of rehearsals from seven in the morning until seven at night—every day. He’s a phenomenal partner to work with. HW: Your dance crew looked like they were having a blast. What was the crew like off the set? TJ: Amazing. Everyone was so much fun. We all got along so well. We were working on location, staying in the same hotel. After rehearsals and filming, we’d wake up the next day, eat breakfast together, and get on the bus for filming or rehearsals. We’d be on set 12 or 13 hours a day. We’d come back, eat and all get together to hang out. Some dancers would “battle” in the hotel rooms or play video games. We were like a family. It was kind of stressful when we were filming and you had to be on top of your game. When you’re working, you’re working.


Artist Highlight HW: Why do you think these dance challenge films are so popular with young viewers? TJ: They’re just fun to watch. You start watching “Honey” or “Step Up” and you kind of get mesmerized by the storyline and the dances. Everything kind of flows and moves and you get lost in it.

HW: Finally, will “All Night” be back for Season 2? If so, what will Cassie be up to? TJ: I hope it’ll be back. I’m crossing my fingers. It was so much fun. I love that character so much. The dynamic in that duo with Cassie and Alexis was incredible. There’s so much going on with her girlfriend and her brother. It was such a great group of people. I’m not sure about season 2 but I do wonder what kind of HW: Early in the film, we see Lark teaching trouble Cassie will get into this time. ballet to kids. Do you ever work with kids in dance, acting or singing? HW: Finally, will “All Night” be back for SeaTJ: I actually taught dance to kids a few years son 2? If so, what will Cassie be up to? back. TJ: I hope it’ll be back. I’m crossing my fingers. It was so much fun. I love that character so HW: How do you unwind after a busy day much. The dynamic in that duo with Cassie on the set or a challenging performance on and Alexis was incredible. There’s so much ice? going on with her girlfriend and her brother. It TJ: Once we’re done filming or get off stage was such a great group of people. I’m not sure or even in other films where the character is a about season 2 but I do wonder what kind of little more challenging or intense, my character trouble Cassie will get into this time. “comes off” with my makeup. I’ll either go to the gym or hang out. I try to go to the gym at least four or five times a week, whether it’s a full routine or just 30 minutes of cardio. It helps me to mentally blow off steam. Even yesterday, I was studying for an audition, took a break, and went to the gym to ease my brain.

I was backstage at an Aretha Franklin concert, in awe of her performance. I remember thinking, that’s what I want to do…perform

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THE BIZ

Tina Sokolovska

We Got You Media Tina Sokolovska is an international celebrity photographer from Ukraine. Her photos have been published in notorious magazines and countless pages across the couture spectrum. She travels the world and her photos are always on the top charts of several different European media outlets. It was in 6th grade that she exhibited her first solo show. When she was just 14, her father gave her the first semi-professional camera she ever owned. Considered a creative and versatile person since childhood, she says, "photography attracted me quite swiftly, and, necessary to say, successfully. I shot everything I saw around - my dog, nature. A bit later, I began to create art and shoot my school friends." She then realized that photography is exactly what excited her mind, and recalls the day when she came home with a friend from one of these photo shoots: "I told my mother that I want to learn it seriously and do it for the rest of my life." That moment was in 2008 and now, ten years later she has stuck by her craft and paved the way for other Ukrainian artisans like herself. One of Tina's most influential books to date, she claims is Rhonda Byrne's "The Secret." Another would be Dale Carnegie's book, "How to Win Friends and Influence People" which she asserts had an important influence in her youth. "It built my perception of the world, and helped me to succeed in my career. Because I think the key of success always lies in communication and giving the right vibes into life." With an outlook like that, she is sure to keep on shining her light onto the subjects within her lens. She is currently getting ready to run her first exhibition in the USA, which will take place in NYC. This year will be 10 years of her impressive career and to make an exhibition in New York, the capital of photography – Tina recognizes this as her biggest dream. With humble birthrights reaching back to Donbass – the region with civil war in Ukraine, there are a lot of people who need help. "I want to help my country, and the best way to do it – my art." Her show is set to take place on September 29th, 4 – 10 pm. 349 W Broadway (Soho), New York, NY 10013 Follow online: @tinasokolovskaya

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Arso Ivanovich

We Got You Media Arso Ivanovich first exhibited his work in 1969 at local Milwaukee art shows. It was during the 1970's that he began to accumulate an international following within the art world. With over two dozen solo exhibitions and having participated in more than three dozen collective art shows internationally over the last 40 years, he is not short of any material. As he says himself, "Art is like language that everyone understands, but very few people can speak.� This could not be a truer statement. He is a featured artist in over 160 published news and magazine articles internationally. Highlighted in 28 books and encyclopedic publications, including Arso's exclusive limited edition monograph book, his work is used for critiques and analysis. Arso is registered in American Art Who's Who 1995-2000 editions. 1984 he appeared on his first TV show, US Prime News as well as over 20 other television broadcasts internationally over the years. Also in 1984, at the New York World Art Expo the local presses chose Arso's artistic technique as the most interesting of the event. Arso has two master's degrees and is close to obtaining a Phd title. Photo credits @JesusZulas/NewsOfTheWorld HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY • 35


Sajad Omidi We Got You Media

Sajad Omidi, a former Iranian soccer player who has experienced over 500 games in different age groups in Asia and Europe, has been in the United States for some years now. We had an opportunity to learn about the experiences and plans of this young coach... He credits talent and targeted planning as the great elements needed to excel in the sport of soccer. Sajad also believes curriculum for adolescents is key. Weightlifting is also an important fitness regimen to have as a part of one's workout. "In my opinion," he says, "Mrs. Ursula Garza, the head of the Weightlifting Federation, is the genius of sport management." He was invited by Ursula to participate in the Fair Cup in Iran, even traveled to Iran with the American team at this year's tournament which resulted in the experience of managing the teamʟs travel and building strong relationship with other countries. He stated has mentioned that he is "sure Ursula Garza can also provide management and planning methods to help football in the U.S." How does he see the future of American sports, especially soccer? Mr. Omidi believes that America's Soccer can easily be ranked in the top four teams of the world, because the talent is there. With a bachelor's degree in physical education and a fitness coaching degree, aside from coaching soccer, he is currently a Physical Fitness Coach. He retired from soccer after obtaining a knee injury in an accident at a shopping mall in Orange County, California. Now he lends his voice and knowledge to improving the sport overall. His final words of advice: "I want to tell all coaches the best way to teach is first to get the players' confidence up. Then I want to thank the United States. Everyone helped me. The homeland is not where you are born. Your homeland is here where people respect you. Culture is different, but soccer (football) culture is the same everywhere in the world. Practice hard and live hard for fifteen years then take Fifty years of holidays or do not work fifteen years and live hard for fifty years. The choice is with yours." Follow at instagram.com/sajadomidi/ 36 • HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY


Jillisa Lynn By Launy Rhem

Jillisa Lynn has done it all! Acting, modeling, and even landed the title of Playboy Miss June 2017! However, it’s her catchy latest tune, “Control Freak”, that has truly placed her on the map. With major pop-centric melodies paired with R&B undertones this song has proven to be major vibes! Originally from Rochester, NY the beauty decided to take the plunge to the West Coast in 2009 with only $500.00 in her pocket. In all fairness, if you find yourself at a few of Hollywood’s most prestige insider parties and connecting with the true movers and shakers within your first week - you may as well call LA your new home! Safe to say a dream is what brought her to LA but it’s her sheer determination that has kept her in the ‘city of stars’! ‘Control Freak,’ has quickly donned the title as a sexy-women’s anthem, Lynn confesses the message spread with her first album, 6/6, wasn’t entirely what she had hoped for, “it was a sexy women empowerment song, but it was too commercial.” Now she is back in the studio gearing up for her second album which displays remarkable growth as an artist. “I found that my first album didn’t speak to anyone,” explains Lynn. “With my latest album listeners will be able to see another side of me. It’s a rollercoaster! There are many levels that are being discussed in this album that is a bit more vulnerable.” Pop stars alike have taken the average 4-minute music video and turned it into a

short, visual album in order to connect with the audience on a deeper level. In this generation, Beyoncé was one of the most notables to have done this with Lemonade, and Janelle Monae to follow the path with Dirty Computer. The end results? Pure beauty that transcends a powerful message that may otherwise be misconstrued or incomprehensible through sound alone. “The album is a bit of heartbreak, but full of confidence. It’s about letting the world see you can come out on top,” states Lynn. “I feel like this album fully explains me!” As you can imagine the music industry is over saturated and remaining relevant and on top can be quite tricky. With constant “affirmation” and spreading “positivity” has been her way to stay motivated. Lynn says the sentiment for this stems from many years of engaging in spirituality and affirmation books all with a daily reminder that she is brave and always being kind to herself. “I continuously keep re-inventing myself and do not divulge in the culture of drama. I’m not consumed by trends and pop culture,” explains Lynn. “Rejection is Gods protection,” she continues. “This industry will quickly get you discouraged, however it is about your overall brand.” The album title has yet to be released yet, but if it is anything resembling her original album, we are in for a treat. https://www.jillisalynn.com/ For Booking: Launy@ueminc.net HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY • 37


Linda Li By We Got You Media

It is our pleasure to introduce you the story of Linda Li, well known soft toy designer from Yangzhou City, China. She now lives and creates in Los Angeles. We Got You Media asked Linda to share with us exactly when and how she became interested in design and specifically soft toys... Linda Li: My Mother worked in a toy factory for her entire life. I was surrounded by toys since I was a little kid. I was always dreaming and drawing different toys I loved or which I would like to have. This way, I believe, I developed my creativity and designing passion. I wanted to create something new, unique especially for kids who had no toys. From my parents I got to understand the whole process of plush soft toys since when I was a little kid. I understood how it was designed, made, what safety rules to follow and why it is important to follow these rules. I understood the materials used and later on I also learned about the trend of the design etc. WGYM: Who or what influenced your development as a designer of toys? LL: First of all, I am dreamer. I wanted to create new toys, something more beautiful. I even had dreams of plush toys land, I call it Plushland. This land had the most beautiful toys, had only kind feelings, happiness. No anger, no betrayals, no stress. I just followed my dreams and tried to put my imagination on paper. Then I learned from my mother how to actually create the toy I draw. I went to hundreds of exhibitions, met many famous designers in this field, as well as in other gift markets. I talk to people, buyers, customers, kids, students, men and women. Everything and everyone gives me ideas and influenced me. WGYM: How did you come up with the idea of eco-friendly toys? LL: We live in a world that is changing. We have challenges of global warming, wild animals distinguishing, raw materials decreasing and unrecoverable...I see the waste in people’s life style, and passed from generation to generation. I think that as an entrepreneur, as a responsible company, it is my share to do something to pass the message to our kids. Toys are things they play with. If they get the message, it will be passed on. 38 • HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY


Tommie "Tomel" Griggs, Jr. Behind Locked Doors: How Well Do You Know Your Child? By Fal Adams Thank you so much for sitting down with Hollywood Weekly today. Who is Tommie Griggs and who is Tomel? TG: Tommie Griggs is a family man, born in St. Louis Missouri, I came out to California with my siblings, mother and father. Raised close knit with my family. Always spending time with my family, close-knit still. My parents are still together after 54 years, so I'm a strong believer in the connection with parent and child. That's me pretty much; easy going, love to laugh, love life, very giving. Very passionate about the film industry and the struggle to inspire, encourage and giving back. HW: When did you start Sunny Lou Productions? TG: Back in 2013, I decided that after researching and networking in the industry, I wanted to do it independent. Just work hard, learn the business filming, producing, buy the equipment and do everything on my own. Not having to worry about the bad energy in the industry. HW: Can you give our readers and audience some insight on the message of Behind Locked Doors? TG: Behind Locked Doors: How Well Do You Know Your Child? is a campaign awareness project for those naive parents who think that they have this child that they put on a pedestal. Giving their child privacy, not knowing that their child is doing things behind locked doors that a parent could never imagine. A lot of parents these days, they feel that their child needs to have privacy and they've totally stopped going into their rooms. I let my cousin read the script and she has an 8 year old son, 14 year old daughter. She called me the next day and thanked me for letting her read it. She went into her daughter's bedroom and found out she had met an older man on the Internet and was going to go out and meet him. At this point, I knew it was bigger than the series, the show. It is a campaign. It saved her life, anything could have happened. The goal is to do a national tour for the play to get the series on television and the movie on the big screen. HW: Where can we find you online and this story? TG: The play website is www.BehindLockedDoorsPlay.com and it will give all the details, synopsis and explain what the campaign is about. I'd also like to thank my team: Erica Brown, Chaz, Robert Moore, Bill Kellman, everyone for believing in me and the project. My family for supporting me. Thank you. HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY • 39


William Taylor Burton By Fal Adams

HW: Please introduce yourself in your own words, Mr. Burton. WTB: I am a family guy, I have six children whom I love and adore. I grew up in a large family of seven and My dad was an engineer and I wanted nothing to do with that. If you've ever taken any of those personality tests with the colors, I was Yellow for creative...lots of things interested me. One of those things, in college, was singing and that kind of started my interest in musical theater and opera which took me to upstate New York where I did a lot of theater work. When you’re on stage and you're carrying a show, you start to understand what it is to entertain. I love the theater...when I left upstate New York, the last show I did was 'The Music Man.' I left to go to Chicago for a corporate career with my family. I am now reintroducing myself to the industry and I think it’s my turn. HW: The Music Man is your most recent project, how did you land that role? WTB: What is interesting about theater is that very few people try out for the lead and most people are casual in their approach to do the chorus. The company that I did a number of musicals with is 1 of 9 old Vaudeville theaters seating 1500 - 2800 people. It became successful in the early part of the 20th century because of the engineers from the General Electric corporation. At that point, this company was about 70 years old and they wanted Robert Preston to do the role. They contacted his agent and his agent said he just didn’t want to do the musical again. I was able to have the role that would have been his; most of the musicals I did were Rogers and Hammerstein. One thing that was funny about 'The Music Man' is the director put a live horse on stage. A gamble, but a lot of fun. After I left update New York to go to Chicago, because of my background, I ended up being the MC on camera reporter for 36 episodes of my company's video series that went out across the country. I gained the experience to go to a number of places including Hawaii and South Carolina right after hurricane Hugo. Finally, for some reason or another they thought I was an incredible marketer and I got the #1 marketing award at Sears. Your abilities or talents often come into play for opportunities that you otherwise wouldn't have. HW: You have done many classical productions. Was this deliberate? WTB: Well, my wife loved the theater. We had 5 children in 7.5 years...it was like, you give something up that you love for family and that’s admirable. After being married for about 7 years, she started doing some 40 • HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY

theater and directing. Then I realized I would never see her again unless I got involved. The first show that she directed was 'Fiddler on the Roof' which I tried out for. The people around her asked why she wasn't casting her husband, and it worked out. The experiences were great and I loved it. HW: For voice over work, what elements from acting do you tap into? WTB: On voiceover, I think that there’s a couple of factors that come into play. One is that you’re still playing a character even though you’re playing yourself, so you need to put yourself into the product or experience you're trying to play. If you've done a lot of theater or stood in front of people like I have, you have to be comfortable in your own skin. Even though you're not on stage or on camera, you have to visualize who is the other person that is listening on the other end and draw, like in acting, from all your experiences. You also have to let go and have a little fun. You want to have your personality come through as well. Many prominent actors and actresses like to do this. It opens up a lot of doors and opportunities whether you are on camera or not. HW: You have so much experience outside of entertainment. How did your corporate career evolve into acting? WTB: It was really kind of the other way around. I would invite friends and family to my plays and when we finally did 'The Music Man' I had invited 300 friends from work and what happened was I was promoted twice in my corporate career because somebody saw something different in me than just the work I was doing; they came to the show. Pretty soon I was promoted. So I think it had as much of an impact on my corporate career as the other way around. I got very involved in the audiovisual department, public relations and it gave me a number of opportunities to be on camera and on stage. HW: "Ride The Horses, Feed The Lions" is a book you wrote yourself based on your corporate career. What made you want to write a book? WTB: When you achieve something, when you get the point where you want to give back, you kind of wake up one morning and go 'I've had all of these experiences. If I don't write this down then how does it help anybody else?' I interviewed 15 executives on LinkedIn and put their experiences, which coincided with the subject matter, into the chapters. The purpose of the book is really to reveal that the most important thing in relationships is not the script, if you know what I mean. It is when you get on stage, really a one-on-one


relationship with the audience. If there is no connection there, if they don't see you as an authentic person, they won't trust you. I didn't even think I could sell, but what I found was I could be myself. Selling is really not a science; it is really interpersonal relationships. Be authentic. Everything else can be learned. HW: What are your thoughts on marketing as it stands today? Do you think that packaging is important? WTB: Marketing today is very interesting because of the instant response we can get. The media that we have today is so different from even ten years ago. What happens in any industry is those who have come before face the challenge of who is the audience now? And what does the project now need to be? Packaging is an interesting term. I visualize that you're opening up a package and what's outside is as important as what is inside. So the packaging really has to send as much of a message as what its trying to deliver. Wow, don't we do a lot of packaging in Hollywood? In order to try and send a message that will entice the audience to show up, is packaging important?? Yes, maybe almost more than the product inside. HW: Does it frustrate you when artists or businesses cut corners with their advertising? WTB: What we do quite often in the entertainment industry is we sometimes take the short cut because we see what is working, somebody else does something, so we copy that. I think the most exciting thing about entertainment for me is character development and the relationships between people. You don't need a car crash or explosions and special effects to capture the audience. The only thing that frustrates me is that even though it is harder to do great work, it is much more rewarding than copying someone else who was more successful. We know we have talents and abilities, so let's use them to generate the greatest product that we can so that the audience can enjoy them later.

HW: What are you looking to do more of in Hollywood? WTB: Right now I've got a couple of agencies that I've signed with. I am returning to the industry and what I'm looking forward to it in addition to completing a very long screenplay a very long screenplay I created with my coauthor. I've been asked to write another screenplay. My book comes out in November and I'm looking forward to that as well. I believe that I can entertain. One of the greatest joys is standing on stage, in front of the camera portraying something that connects with another person. I'm looking forward to doing more movies and television. HW: Where can our readers find more of you and your book? WTB: Just put www.WilliamDHatch.com in your browser and the website will come up. If you don't write a book, no one will know that you existed. What I found was, you don't write a book about yourself. You write about things you're full of emotionally, that you just have to write about; things you feel strongly about. Your life ends up in the book, your stories, experiences. What ended up in my book was all of the experiences I had with thousands of strangers. "Ride The Horses, Feed The Lions" is full of interpersonal stories that I have. Perhaps not one man's crusade but to humanize living. No man or woman is their last book, the last show they were in or their accomplishments in the business world. Every person is the sum total of the people they associate with horses and the lives they affect. I lions believe you never retire... the show must go on. The Life of “The Stylistic Salesperson”

Comments, Interviews, Reviews and Quotes from: Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, N.Y. Times Best Seller, Dartmouth Professor; C.A. Peter Strohkorb, Smarketing™ author, The Team Method®; Sydney, Australia Shawn Moon, Franklin-Covey Exec. VP, Sales co-author of Talent Unleashed Weldon Long, NY Times Best Seller, author, The Power of Consistency; Colorado Matthew Kelly, VP Sales Fairway Architectural R.S. book review; Cincinnati Mark Skovron, PhD., CEO MaxGroup™ Bus. Solutions, author, Phoenix Michael S. Wooten, CEO Landmark Results Group, entrepreneur, Atlanta Tim Wackel, Director of Sales, Docent, keynote speaker, trainer-coach, Dallas Tony J. Hughes, AMI; Best Selling author, keynote speaker, NSW, Australia Jim Schleckser, CEO, Best Selling author: Great CEO’s are Lazy; the DC area Chad B. Rawlins, Creator of Success Sales Engagement Acceleration, Salt Lake Clint Geog, Divisional VP., Terminix; Sears Home Services, Raliegh, N.C. Monica Pritchard, VP Sales, Mktg., Prod. Development, QE.; Michigan Oliviér Riviére, TBM & Grayling Marketing Founder-Europe, Paris, FR Don Straits, CEO Corporate Warriors, Executive placement; Denver, CO. Steve Booz, Sales, Marketing Executive, Royal Bldg Products; Philadelphia

Excerpts From: The One Minute Manager, Blanchard & Johnson; The Upside of Fear, Weldon Long; 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Maxwell; The Challenger Sale, Adamson, Dixon; Talent Unleashed, co-authored Shawn Moon; Resolutions to Reality, Bellas, Collard; Situational Leadership Theory, Hersey, Blanchard; The Art of Selling-Tom Hopkins 21 Secrets of Million Dollar Sellers, Harvill; The Power of Persuasion: by Mehrabian

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HW: You produced a magazine called "Nuestra Gente" which translates to "Our People" and you are also bilingual. How does the current state of Latin America and issues affecting the population come into play? WTB: I learned this people, the Latin People. I learned the language as we say "en la calle" which means "in the streets." I learned to love the Latin people. The thing that we forget about in today's politics is on all levels: the people. The people is what is important and they are a phenomenal group of people. It is disappointing to have them be categorized or stereotyped. What really drove me, when I put together "Nuestra Gente" is the fact that 8 million spanish-speaking households weren't receiving advertising. So we created a magazine that ran from 1993 to 2005. I was in New York City at a press conference with "People en Espanol", which thanked us for creating this publication that inspired their own. There was a little bit of a

mission for me and I'm very proud to have been a part of it. HW: How do we bridge the gaps across multi-ethnic lines? WTB: When I was at Sears I was in charge of multicultural marketing. We were probably in the early stages of excellence as far as reaching all of those groups. When we erase ethnicity and we erase color we are basic human beings with the same basic needs and we should be reaching out to each other and accepting each other on that basis. The differences should be embraced on a basis of culture; we are not that different. I think what is happening in Hollywood is a very positive thing from the standpoint that you see more and more entertainment products reaching out to portray the humanity in individuals of all kinds of different backgrounds. One of the terms in the 60's we talked about was prejudice. I think that is the missing element, because we all have busy lives. If we got to know each other we would not see the differences as being so profound. We just need to do a better job at appreciating one another.

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Natalie Banks By Fal Adams

HW: Are there subjects that you stay away from when building a concept for a story? NB: I'm really courteous of people's feelings and personal beliefs. I try to stay away from any subjects that could cause anyone to be upset or to be offended.

Hollywood Weekly: As a female author, what sort of adversity have you encountered in the field of writing? Natalie Banks: I wouldn't say that I've encountered any adversity, really. Because since I write fiction, I guess I consider myself to be self-employed. I think any adversity that I face, any author that is independent would face at this point; just trying to get their work out there and get name recognition. HW: It is more popular now for people to self-publish. Since you work for yourself, what is your writing process like from start to finish? NB: The writing part is fun for me, energizing. I get on a high and it will take me anywhere from six to eight weeks to start and finish a novel, then the real work begins. Then, I have to get it out there and get it in front of people and start building excitement. Get it edited, get the cover designed. There's a lot of work that goes into it, but it's worth it because I'm doing what I love, what I'm passionate about. HW: You're from Raleigh, North Carolina. How has the South influenced your writing? NB: I think it's influenced my writing quite a bit. I set all three of my novels in North Carolina, two of which I've set in Wilmington (where I live at the present time.) The south has such an interesting culture about it, so it makes for fun writing. I think anyone who has been to the south can relate. Anyone who hasn't can get a kick out of it as well. 42 • HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY

HW: You're a fiction writer and when you're envisioning the person you write for, is there anyone specific? NB: When I write my books, I want my readers to be entertained but I also want them to walk away from my book enriched and feeling good. With "The Dark Room", which has some difficult subject matter in it, some people might consider it a little disturbing because maybe the violence, affairs and different things. In the end, they walk away feeling good and taking away something positive from the novel. I try to always weave something in there like that. I've done that with all three and I hope to continue doing that as I write. HW: What is your writing process like? NB: I actually have a lot of ideas kinda tumbling around in my head. Usually, I just write from the hip...I don't do a lot of planning. Sometimes, when I'm working on a novel I do know the ending. Like the one I'm currently working on, I know how it's going to end but I don't always know how it will work for me. HW: How do you stay inspired? NB: I think just by nature, I'm a positive person. I've been writing since I was twelve years old and it was something that just kinda came natural. When I'm writing, I get on a high! I love it so much and I love storytelling and developing my characters. Not only that, the feedback from my readers has been extremely positive. I mean, over-the-top positive. I know I'm touching lives and hearts. Combining all of that together, it's easy to stay inspired. HW: Are there any unique moments involving fans of your work? NB: My creative writing teacher in high school, Emma Richardson, really touched my life because she was so enthusiastic and she planted a lot of seeds and knowledge in me that has stuck with me my entire life. I'm still in touch with her and every time I publish a book, I

send her one. HW: Do you think it is important to have good female protagonists, leaders? NB: I think it's very important. I like for my characters to grow throughout the book. Specifically in "The Canary's Song" the main character was struggling with a lot of emotional baggage, looking for someone to save her. In the end, she got to the point where she could recognize she had the power all along, she just didn't know it; an outright girl-power story. In "The Water Is Wide", my character was a little weaker, she was not someone that a lot of people would really strive to be like but I think they could empathize with her. She developed throughout the story as she became aware that she could stand on her own. Yes, I do think it is important to write about women whom a lot of other women can look up to and learn from. HW: When you envision someone reading your novels, what do you see? NB: I guess I would want them to just go along with the characters and experience the emotions as the character is experiencing it. The laughter and the tears and the sadness...I want them to feel everything that the characters are feeling as they're reading it. I try to keep them involved in the story. I've been told that my novels are hard to put down and usually, once people open them, they can't stop reading. I hope maybe I've met my goal. HW: Let's say you actually had to stop writing, what would you do? NB: Gosh, besides cry? Hm. I like to paint a little, I dabble in that. My true call is writing, so I'm not really sure. I have so much of my identity wrapped up in writing, I'm not sure where I would go with that. HW: You've had some acclaim and you won the Governor's Writing Award in North Carolina. What was it like to receive an award from your local community? NB: I submitted a piece to the contest, they hold it every year. I really didn't think much about it so I was extremely honored when the letter came in the mail that I had been selected as one of the winners. A true honor. HW: Are there any other ways you like to give back to your community?


NB: I have a big heart for people, so I try to be generous with my time and my money to do whatever I can. I'm involved with the Book Fairies, they leave books for people like a treasure hunt. I've donated quite a few of my novels to their cause. As far as specific organizations, I just look for opportunities if there's someone in need and I feel led. I do what I can. HW: Do you participate in Little Free Libraries? NB: Yes, I love those so much! It is very similar to the Book Fairies concept; it's about sharing books. Yes, I've donated several of my books to the Little Free Library. HW: Do you think it is important to have more empathy and emotional intelligence in the world? NB: Yes, very much. I think it is so important. I think all of us are guilty at some point, you know. We get so caught up in our lives that we don't always think about what other people are going through. Yes, it is extremely important to me. HW: As a businesswoman, how do you engage with other aspects of the writing and publishing world? Is there a distinction between the writing and the business? NB: It is kinda like flipping a switch, I do try to stay true to myself. I wear my heart on my sleeve and I'm very authentic and honest, which doesn't always mix well with business. That is who I am and where I'm coming from, so I'm going to stick to it. It can be difficult, it's trying. The business aspect isn't as enjoyable however I definitely enjoy Instagram and interacting with my fans and readers on there. Technically it's a business ploy, to gain readers but it is enjoyable to me because I enjoy getting to know people and seeing parts of their lives. The advertising and the marketing can be trying and weary but it's worth it. HW: When did you officially identify yourself as a writer? NB: I started writing when I was twelve. I was on an airplane flying to Colorado and I was reading a popular novel at the time. When I finished the book it had an anti-climatic ending and I was devastated. I had no idea where to go with my emotions. I was just so upset; I was so upset for the characters and upset for me. I did the only thing I could think to do which was pull a notebook out of my backpack and I wrote a new ending to

the book. After I finished, I read the original ending of the book and then read mine. When I closed my book, I knew I was a writer. I guess I had the bug and it bit me, it took me over. As far as currently knowing what I want to do with my life, I just kind of dabbled in some stories and whatnot over several years and I knew that it was calling to me. I finally said, "Okay, there's only one way to do it and that's sitting down and writing an entire novel." After I wrote that first chapter with that determination, I knew that this was what I was going to do with the rest of my life. HW: Have you ever had any writing binges where someone had to pull you away? NB: I'm pretty much like that every time I write a novel. I'll write for ten, twelve hours at a time. I don't want to go to the bathroom, I don't want to eat...I just want to write. I get so immersed in the world of my characters. I'd gone to the chiropractor and it was early Spring. In my story, it was Fall. When I pulled into her parking lot, I saw pink balloons on the bushes. For a split second, I thought, "Why are there flowers blooming in the Fall? Wait, I'm in my own world!" It's easy to get lost in a story especially when you're dedicating that many hours to writing. HW: Let's go into your most recent project. Can you tell HW readers about it and what inspired the story? NB: The latest book that I released is called "The Canary's Song" and it was inspired by my own loss. My sister passed away in 2005 and I was wanting to write a story about surviving a loss. I think all of us women experience losses, maybe not the actual death of a child or sibling but we lose grandparents and we lose friends. It's a difficult thing to go through, so I coupled that with the strain that it can put on a relationship when you go through something traumatic. I had been reading about the Linville Gorge in North Carolina and this almost treacherous, unsurvivable wilderness. I thought that would make an interesting story being there in the wilderness and the main character trying to survive the loss of her child and the wilderness. The story is about a woman who loses one of her children in a tragic accident. She pulls away from her core and is so overridden with guilt and her husband tries to reconnect with her and she won't have it. Slowly, he withdraws and his love begins to wither away. She decides she is going to start coming back to living life again. As she realizes

she's losing her husband, she tries to reconnect with him. So she books this vacation in a cabin because she feels that if she can get him alone, then his eyes will be on her (away from the world and distractions.) They get up there and they're working on their relationship... some events happen that cause them to become trapped in the cabin. These are suburbanites, not used to living off the land by any means. They have to figure out how to survive and get themselves out. It is set in an area that is almost impossible for experienced hikers. Her husband leaves to go get help and he never returns. She's alone in this cabin and the story is about how she survives. HW: How has North Carolina influenced your work and what was it like growing up out there? NB: It has it's own culture, a nurturing culture. Everybody wants to take care of each other. I feel privileged to have grown up surrounded by so many wonderful people. It definitely influenced me and my stories. I get a little nostalgic and I think that people who aren't from the area get a little taste of the south in what I write. HW: As far as self care goes in general, any tips? NB: I think it's important to get out in nature and get away from all the noise and distractions. It is rejuvenating for me to sit by the ocean, go out to a field, take in nature and give my brain a chance to disengage. I am also an avid meditator and I think that it is important to connect to our true selves. Starting the day right, drinking green drinks, exercise and yoga. When I'm in a writing frenzy I'm not the best. HW: Any other messages? Where can our readers find you? NB: If they want to learn more about me and my books they can go to my website: www.NatalieBanks.net My books are available on Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com and iBooks.com!

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The Ambiance of Kalua, Mykonos By Fal Adams

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editerranean cuisine is an intricate delicacy. For all of you Americans traveling abroad...don't forget to stop by the beaches of Mykonos and catch a wave of the bliss awaiting you there. More than a yummy dish is sure to fill your belly as you escape into the sand and drift away. One of the hottest features you'll find at this restaurant, besides the food, is bound to be the local entertainment you can catch daily. With resident performers and lively hosts to make their mark on your soul, you are sure to have an incredible dining experience. You may even meet a friend or two! Many of us know the Greek isles by way of Hollywood films such as Mamma Mia and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. As it goes, there is a whole lot that can get lost in translation. It is no surprise that this rich country has so much to offer. From raging nightlife to flavorsome foodie heaven, there is something for everyone. With crisp waters surrounding you for miles, it is easy to feel secluded as if you're in a world of your own. The service at Kalua is immensely catered to your vibe and experience. Whether you are visiting with friends, family or flying solo, you will be treated with regal care. One of our readers, Fati Brown, was gracious enough to share a few words from the experience: "The atmosphere, the music, the food...everything was just unbelievable. I have never experienced such a wonderful service. It was like the waiters could read your mind." Located on the stunning Paraga beach, Kalua Mykonos has been known for more than fifteen years as a must-visit summer destination. Yet, you don't hear about it as much as Santorini or Crete. Here, you can enjoy an exceptional meal or a relaxing cocktail by the sea with guests. Truly experiencing the genuine culture of a place outside of our own comfort zone ultimately puts us back in our place. As you grow more in tune with the world, you are able to see it as an oyster where you seek out your pearls. You will find all of these treasures and more at KALUA. The lovely beach of Paraga on the south coast of Mykonos encapsulates the essence of Greek summer in its truest sense. Fully organized with sun beds and umbrellas, it’s the perfect place to revitalize yourself with a swim in the dazzling crystal clear waters, enjoy a cocktail with your toes in the warm sand or simply close your eyes and soak up the sun. The menu offers a wide variety of mouth-watering delicious combinations and the freshest ingredients

from daily fresh catch fish, sushi, Greek salad, mussels, pasta, risotto, fresh cut fruit platters to luscious and delightful desserts. The cocktails and the wine they have to offer is out of ordinary. Everyone can find something to make their stay unforgettable. The waiters will bring whatever your heart desires. 44 • HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY


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Fall 2018 Releases White Boy Rick

Rated R Drama/Mystery 1h 56m

Rick Wershe is a single father who's struggling to raise two teenagers during the height of the crack epidemic in 1980s Detroit. Wershe sells guns illegally to make ends meet but soon attracts attention from the FBI. Federal agents convince his son, Rick Jr., to become an undercover drug informant in exchange for keeping his father out of prison. When young Rick gets in too deep, he finds himself seduced by the lure of easy money and becomes a drug dealer himself. Release date: 9/14/2018

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The House with a Clock in Its Walls Rated PG 2018 Thriller/Fantasy1h 45m

Ten-year-old Lewis goes to live with his oddball uncle in a creaky old house that contains a mysterious ticktock noise. He soon learns that Uncle Jonathan and his feisty neighbor, Mrs. Zimmerman, are powerful practitioners of the magic arts. When Lewis accidentally awakens the dead, the town's sleepy facade suddenly springs to life -- revealing a secret and dangerous world of witches, warlocks and deadly curses. Release date: 9/21/2018

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SmallFoot

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A Yeti named Migo stirs up his community when he discovers something that he didn't know existed -- a human. Release date: 9/28/2018

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ICONS Audrey Hepburn "After working all morning she wanted to take a lunch break and I went with her. When we were going down the street (she was cycling and I was walking) I saw her little car back there -- one of the early Thunderbirds, which was very popular -- and her little dog called Famous, and I asked her to stop to snap this photo. Even though her clothes were so casual, she looked so stylish and was so far ahead of most of the ladies in showbusiness, as far as fashion was concerned. She was one of the nicest people that I've ever worked with, from inside or outside [the industry.] A great lady at all times, she possessed class and great beauty and was always compassionate to the dispossessed and needy later in life, with a heart of gold. She was so giving that everybody that I knew loved her. I don't know anybody who didn't love Audrey Hepburn." *This excerpt is taken from pages 256-257 of "Sid Avery: Art of the Hollywood Snapshot" (Reel Art Press 2012) by Ron Avery and Tony Nourmand. HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY • 47


LA THEATRE BEAT

October 2018 Showings

1. "Villainy, or H.H. Holmes’ Own Story"

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2. "The Tempest" 3. "The Madwoman of Chaillot" 4. "Silence! The Musical" 5. "To Dad with Love: A Tribute to Buddy Ebsen" 6. "Cal in Camo" 7. "Sell/Buy/Date" 8. The Woman Who Went to Space as a Man" 9. Dangerous Obsession" 10. "What Happened When" 11."A Flock of Macaws" 12. "American Hero" 13. "The Mousetrap" 14. The 14th show, "UK Underdog" 15. The 15th show, "Everything That Never Happened" 16. The 16th show, "Old Clown Wanted" 17. The 17th show, "A Picture of Dorian Gray" 18. The 18th show, "The Marriage Zone"

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Books That Make You… Scream! By Bree Swider

All Hallow’s Eve is almost upon us — and you know what that means. It’s time to get spooked! And what better way to give your nerves a test than to sit down with a thrilling book. The trick is discovering what will send chills up your spine. Are you terrified of being kidnapped? Vengeful ghosts? A psychological suspense? Losing control over your life and identity? Or being thrown into an era where the life expectancy is under 35? Not every devil is soaked in blood. Many of the most terrifying things push the limits of our psyche, create sky-high tensions, and make us think about what really matters. Light your Jack O’Lantern — here’s seven books to make you scream.

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Matt Miller in the Colonies by Mark J. Rose “I have always been fascinated by the conflicts, tension, and wonder between man and the technological world” Mark J. Rose

Most people suddenly sent back to the past would be terrified when they realize they’re stranded and out of their element. After all, there’s no penicillin, and everything could kill you. In Journeyman, a 21st century physicist must survive the 1760s — which turns out to be harder than he thinks. Our hero must try not to scream and shout as he adjusts to the local ways of life, no matter how far they are from his modern sensibilities. Now, if you want to get the meat of it, you need to read — and now listen since both books are now available on Audible — to The Prophet, the second book in the series. Not only is Matt making his own way — without the support he worked so hard to cultivate — but he must deal with a serious enemy. While Colonial fiction might bring to mind duels and politics, here our friend Matt must outwit and survive these conflicts on his own, in what might as well be a foreign country. “I have always been fascinated by the conflicts, tension, and wonder between man and the technological world,” says author Mark J. Rose. This same curiosity led him not only to writing science fiction and thrillers, but to science as well. He holds a doctorate in pharmaceutical chemistry. So, if well-researched, historical science-fiction, and exiting are checkboxes for your next read, you better pick up the Matt Miller in the Colonies series.


Cat and Mouse and a Royal Kidnapping: The Fenrir Chronicles — The Prince

You walk in from work, only to discover your spouse is missing. No, this isn’t a Gone Girl scenario. The Prince is a high-fantasy Taken and it will keep you on the edge of your seat. How far would you go to save the one you love?

Author Nanishka Torres has crafted an original world where the kingdom of Fenrir is ruled by logic and reason. LGBTQ relationships are not only tolerated, but accepted. At least, that was the case. Now a radical religious group, the Staxeons, have kidnapped Prince Callum’s lover and created turmoil in the kingdom. Callum is hellbent on saving the one he loves — and making the Staxeons scream.

The Internal Monsters: Next Therapist Please

So often screams go unnoticed. Troubled mental health can be the scariest thing of all.

In Next Therapist Please, Janie Weiss confronts pain and depression with humor as she hops from one therapist to the next on quest for health and happiness. Janie is eager to move on with her life after her husband’s death — if only she could find the right therapist! Author Laurie Finkelstein invites readers to see depression, anxiety, and OCD in a new light, and to confront terrifying mental health issues with a sense of humor. Feel-good bonus: 10% of the gross sales are donated to NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Mysterious Music Rarely Ends Well: Mary Shelley Presents Now this one is scary.

In Mary Shelley Presents: The Old Nurse’s Story, experience a truly terrifying graphic novel. In this Elizabeth Gaskell tale, young orphan Rosamond and her nurse go to live with her distant relatives at their isolated family estate. When the new arrivals start hearing harrowing music late into the night, the pair begin to realize the house isn’t what it seems. It has ghosts, vengeance, and is set in 19th-century England — that’s what I call a good Halloween read!

A Train Ride with Spirits: The Engine Woman’s Light

Imagine being on a train with “undesirables” heading to an asylum and an uncertain fate.

In this award-winning steampunk adventure, ghosts from the past influence the present. Our hero Juanita has the ability to save lives. But is she really a mystic who holds life sacred? Or is she possessed by spirits who are making her sabotage the train? Ghosts, goggles, guns and grit make this Amazon top-listed book in the Steampunk YA category, a must read this fall.

Don’t Be Afraid to Act: How Women Negotiate from a Position of Strength

Get ready to scream with excitement as you take control of your career! Okay, so maybe this one’s not so scary, but we all need to take a breather.

The Frightening Future: XX vs XY — The Final World War

A civil war drawn along gender lines is enough to chill anyone to the bone. In XX vs XY: The Final World War, both genders lose to their worst fears. A dystopian America is divided between the man-cave East, where fertile women alter their mind and bodies to please the state, and the women-ruled West, where women focus on brute strength and take pills to control their emotions. With a story by Bobby Goldstein, creator of Cheaters, and authored by the prolific Christina Cigala, readers follow the lives of two women as they strive to understand their strength and overcome this disturbing society.

The Darkest Dungeon: Oubliette — A Forgotten Little Place The monsters aren’t just inside her head.

Veronica grew up with evil things lurking in the shadows, and now they are back. In this nailbiting, knuckle-whitening psychological horrorthriller, you’ll follow Veronica to a dream job at a castle in France, only to experience absolute terror. Author Vanta M. Black penned this masterpiece after visiting a real oubliette at Leap Castle, and infused it with inspiration from actual paranormal and historical events. If you want to hear the echoes of authentic terror, open up this must-read. You might just scream.

Raye Mitchell, Esq. has twenty years of experience in law, business, and public service, and with How Women Negotiate from a Position of Strength, Mitchell passes on expert tips to help you succeed. In this installment in her Take Action series, Mitchell lays the land for healthy brand creation and maintenance. Personal brand has become essential for successful negotiation. So, grab a highlighter and this soon-to-be career classic. Take a fun detour before diving back into this Halloween horror fest.

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