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In this issue celebrating Black Music Month, we are excited to introduce an iconic singer and songwriter named Mr. Charles Wright. Mr. Wright gained international fame with his hit song, “Express Yourself .” The first time our star journalist, Carmelita Pittman, met Charles Wright was when she ventured down Sunset Boulevard over 40 years ago. Mrs. Pittman was in her heyday, and Charles couldn’t resist and Prather Jackson hailed her and later saw her perform at Bernie Hamilton’s Cafe named Citadel d’ Haiti. At that time, she was so flattered that a celebrity of his stature would compliment her on singing and playing the guitar. You see, she always had aspirations in some form or another of being in show business but was discouraged by her family who persuaded her to seek a more secure and established career as a schoolteacher. According to excerpts from the interview, despite her family’s lack of support, she actually recorded some original music, which was produced by her husband Jerry Pittman (who she met at a later time) that made the R&B charts with the late “Godfather of Soul” James Brown. “However, never would I have imagined in a million years that I would be writing a cover article about Charles Wright.“ Hollywood Weekly is pleased to bring Charles’ incredible story from the cotton fields of Mississippi to Hollywood, California, in our exclusive interview. We are also delighted to bring you our exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of the 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival, which features films competing in the official selection. New films included La Novia Del Desierto (The Desert Bride) directed by Cecilia Atan and Valeria Pivato. “Becoming Cary Grant,” and David Stratton’s “A Cinematic Life.” For the fashion enthusiastic crowd we are honored to showcase Cinemoi’s Fashion Film Charity Gala. This star-studded event involved world-class talent including exclusive handmade fashions from For the Stars Fashion House by Hollywood Weekly’s fashion editor, Jacob. We are equally excited to showcase our interview with Ms. Vina Lelim Natcionales, a successful businesswomen living in the Philippines and winner of the Classic Mrs. Asia International. In addition, we bring you from “Russia with Love” with our exclusive interview of talented Russian actress, Oxana Lovich. And speaking of music, the iconic band “Foreigner” announced their 40th anniversary Canadian tour dates, and this year HW was invited to cover Bacardi’s Governors Ball Music Festival. Enjoy,
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Charles Wright and his large family composed of 11 brothers and sisters overcame the degradation of living in squalid conditions and stood strong in their religious beliefs. Their fortitude represented the multitudes of other Jim Crow era African–American families who met similar fates yet persevered nevertheless.
Left to right: Michael Corleone -trumpet, Al Starks -trombonist, Robert “Bullet” Harris -guitarist, Dale Atkins-bassist, Charles Wright, Tony Coleman-keyboardist, Louis Taylor- saxophonist, Land Richards-drummer
James Burks, Barbara Morrison, Charles Wright
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By Carmelita Pittman
he first time I met Charles Wright was when I ventured down Sunset Boulevard over 40 years ago. He hailed me and later saw me perform at Bernie Hamilton’s Cafe named Citadel d’ Haiti. At that time I was so flattered that a celebrity of his stature would compliment me on my singing and guitar playing. I’ve always had aspirations in some form or another of being in show business but was discouraged by my family who persuaded me to seek a more secure and established career as a school teacher. Despite their lack of support, I actually recorded some
original music which was produced by my husband Jerry Pittman (who I met at a later time) that made the R&B charts with the late “Godfather of Soul” James Brown. However, never would I have imagined that I would be writing an article about Charles Wright years later. Before I interviewed him recently for my radio show, he explained that his book ,”UP From Where We’ve Come” was about the first stage of his life as a child growing up in the land of cotton which provided the foundation for the man we know today. His story represents that of many African-Americans whose origins emanated from the darkest chapter in this country’s history. He has presented a gripping depiction of the beginning of his journey with some evocative episodes and colorful characters along the way. Charles informed me that this
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Wright is only the first chapter of his miraculous life voyage. He is currently penning a follow-up that begins when he arrives as a young boy in Los Angeles with his family.
“UP From Where We’ve Come” has left an indelible impression on my mind. I am still amazed that anyone could face such unbelievable obstacles, yet not only overcome but excel as an R&B and pop icon, world renown. His depictions of each character in his book are so well developed and vivid that I was drawn in immediately. I never knew that Charles had such great writing acumen as an author, although I shouldn’t be surprised since he is such a fine tuned craftsman with his song writing skills. His story opens in the Deep South, Mississippi where he was born near Clarksdale. Retracing his steps from the early age of six he recalls what it was like living with a stern father whom he loved, but was forced to witness him being disrespected by a cruel and racist land owner named Edward Miles. Only a child, Charles
was threatened with a whipping by his father if he did not pick at least 100 pounds of cotton per day. This of course was due to the pressure his father faced from landowner Miles who owned the land upon which the Wright family worked as share croppers. Share cropping was a very close cousin to slavery. There is a saying referring to “40 acres and a mule” which was extolled upon the freed slaves who created Juneteenth to celebrate. However the term “share cropping” derives from the agreement to share profits 50/50 between the land owner and family who worked the land. In the case of Mr. Miles, he managed to keep most of the proceeds for himself while keeping his foot on the neck of the Wright family and ensuring they were always in his debt. Interestingly enough, debt is still used to this day as a tool to keep Americans (regardless of ethnicity) in a constant state of financial uncertainty. Charles Wright and his large family composed of 11 brothers and sisters overcame the degradation of living
Something to make you feel good Charles Wright and Watts 103rd Street Rhythm band with special guest Barbara Morrison will be appearing at Harvelle’s in Long Beach June 22, 2017 and at the Rose in Pasadena July 27, 2017 graphic designers: Charles Wright and Amen Akhenaten
in squalid conditions and stood strong in their religious beliefs. Their fortitude represented the multitudes of other Jim Crow era African–American families who met similar fates yet persevered nevertheless. Jim Crow existed from 1890 to 1965, and Charles lived through that period following World War II.
The muse of music, primarily in the form of a guitar called on Charles as a youngster growing up in Los Angeles. He landed in several doo-wop groups including , The Twilighters, The Shields, and The Gallahads. For awhile Charles became an A&R Director at Del-Fi Records. He was largely responsible for the hit recording of “Those Oldies But Goodies Remind me of You” by Little Caesar and the Romans in 1961. He eventually formed his own band, Charles Wright & the Wright Sounds. One of his original band members, Daryl Dragon, became the “Captain” of the popular 1970’s pop recording duo, The Captain and Tennille. The band eventually evolved with more members into “The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band”. Their popularity rose as they played gigs across Los Angeles. Then with their out-of-the-ballpark hits which included “Express Yourself ” and “Loveland” the band never looked back. Express Yourself exceeded all expectations and has become a perennial anthem for Charles Wright. So much so, that it has been licensed in over 80 commercials and nearly 30 movies such as “The Addams Family”, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”, “Cheaper By The Dozen”, “The Little Fockers”, “Panther” and “The People vs. Larry Flint” just to name a few. Currently, the song will be featured in promotional ,”UP From Where trailers for the upcoming Sony animated We’ve Come” summer film “The Emoji Movie”. An emoji “Express yourself in all represents the expression of an emotion that you say and do, regardless of what others used in electronic messaging, so “Express think and always, always Yourself ” could be not be more of a perfect be true to yourself.” June 22 Harvelles in fit! It has also been used by companies Long Beach and July 27 such as Nike and sports teams like the Los at the Rose in Pasadena, Angeles Lakers. In addition, ABC’s “Good both dates with Barbara Morrison Morning America” used the song as the theme for their “Advice Guru” talent search.
One of his closest brothers, Frankie D who was younger, constantly followed him around. Together they managed to find a sanctuary in the beauty of nature encompassed by the bayou and made a makeshift playground where they could just be little boys and not be concerned about the daily rigors that made life so unpleasant. His candid narrative describes photo credit: the culture and social traditions using the Ambrose Frank With such amazing success one realizes that Trenado frank vernacular peculiar to the culture Charles can not do any wrong all he can do Cover design: Amen of the South. One gets the distinct sour Akhenaten and is Wright! He has earned his place in history taste of what it must have been like to pick Charles Wright for his fans and family whom he loves dearly. cotton from sunup to sundown combined He can be observed playing in a loving with the unmitigated and cruel pillars of racism that black way with his grand children. When my husband and I met people faced as cogs in the wheel of an economic model with him recently in San Diego, his young granddaughter, that thrived on nearly free labor. Sadly, Charles’ story is as Zaria was playing hide and seek around his legs. It was such American as apple pie. a wonderful and warm moment to witness. There is also a Eventually after years of family suffering , his mother, light that surrounds him, the loving light of the Higher Power Magnolia, convinced his father, Edmond, that there had to (God) which keeps him going. He is admired by his lady be a better way to live. She had her sights set on Los Angeles, friend Peaches, who stands proudly by his side. He also has California. And through the grace of the Higher Power a loyal and professional team who ensures he always puts his (God) with the help of her daughter Inez and Richard who best foot forward. Their current focus is planning a 12-city had already relocated there, she and her family ventured tour to promote his book along with a few performance dates forward to a new beginning and a new life. Thank God for thrown in for good measure. all of us that this strong black woman took matters into her The Grammy nominated music of Charles Wright endures own hands, because out of that development little Charles the test of time and has been covered by many prominent Wright stepped forward and “expressed” himself and the artists such as the legendary Ray Charles, Les McCann, rest is history! 6 HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY
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Della Reese, Roger Troutman & Zapp, The Ohio Players and the Swiss Longines Symphony Orchestra. The hiphop era which exploded during the 90’s with groups such as N.W.A, Brand Nubians, Naughty by Nature, Gang Starr, Sean “P Diddy” Combs, all “sampled” music originated by Charles Wright. Many hip-hop groups also did the same from the likes of James Brown and George Clinton who along with Little Richard have shared a long-standing friendship with Charles. In fact, Charles interviewed Little Richard for his television talk show and both have remained very close over the years. I recall Charles’ offer to bring James Brown to the Memorial for Vonny Hilton Sweeney, who was the West Coast rep for Mr. Brown and the founder of the Annual Pre-Grammy Gala. I came on board during the early 80’s as a founding member of the Pre-Grammy Music Industry Celebration which drew attendees such as Charles Wright, Gladys Knight, Little Richard, the Gordy family, Arsenio Hall, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx, Elaine Young “Realtor to the Stars”, Chi Coltrane, Virginia O’ Brien, Lindsey Wagner star of “The Bionic Woman”, Brenda Lee Eager, Dennis Edwards and Ali Ollie Woodson of the Temptations, L.A. Reid and Babyface, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and many more.
Charles has also used his music in a positive light to uplift our youth. He changed the title of “Express Yourself ” to “Protect Yourself ”. During a campaign to guard young teens from sexually transmitted diseases. He performed that version of the song at the very first AIDS Walk Circle of Life Concert at the Los Angeles Greek Theatre. Charles and the band will be out on the road performing through the summer playing his soul and funk classics as well as selections from his most recent CD entitled “Something to Make You Feel Good”. There are also exciting rumors that he will soon be collaborating with a huge hip-hop icon on some new music, so look out for that! Charles has had such a rich and full journey that I suggest he consider having his life story optioned as a movie to inspire everyone in how to be better human beings and that all good works are possible. Vonny Hilton Sweeney used to say, “ What God gives us is our gift from God and what we become is our gift to God”. Charles is a living breathing example of that. In his own words … “Express yourself in all that you say and do, regardless of what others think and always, always be true to yourself.”
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From the young age of 4, Bruno Mars has always been a star. Known as “Little Elvis” Bruno Mars performed in front of crowds and wowed his audience. Now at the age of 31, Mars has achieved many accolades in the realm of music. He is a very talented musician, choreographer and singer-songwriter. His chart topping songs have made Bruno Mars one of the most successful musicians and he was even named one of Time’s most influential people in 2011. Bruno Mars career is still on the rise and won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
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ET Networks announced today the first group of performers and presenters set to take the stage at the 2017 “BET Awards”. The iconic annual show will have performances from some of the biggest names in music including Bruno Mars, Future, Migos, Trey Songz and Tamar Braxton. The “BET Awards” has set the standard for one of the most intently unconventional, news-provoking broadcasts. Hosted by
stand-up comedian Leslie Jones, the “BET Awards” is sure to include unforgettable moments, appearances and performances you won’t want to miss! The 2017 “BET Awards” will air LIVE on Sunday, June 25 at 8 pm ET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA on BET. In addition, leading entertainers across television, film, sports, comedy and music join as presenters at the “BET Awards” 2017 including Yara Shahidi, Cardi B, Issa Rae,
The Migos are this generation’s hottest group right now. With their raps, beats and style, Migos are truly “for the culture.” The group’s rise to stardom is truly admirable and shows that you must never give up. With chart-topping hits like ‘Bad and Boujee,” the group has accomplished multiple accolades in a short period of time. We know that Migos has a very successful career ahead of them and we’re here for it.
Jamie Foxx, La La Anthony, the cast of Universal Pictures’ “Girls Trip” (Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, with Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah), Trevor Noah, Robin Thede, Cari Champion and Demetrius Shipp Jr.. These names represent some of the most accomplished talent and rising stars in the industry today. As previously announced, Beyoncé dominates this year’s nominations with a total of seven including ‘Best Female R&B/Pop Artist,’ ‘Best Collaboration’ with Kendrick Lamar for “Freedom,” ‘Video of the Year,’ and ‘Album of the Year’ for Lemonade. Bruno Mars follows with five nods including ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘Best Male R&B/Pop Artist,’ and ‘Video of the Year’ for “24K Magic.” Other nominees include Solange, nominated for four awards and who is up against sister Beyoncé for ‘Best Female R&B/Pop Artist.’ Chance the Rapper and Migos receive four nominations as well, Chance the Rapper nominated for ‘Best Male Hip-Hop Artist’ and ‘Best New Artist’ and Migos for ‘Best Group’ and ‘Best Collaboration’ for their #1 hit “Bad and Boujee” with Lil Uzi Vert. Award. A full list of the 2017 “BET Awards” nominees is available here. The 2017 “BET Awards” will premiere around the world on BET’s international networks. It will air in the UK on 10 HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY
Tuesday, June 27th at 9:00pm BST, in Africa on Tuesday, June 27th at 8:00pm CAT, and in France on Wednesday, June 28th at 9:00pm CEST. Fan voting for the “Best International Act: Europe” and “Best International Act: Africa” categories opens today and will close on May 26. Internationally, fans in 100 countries can also stream the 2017 “BET Awards” live with BET Play, BET International’s subscription video on demand application. The iOS and Android app, which also features current and classic BET television series, documentaries, standup comedy and legendary musical performances, will carry a live feed of the red carpet and the Awards, and is available for download now in the iTunes and Google Play stores for $3.99 a month following a seven-day free trial. Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment serves as Executive Producer. Connie Orlando, BET’s Senior Vice President of Music and Specials serves as Executive Producers for BET Networks. The “BET Awards” will take place along with the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles from June 22-25, 2017. BET.com/betawards is the official site for the “BET Awards” and will have all the latest news and updates about this year’s show. VIP Packages for the 5th year of
Trey Songz is said to be R. Kelly of our era. With his catchy lyrics and good looks, Trey Songz was destined to be a star. The Grammy nominated singer is more than just that. Songz is a singer-songwriter who acts and is involved in numerous charities. His career is still peaking and Songz is still one of the most relevant male R&B singers to date. His solo songs along with his features make his name and voice very recognizable. Trey Songz will continue shine as a powerful male R&B vocalist.
FUTURE Future’s consistent dedication to dropping the best hits makes him who is today. The rapper’s hard work puts him at the top of many lists. His recent albums Future and Hndrxx dropped back to back, just one week after another. The success of both albums led him to be the first rapper to take over his own No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top 200 chart. The self-titled album Future hit No. 1 when it debuted and Hndrxx took that spot the week after! He is the definition of “my only competition is myself.” His career continues to peak and he will continue to reach success.
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TAMAR BRAXTON Tamar Braxton is a multiGrammy nominated singer who’s personality shines through in everything she does. Braxton has grown from being a member of The Braxtons, to being a well-known solo singer, television personality and actress. She continues to charm the masses with her witty humor and compelling vocals. Tamar Braxton’s talents have taken her far, making her one of the most recognizable names in music and media today.
BET.com/betawards is the official site for the “BET Awards” and will have all the latest news and updates about this year’s show the BET Experience weekend are better than ever and now on-sale. In addition to VIP amenities throughout the weekend and incredible seats for STAPLES Center shows, three levels of BETX VIP Packages offer guests the only opportunity to purchase tickets to the highly-anticipated BET Awards, broadcast live from Microsoft Theater. Last year the in-demand VIP Packages sold out, so guests are encouraged to purchase now before the allotment is depleted. Full package amenities and pricing for the Diamond, Platinum and Gold VIP Packages can be found by visiting BETExperience.com or by calling (877) 2348425. Follow the BET Experience on Twitter @betexperience for the latest and greatest and join the hottest conversation by using #BETX. Feel free to also check us out online at http://www.betexperience.com.
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ina Lelim Nacionales is a successful entrepreneur, businesswoman, philanthropist and CEO of Nacionales & Associates, Inc and the winner of 4 major awards at Classic Mrs. Asia International 2015. Vina bagged 4 major awards in one of the international pageants held in Malaysia last June 2015. She was crowned Classic Mrs. Asia International Goodwill. According to Mrs. Asia International website, the pageant is all about married women – young wives, mothers and even grandmothers from Asian countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, India and many more, who come together to share a common purpose: to foster better communication, culture, friendship and mutual understanding among all Asian people. Vina also declared Mrs. Charity Queen, Mrs. Popularity and Esteegold Ambassador. She was also among the top 3 Best in Talent. We have the privilege to chat with Vina and we are extremely inspired by her unique story and her road to success. HWM: Could you tell us about where you grew up. Vina: I was born and raised in Lambunao, Iloilo. I was the second eldest among 7 children in our family. I graduated from the University of Iloilo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. HWM: Let’s talk about your childhood, are there any challenges or struggles you’ve encountered when you were in the province?
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“Being successful is a fruit of your hard work, perseverance and most of all your determination” Vina: In my early childhood, I already experienced hardship because my parents cannot afford to buy us enough food, clothes and other personal things. Life wasn’t easy at that time. I got married and had two children. I need to help feed my family. There was a time that I need to sell bread and rice. Because my father was a farmer, my mother was a street vendor. I need to help them in order for me to finish school. I worked in a sewing company as a secretary and bookkeeper. But my hard work paid off when I graduated and earned my Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Iloilo in the Philippines. HWM: Would you like to tell us the story of your journey to the USA? Vina: I had to make a crucial decision to save my family from poverty. With the last of the resources that I had at that time, I am armed only with courage, faith and full of determination; I went to the US, to search for a better life. From the start, it was not easy, so many rough road, numerous challenges and disappointments. I decided to widen my idea and continue to learn. I took up nursing classes to become a certified home health nurse. My life took a different turn when I worked for Mrs. Sara Freeman, wife of the former Mayor of Beverly Hills, as her private nurse. Soon after, I took Mrs. Freeman into my home (which later we converted into a board and care facility) and took care of her for 12 years. Through my sheer hard work, I already started to build my name and my business as well and dedicate my life to the healthcare profession and opened my own healthcare business in Los Angeles, California. HWM: What was about The United States that appealed to you? Vina: When I got married, our life was not easy. So I need to work because we have a lot of expenses. In order for us to survive, I need to go to the US. I aimed for change to have a comfortable and happy life, because a successful businesswoman, enjoy life to the fullest, and work hard to support my family. I did not want to be poor again. HWM: What was the most memorable experience when you visited America for the first time?
Vina: When I arrived in the US, I only have $10, but I was so determined to succeed and I did a lot of jobs to survive. I became a caregiver, I cooked and delivered food to the Filipino offices, I became a housekeeper, I worked in the nursing registry, and then I found out that they pay well. So I went to school and became a certified nurse. HWM: Tell us about the process of adapting to life in America. What are the biggest cultural differences that you’ve noticed or the challenges you encountered? Vina: Life in America is totally different than our simple life in the Philippines. Being away from my own family to look for a greener pasture in America is definitely a big challenge for me. When it comes to the culture and way of living is also dissimilar but of course I had to adjust to embrace it all for the sake of my family. HWM: How do you define success? Vina: Being successful is a fruit of your hard work, perseverance and most of all your determination. I always focus on where I’m going, not on where I have been. I dream big and I don’t stop until I achieve it. I am HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY 19
HWM: What advice would you give to someone who’s considering immigrating to another country who is seeking greener pastures? Vina: If you really have an ambition, just keep on working, be honest, just keep on trying and find means to finally achieve your goals. Don’t give up. Focus on your goals, ask yourself what you need, immerse in all good things and find a better niche. Think big. If you can see it, you can achieve it. Don’t quit, dream big. Be proud of who you are and be a role model. Live your life to the fullest, just enjoy life. Always pray to the Lord and ask for proper guidance. HWM: Do you have a website and fan page so that our readers could follow and check you online. Vina: Please visit my website: www.vinanacionales.com and like my fan page: https://www.facebook.com/LudiVina-Nacionales
so proud and blessed as a mother of beautiful son and a daughter and five gorgeous, amazing and smart grandchildren. They’re my treasures who I always cherish throughout their lives and watch them grow up the way I wanted them to be. HWM: Is there any regrets in the past experiences or how can you describe your present life? Vina: As a 70 year old woman with all the trials, tribulations, and success in life, I don’t want to change anything and I have no regrets at all. Because all those experienced made me strong, determined, and Godfearing person. I am what I am today due to my life experiences and with the influence of the people who I met in this journey with the guidance of God. At present I am proud of the life I have lived so far, although I made mistakes, but I have learned and have grown from them. 20 HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY
Here are some of Vina’s numerous achievements: Mrs. Gawad America 2016 Nominee, Outstanding Community Civic Leader and Philanthropist – recognized by LA City Mayor Eric Garcetti, Carson City Mayor Jim Dear and California State Senator Bob Huff. A licensed State Administrator for a Residential Care Facility (RCPE), Licensed Certified Nurse of the State of California (CAN/ HHA); Fil-am Lions Club Member, given numerous certificates of appreciation for her generous support to the club, Rotary Club member of Makati Century City District 3830, Soroptimist International member, Outstanding mother of the Year and Community Civic Leader 2007-2008; Business Woman of the Year Pamana Awardee 2009-2010; National Association of Senior Care Awardee 2011; America’s Mrs. Philippines 2002, Fabulous Woman in Red Awardee 2012; World of Life Giving Ministries Awardee 2012; Hermana Mayor St. John the Baptist Catholic Church 2013; Fil-am Press Club Queen and Celebrity Roastee at the Beverly Hills Country Club 2013; Gawad Award Amerika Awardee in Hollywood 2013; Award of Excellence in Healthcare Services Awardee 2013; Judge, Miss Philippines America 2013; Hermana Mayor St. John the Baptist Catholic Church 2013-2014; Judge, Mrs. New York Philippines Beauty Pageant 2014 and Gawad Award America Awardee 2014; Hermana Mayor Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angeles; President-Friends of Filipino American Press Club of California (FAPCCA) 2015. The good thing about Vina is she remains as she is. She always wanted to inspire a lot of people, especially women. Being positive in life, God fearing, good relationship with your families and friends, passionate and learn how to give back – these are Vina’s features on her road to success.
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Foreigner Announces 40th Anniversary Canadian Tour Dates and Forthcoming Musical
“Juke Box Hero”
oreigner’s 10-city Canadian tour is set to launch in Calgary, AB on October 11th, and trek across Western Canada as the band - Mick Jones (lead guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar) and Chris Frazier (drums) – bring Foreigner’s arsenal of hits to Canada. Tickets go on sale June 2nd, 2017 at www.jeffparrypromotions.com/foreigner. This tour will feature a companion album, a new careerspanning compilation titled 40 that features 40 hits from 40 years. RHINO will release 40 on May 26th as a double-CD set that includes 40 songs recorded between 1977 and 2017. A double-vinyl version that features 23 songs will be released on June 2. 40 brings together the best songs from Foreigner’s nine studio albums, including all 16 of its Top 30 hits: “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You” and more. The collection features “Too Late” from the group’s 2008 retrospective No End In Sight and “The Flame Still
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Check out the tour at any of the following stops. Fans can check out www.jeffparrypromotions.com/foreigner for updates on tour dates and news. Wed Oct 11 Calgary, AB – Southern Alberta Jubilee Thu Oct 12 Edmonton, AB – Northlands Coliseum Fri Oct 13 Red Deer, AB – Enmax Centrium Sun Oct 15 Lethbridge, AB – Enmax Centre Mon Oct 16 Regina, SK – Conexus Arts Centre Tue Oct 17 Saskatoon, SK – TCU Place Thu Oct 19 Dawson Creek, BC – Encana Events Centre Fri Oct 20 Prince George, BC – CN Centre Sat Oct 21 Penticton, BC – South Okangan Events Centre Sun Oct 22 Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Centre
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FOREIGNER, the band behind these and other classic and iconic songs, is turning 40 this year and celebrating with a Canadian tour, 40th Anniversary Album, and new musical; Juke Box Hero, premiering in Alberta sometime in 2018. Burns,” the title track from a vinyl EP released just last year, making its debut on CD in this collection. All prior recordings have been remastered and the album features two new tracks recorded especially for this release, “Give My Life For Love” and a new version of “I Don’t Want To Live Without You.” Another milestone as part of Foreigner’s 40th Anniversary celebration is the announcement of the forthcoming musical, Juke Box Hero, premiering in Alberta in 2018. Based on the screenplay written by the prolific writing duo, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, responsible for films The Commitments and Across The Universe, and The Tracey Ullman TV Show, Juke Box Hero is a coming of age saga written to the music of Foreigner.
“I never could have imagined when I set out to create Foreigner forty years ago, that we’d still be touring around the world and performing the music we love all these years later,” says founding member and lead guitarist Mick Jones. “I am so proud that these songs will now be reinterpreted for stage, and am honored by the team that is helping bring this music to life. I can’t express the gratitude I feel when fans share stories of how our songs have been woven into their milestones and memories over the years. I had so many great times with Foreigner in Canada and I look forward to bringing the band back here for our 40th anniversary tour. I’m thrilled that Canada will see the premiere of our brand new musical, Juke Box Hero, in 2018.” Since the 1977 release of their first hit “Feels Like The First Time” and their self-titled debut album on Atlantic Records, FOREIGNER has been universally hailed as one of the world’s most popular rock acts with 10 multiplatinum albums, 16 Top 30 hits, and worldwide album sales exceeding 75 million. Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold as Ice,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Long, Long Way From Home,” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” FOREIGNER continues to rock the charts more than thirty years into the game. Recent albums including Juke Box Heroes, a new compilation of digitally recorded Foreigner hits, and The Best of Foreigner 4 & More, recorded live from The Borgata, Atlantic City, both entered the Billboard Top 200 chart. Foreigner also featured strongly in every category in Billboard’s recently released “Greatest of All Time” listing. Catalog sales often eclipse those of Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Def Leppard, Van Halen and most of their Classic Rock peers (Source: Nielsen SoundScan 2/11/16 - 2/3/16).
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this year at the CASA BACARDÍ onsite and at the After Dark series in Manhattan.
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ustralian rapper Tkay Maidza did a surprise encore at the CASA BACARDÍ after her performance on the main stage. She brought the dance floor down and fans got the chance to get up close & personal with her for a thirty-minute set, especially when Maidza jumped into the crowd and started dancing along. Tkay told guests she was just wrapping up her east coast tour, calling this performance ‘the finale’. Next, she revealed she is working on a top secret project in Jamaica, adding she’s “keeping the rum vibes going to Jamaica.”
goers all day and night. Headliner Chance The Rapper also made a surprise drop in at the Bacardi Stage when he popped up for friend Francis and the Lights’ set in the afternoon. He later brought them out on the main stage, where they performed their collaboration ‘May I Have This Dance’ during his show. As the sun set across the river, the After Dark series mixed by BACARDÍ started heating up at Ludlow House in the Lower East Side. In an exclusive set, The Knocks played their infectious dance hits all night long while guests sipped mojitos.
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Oxana Lovich had a true passion for acting and at the age of seventeen she got her start in the theatre. There she received on the job training and knowledge, in particular, the Stanislavski method of acting. Oxana was also a competitive ballroom dancer. At this young age, she became very interested in spirituality and self development, which has led her to currently be a life coach. All this experience has made her a great actress.
Lovich There is a combination of positivity, innocence and intelligence that makes me a unique artist
hank you for taking the time for this interview. As you know there are many people aspiring to become successful in Hollywood. Letâ€™s start this by learning more about you, please tell me about yourself.
HW: You mention that you are originally from Russia,but your exotic look suggest that your DNA is quite unique.
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What is your DNA? In other words, where are your parents from? OL: I was born in Russia. My mother is Jewish, and my father is half Russian, half Ukrainian. If I describe myself I would say I am a person that everyone wants to be around with because of my light magnetic charming energy. There is a combination of positivity, innocence and intelligence that makes me a unique artist.
HW: When did you know that you wanted to become an actor? What steps did you take to pursue this dream?
communication ever since. She really is an incredible person.
OL: As early as 13 years of age, I knew acting was my life’s purpose. At the age of sixteen I started taking acting classes with the best Russian coaches in Moscow, and working in the finest Russian theatres where I was practicing Stanislavsky Method of Acting. However my true dream was to become an actress in the US. At the first opportunity I moved to Los Angeles, where I have continued pursuing, and improving my craft.
HW: In speaking with Ms.Lujan, I understand that during a typical casting call everyone generally have the look, and fit the basic description required for the role being cast. So in the brief moments an actor has to impress the casting director you already know they are looking for insight into your capabilities, maybe seeking your range of emotion as an actor.
HW: So you have transplanted to Los Angeles, welcome. What do you like and what have you discovered about the people that you have met living here?
2017 • The House (completed) Casino Waitress • Mac Daddy’s Vegas Adventure (completed) Bertina • Dreams Come True (Short) Danielle •Katarina (Short) Katarina
OL: Los Angeles is my city!!! I felt it even before I came here. I love that Los Angeles is the city of creativity, freedom and art. What I especially like about the people here is their spirit: positive energy and creative vibes! In Los Angeles I have met highly evolved spiritual people who led me to freedom in my spiritual evolution. What I mean is: there is an easy access to spiritual books and the greatest coaches here compare to the city I was born in. In addition to that I feel highly motivated to create wonderful masterpieces due to the welcoming atmosphere in the city: the weather, healthy foods, friendly people, and etc.. HW: You were referred to our magazine by a prominent casting director. I understand that you have a leading role on a new television or film project. series. What series have you previously appeared in that prepared you for your current role?
2016 • Turbulence Beautiful girl at the club • Beyond the Game Jessica • Bosch (TV Series) Oxana - Gone (2016) ... Oxana • Blow Cut (Short) Phoenix (Stripper / Kinky’s Patron #5)
Yes, among others, I was a co-lead in the movie Katarina. I was also in the TV Show Bosch. Every project I have ever performed in had taught me so much about me, and prepared me to next role. When I take any role, I study it for hours or even months, depending on how much time I have. The more I practice being in somebody else shoe: playing life of another person, the more it becomes a part of me. Therefore, the next role, even if my character has a different perspective, in some ways resembles the other character, since we are all human, and the emotions that we are expressing are the same. And of course the more I play, the easier it gets. HW: I mention that a prominent Casting Director referred you, how did you meet Crystal Lujan? OL: I met Crystal when I was auditioning for one of her projects. She liked my professionalism and attitude. We exchanged contact information, and we have been in
OL: When auditioning, I am truly living the part. I enjoy a playful spirit and, therefore, it is NEVER about impressing. Expressing myself and knowing what I am here to do as a character is my primary concern. Again, it is never about being liked by a casting director, but rather about the story!! HW: So tell me, what is the most dangerous thing that you have ever done? OL: I would not use the word dangerous describing my life. I would substitute it for the word exciting. Since I found my path in life and I am following it. So everything that I do is exciting!!!I HW: What about your background, in your opinion, qualifies you to warrant being featured in a major staring role in a feature film, or why do you feel that Hollywood Weekly Magazine should being conducting this interview to tell our readers about you? OL: My varied background experiences abroad, combined with my life coaching as well as writing skills make me unique. Living in Russia for the most part of my life influenced my acting skills. I believe characters are being cast due to a vibrational match to a role. Well, there is a part of me that is always be Russian, and playing Russian and European characters are incredibly easy for me. Learning psychology and self-development influenced my acting skills greatly. Since I believe that an actor is a psychologist in a way. It is never about judging the character, but accepting the inner truth of it. Being a writer has helped me to see the story with the eyes of the director, which really helps me to learn about my character faster. All of the above lend me giving a different outlook to the way I play a role. HW: Please tell me more about your current project. Are there any future projects that are also in the works? OL: Well, I just finished working in two films-Mac Daddy Vegas Adventures, and Katarina. It was one of the most wonderful experiences in my life in this year, since I had an opportunity working with Thomas C Howell, and other incredible actors, and playing a role of a very sophisticated, high class lady with a compelling temperament. I am currently working on a project that I am unable to discuss. I can just say one thing. I am playing an enlightened character with a Cinderella like ending! Thank you very much for wonderful questions.
OXANA LOVICH: imdb.com/name/nm5765557/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm
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The 2017 Jury of the Cannes International Film Festival at the Mouton Cadet Wine Bar
he 2017 Cannes festival Jury including President Pedro Almodóvar, Will Smith, Jessica Chastain, Paolo Sorrentino, Agnès Jaoui, Maren Ade, Fan Bingbing, Park Chan-wook & Gabriel Yared gathered one last time at the Mouton Cadet Wine Bar after announcing the 70th Cannes International Film Festival Award Winners. Over the weekend, cinematographer Christopher Doyle received the prestigious Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens in Cinematography award at The Mouton Cadet Wine Bar surrounded by some of the most significant directors and actors in the industry, including Academy award winner Juliette Binoche. The award pays tribute to a director whose work has made a historic mark in the world of cinema. Throughout the festival, film producers, actors, and directors gathered at The Mouton Cadet Wine Bar to take in beautiful sunsets and unwind. Before being 30 HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY
awarded the festival’s highest award, the Palme d’Or, The Square cast including director Ruben Öslund and actors Dominic West and Claes Baeng stopped by The Mouton Cadet Wine Bar for exclusive photos on May 20th. American directors Randal Kleiser and Abel Ferrara also stopped by the Mouton Cadet Wine Bar to enjoy the Sunset Aperitif series.
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Christopher Doyle and Jenny Suen at the Mouton Cadet Wine Bar
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Being based in Sweden, IMA Content focuses on bringing professional talent from Scandinavia to the international market as well as working locally. IMA Content believes in actors that are well rounded and diverse in talent. We have actors that work in different countries around the world all the time, and often take on roles that are not in their native tongue. Talent Manager Maria Vascsak is herself a product of dual countries. She is Swedish with Hungarian heritage and speakes the language fluently. Vascsak studied and lived abroad for many many years as well. She has called Paris, Brussels, Monaco, Menlo Park California and Mahway New Jersey home at one time or another. Therefore, the international angle became a natural ingredient in her business.
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-Even though Swedish actors and artists really have helped to put Sweden on the map lately – we still live in a pretty small country. I was sure that the international angle would be crucial first and foremost for my incredibly versatile talent, for me and the agency. I also think that the industry is changing; we’re seeing more diversity and inclusion. As a Talent Manager today, I think you need to look at the whole world as your playing field, and not just the country that you’re based in, Maria Vascsak continues. We do it all. Contract negotiations, branding, Visa applications, collaborations with photographers in order to always have someone standing by for various shoots and much more. As a manager, she is also always on top of what the actors might need to improve and change in order to get called in as she sees what’s being cast and submits her talent via the Breakdowns. Maria Vascsak of IMA Content also has some very close and incredibly important relationships with agents in the US. - To some extent, it’s a full-service agency which of course requires a lot of work but at the same time allows me the close relationship with the talent which is crucial for all of this to work. Also, it enables me to customize my services which I think is key for everyone involved.
Our concept is simple and highly effective and IMA Content’s goal is to have continuous growth by bringing specific niche talents to the agency with diversity and international appeal. Through our many years of experience we can and will help them create a platform to leverage their career path to new heights. The rapidly changing media landscape is ripe for new creative solutions, and our intent at IMA Content is to help find them and develop our clients’ ultimate brand identity. IMA Content and Hollywood Weekly Magazine have an amazing collaboration which has solidified over the years. IMA Content was responsible for both the promotional trailer and the trailer that opened the Hollywood Weekly Film Festival last year. This year IMA Content and Vascsak will co-produce the spectacular event. IMA Content, with Talent Manager Maria Vascsak at the helm, has grown substantially over a short period of time. It has proven over and over that the concept of boutique agency, close and particularly personal relationships with the talent, combining production and collaboration within the film industry, is the way of the future. Vascsak, undoubtedly, always seems to be a step ahead…
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Maria Vascsak Co-Founder / CEO / Talent Manager / Producer IMA Content Language: Bilingual: Swedish - Hungarian / English / German / French Talents in Sweden / Los Angeles / New York / London Mail: email@example.com Phone: SWE: +46 739 10 59 02 / U.S +1 (917) 717 90 91 IMDb: www.imdb.me/mariavascsak IMA Content is a modern Scandinavian talent management and production agency with an international roster of actors, directors and storyboard artists. IMA is made up of 100 years of creative experience who together form the most unique content around. IMA is represented in Stockholm, London, New York and Los Angeles. IMA has a very special relationship with Hollywood Weekly Magazine and its Film Festival. To keep up with IMA Content, their talents and productions follow IMA Content on: Facebook: www.facebook.com/imacontent/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/imacontent/ Twitter: www.twitter.com/imacontent
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LA THEATRE BEAT It’s the annual Fringe Festival and here are the shows that are opening this month:
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“Bitch Brow” A tough townie chick and an uptight young woman clash over career choices. Written by Demetra Kareman, and directed by Tara Karsian, it runs June 2 through June 24 at the Lounge Theater in Hollywood. For tickets visit www.hollywoodfringe. org/projects/4296?tab=tickets.
“Dogfight” On the eve of their deployment to a growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final night of partying and debauchery. Written by Peter Duchan, with music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, and directed by Jennifer Oundjian and Jennifer Strattan, it runs June 2 through June 25 at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre in Hollywood. For tickets visit www.plays411.com/ dogfight. “In the Valley of the Shadow” An apocalyptic event in an LGBT nightclub changes everything; love becomes hate, hate becomes love. Written by Katherine Cortez, and directed by Elina de Santos, it runs June 2 through June 24 at the Rogue Machine Theatre (in The Met) in Los Angeles. For tickets call 855-585-5185 or visit www.roguemachinetheatre.net/now-playing.
“Little Shop of Horrors” A flower shop assistant discovers an unusual plant which feeds only on human flesh and blood. Written by Howard Ashman, with music by Alan Menken, and directed by J. Bailey Burcham, it runs June 2 through June 18 at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand Oaks. For tickets call 805-381-1246 or visit www.HillcrestArts.com. “Nothing Bad: A Werewolf Rock Musical” tells the story of Perfection, California, where everything is exactly that—perfect. Written and directed by Erik Blair, with music by Daniel Sugimoto, it runs June 2 through June 24 at the Studio/Stage in Los Angeles. For tickets visit www.hollywoodfringe. org/projects/4168.
“We Are Not These Hands” Two cagey 15 year olds, Moth and Belly, live in the ruins of a dystopian society where filth is abundant and the addiction to consumerism is incessant. Written by Sheila Callaghan, and directed by Larry Biederman, it runs June 2 through June 24 at the Rogue Machine Theatre (in The Met) in Los Angeles. For tickets call 855-585-5185 or visit www.roguemachinetheatre.net/now-playing. 38 HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY
“An Evening with John Wilkes Booth” John Wilkes Booth was a great actor, but his father and brother were even greater, and his jealousy and his love for the South and slavery lead him to commit the heinous crime for which he is known. Written by Lloyd J. Schwartz and Clinton Case, and directed by Lloyd J. Schwartz, it runs June 3 through June 24 at the Complex Theatre (Flight space) in Los Angeles. For tickets visit www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/4579.
“Lyman” When a woman has a chance encounter with a homeless man she thinks she recognizes, she begins to wonder what his life could have been like had he made different choices. Written and directed by Anne Johnstonbrown, it runs June 3 through June 18 at the Hudson Backstage Theatre in Hollywood. For tickets call 323856-4249 or visit www.plays411.com/lymantheplay. “The Merchant of Venice” In 2017, Shakespeare’s comic tragedy, arguably one of the most controversial plays ever written, continues to raise penetrating questions about racism, religion, mercy and justice. Written by William Shakespeare, and directed by Ellen Geer, it runs June 3 through October 1 at the Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga. For tickets call 310-4553723 or visit www.theatricum.com. “Nicky” Under the piercing desert sun, characters plod through the unforgiving heat, clinging to their self-described identities while chasing after and running away from their true desires. Written by Boni B. Alvarez, and directed by Beth Lopes, it runs June 3 through July 1 at the Greenway Court Theatre in Los Angeles. For tickets call 323-673-0544 or visit www.greenwaycourttheatre.org/nicky.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” The most magical outdoor setting in Los Angeles is once again transformed into an enchanted forest inhabited by lovers both fairy and human. Written by William Shakespeare, and directed by Melora Marshall, it runs June 4 through September 4 at the Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga. For tickets call 310-455-3723 or visit www.theatricum.com.
“My Janis” is a window into Janis Joplin’s private world as she struggles to find her identity in the summer of 1966. Written and directed by Arianna Veronesi, it runs June 4 through June 25 at the New Collective Mainstage in Hollywood. For tickets visit www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/4563?tab=tickets. “October Baby” What happens when a detail-obsessed “Nosferatu, A Symphony in Terror” From the fervent mind of Bram Stoker’s Dracula…filtered through the lens of Friedrich Murnau…comes an experience so unique that you will remember it for the rest of your life. Written by Friedrich Murnau, and directed by William A. Reilly, it runs June 3 through June 24 at the Studio/Stage in Los Angeles. For tickets call 818-605-5685 or visit www.HFF17.com/4556.
“The Spidey Project” Nerdy social outcast Peter Parker takes on an alter ego as he attempts to defeat a dastardly collection of terrifying villains and perhaps his biggest nemesis of all: himself. Written and directed by Justin Moran, with music by Jordan Ostrowski, it runs June 3 through June 24 at the Studio/Stage in Los Angeles. For tickets call 818-849-4039 or visit www.hollywoodfringe. org/projects/4398. “Thanksgiving”
Chloe Patterson has invited her perfect fiancé to what she will make sure is the perfect Thanksgiving, despite her very imperfect family. Written by Tiffany Cascio, and directed by Kitty Lindsay, it runs June 3 through June 23 at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood. For tickets call 323-455-4585 or visit www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/4549.
“Three Can Keep a Secret”
Whack the mark. Stage the scene. Take the money. Retire to Cabo. That’s how it was supposed to go down. But for poor wannabe gangsters Moose and Sonny, a really bad night is only just beginning. Written by Gregory Crafts, and directed by Jacob Smith, it runs June 3 through June 24 at the Studio/Stage in Los Angeles. For tickets call 818-849-4039 or visit www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/4735.
“Trump in Space” Four hundred years from now, thanks to the stripping away of EPA regulations, the earth has blown up. Two human factions survive and are on the hunt for Polaris 4, a planet capable of sustaining human life. Written by Gillian Bellinger and Landon Kirksey, with music by Tony Gonzalez and Sam Johnides, and directed by Matt Zettell, it runs June 3 through June 24 at the Actors Company Let Live Theater in Hollywood. For tickets call 323455-4585 or visit www.hff17.com/4764.
woman tries to time the birth of her child to occur during her favorite month of the year? A hilarious look at motherhood. Written by Brooke Baumer, and directed by Jessica Lynn Johnson, it runs June 4 through June 24 at the Sacred Fools Theater Black Box in Los Angeles. For tickets visit www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/4321.
“Tough Brown Leather” Sara is the spunky, eight-year-old star running back of her street football team. But off the field, she can’t outrun the attack of a predator. Written by Tonya Jones, and directed by Michael Philip Edwards, it runs June 4 through June 24 at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood. For tickets call 323-863-3643 or visit www.hff17.com/4588.
“Moments” A road rage confrontation stirs up painful memories for a woman in her late 30’s. Unable to shake off the incident once she gets home, she reaches out to her counselor at a women’s medical health center. Written and directed by Bernadette Armstrong, it runs June 5 through June 25 at the Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre in Hollywood. For tickets call 818-437-0177 or visit www.hff17.com/4364. “A Harmony Boys Christmas” It’s Christmas Eve 1962 and renowned singing sensations The Harmony Boys are presenting their annual yuletide singing, dancing, musical comedy extravaganza. Written and directed by Aaron Matijasic, with music by Ben Stanton, it runs June 8 through June 24 at the Sacred Fools Theater Mainstage in Hollywood. For tickets call www.hff17.com/4661.
“The Pride” In 1958, Philip is married to Sylvia, but is secretly attracted to her colleague, Oliver. In 2008, Philip lives with his boyfriend Oliver, who continually destroys their relationship, and turns to their friend Sylvia for support. Written by Alexi Kaye Campbell, and directed by Michael Arden, it runs June 8 through July 9 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. For tickets call 310-746-4000 or visit www.TheWallis.org.
“Crimes of the Heart” Examines the plight of three Mississippi sisters betrayed by their passions as each is forced to come to terms with her “crimes of the heart”. Written by Beth Henley, and directed by Luke Yankee, it runs June 9 through June 25 at the INTERNATIONAL CITY THEATRE Long Beach Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. For tickets call 562-436-4610 or visit www. InternationalCityTheatre.org. HOLLYWOOD 39 HOLLYWOODWEEKLY WEEKLY 39
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Published on Jun 7, 2017
From the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta to the bright lights of Hollywood, read the awe inspiring journey of an American original, M...