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GUINNESS IN AMERICA

OCTOBER 2017

CHEERS TO TWO HUNDRED YEARS

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DAME MUNNI IRONE N OF BEBERLY HILLS THE PHILANTHROPIST QUEE COMPLEMENTARY CELEBRATING HER 40 YEAR OF AND HOLLYWOOD SERVICES TO BEVERLY HILLS

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A LETTER FROMTHE EDITOR In this, our October issue we are honored to feature an exclusive interview with Ms. Munni Irone. There are those who watch what is going on, those that want to know what is going on, and those who do their best to do something about what is going on. Here is a beautiful woman who is doing her best to make a difference to improve the status of world conditions who PRATHER JACKSON is addressed by many titles. She has worn the description of philanthropist Queen of Beverly Hills, Global Peace Leader. She is a friend to the homeless, the disadvantaged. And now she continues to travel around the world making friends with global leaders and promoting peace, Queen Dame Dr. Munni Irone. Be sure to read our coverage of the Hollywood Weekly Magazine Film Festival’s 4th annual glitzy gala held this September 23rd, on the lot at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. Well established and new talent alike streamed in from all four corners of the globe walked on the red carpet, donning their most glamorous ensembles and rubbing elbows with industry heavy weights. We extend a special thanks to Maria Vescsak, CEO of IMA Content, our film festival partners, on this year’s event. 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. Also be sure to see our new holiday coverage. Katie Holmes relaunches iconic toy retailer FAO SCHWARZ and debuts the new exclusive FAO SCHWARZ holiday collection. And we wish to offer a special acknowledgement Russian actress Oxana Lovich and Elena Lapid Salonga. Ms. Salonga is a hard-working house wife and mom turned entrepreneurial success. From making school lunches and tucking in her kids each night, to providing food to the American public. She owns a food manufacturing company and just recently opened a restaurant serving delicious Filipino cuisine. And finally congratulations to Iconic Irish Brewer “Guinness” celebrating its 200th Anniversary! Enjoy,

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TRAVELING FOR PEACE A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN WHO IS DOING HER BEST TO MAKE

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IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT LIKE MINDED INDIVIDUALS MULTIPLY THE SENTIMENTS TO UNITE THE WORLD WITH LOVE AND PEACE. LOVE MAKES THE WORLD GO AROUND. IT IS ACTUALLY THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPON IN THE WORLD.

BY CARMELITA PITTMAN There are those who watch what is going on, those that want to know what is going on, and those who do their best to do something about what is going on. There is a beautiful woman who is doing her best to make a difference to improve the status of world conditions who is addressed by many titles. She has worn the description of philanthropist Queen of Beverly Hills, Global Peace Leader. She is a friend to the homeless, the disadvantaged. And now she continues to travel around the world making friends with global leaders and promoting peace, Queen Dame Dr. Munni Irone. In the the city of Gujarat, Prime Minister Modi oversaw a tree planting which she initiated in an historical garden. The tree planting was organized by the Honorary Sonal Joshi, an advocate and prominent public figure. This was also the occasion of their Independence Day in which Dame Munni Irone also raised the flag with other delegates. She attended an interfaith event in Mumbai where she was a special guest in the company of His Holiness Dalai Lama , Baba Ram Dev which was organized by Dr. Lokesh Muni, a global peace leader. Her next stop was Sri Lanka where she met with seven ministers, speakers of the Parliament who gave her a gift. A tree planting was held at the United Nations headquarters next to a statue of Ghandi. She was named as United Nations peace ambassador and governor by the United Nations group at that occasion. The following day a Peace Summit was held at the Hebron Eco University where she received an Honorary Doctorate degree and a gold medal. The highest honor was the naming of the campus after her. At that occasion she wore clothing designed by Charitt Wijesekera with make-up by Ayeasiha Wijesekera.

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IN PARIS, FRANCE LEFT TO RIGHT: PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE 2020 ROBBY WELLS WITH BOUCHRA LEL MALIKI FROM MOROCCO, DR. DAME MUNNI IRONE

A prominent singer, Nayoni Weerattulize performed. While in India other names which she acknowledges are Tharindu Wijenayake, make-up artist Sonia Manchanda, designer Bivya Narang. Following her stay in Sri Lanka she ventured to Nepal, where tree plantings were held two days.

IN PARIS, FRANCE LEFT TO RIGHT: PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE 2020 ROBBY WELLS WITH BOUCHRA LEL MALIKI FROM MOROCCO, DR. DAME MUNNI IRONE

Ms Irone has recently returned to the U.S.A. from a string of trips to London, Taiwan, Australia, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Morocco, France, Italy, India and recently landed in New York where she attended the United Nations meeting. Ms. Irone and her counterparts have taken the mission of peace to heart. It is imperative that like minded individuals multiply the sentiments to unite the world with love and peace. Love makes the world go around. It is actually the most powerful weapon in the world.

QUEEN DAME DR. MUNNI IRONE CONTINUES TO TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD MAKING FRIENDS WITH GLOBAL LEADERS AND PROMOTING PEACE

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PRINCESS OF ARTS FOR PEACE. DR. ANOMA WEERARATNE AND DR. DAME MUNNI IRONE

DR. DAME MUNNI IRONE WITH ROYAL LEADERS, PEPPER JAY AND COMMUNITY AT TREE PLANTING EVENT AT THE ADEGBENRO ICT POLYTECHNIC THANKS TO MAJESTY KING ABDUL PATAJ

With the spiritual awakening granted to Dame Irone from her Shifu mentor at age 7, then her second Shifu mentor, Dr. Hong of FOWPal Federation, she meditates daily, soaking in the higher spiritual vibration to take her to another dimension. Instead of teaching she shares her lifestyle of calmness and contentment. It is not by chance that she has joined forces with like-minded individuals on this planet. Her travels have taken her to many experiences and leaving a mark behind which continues to resonate with world leaders. While in London she experienced prejudice from a young individual but her response of peace and love startled and inspired the bystanders. She wishes such an attitude to help heal and lead by example. Included in her role as a peace leader she has initiated several tree plantings in the countries she has visited with the participation of large gatherings of those communities. While attending such events she has always represented a regal image and has worn original fashions created by top fashion designers from the various countries she has visited. While abroad she has become a media sensation, interviewed on television and covered in the press. With the blessings and collaboration of various global

leaders she is looking forward to a bringing about a Global Peace Festival Sept. 21, 2018. The slogan is “Our Heart to Your Heart, Love and Peace” and “We are One” which has become her mantra. She will seek collaboration of peace leaders to make this event a reality. She initiated this project last year when she traveled to Africa with Pepper Jay. She is currently also collaborating with the iconic Alston Koch, princess of Bollywood Jacqueline Hernandez. Amongst the individuals whose paths she crossed she wishes to acknowledge and thank Dr. Veneeta Kapoor, Normal That, Mr & Mrs. Ajay Raj Sumarji, Angel Salon CEO Rupa Chhetri.

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he Hollywood Weekly Magazine Film Festival had its 4th annual glitzy gala evening September 23rd, on the lot at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. Well established and new talent alike streamed in from all four corners of the globe to walk the red carpet. Donning their most glamorous ensembles and rubbing elbows with industry heavy weights. The evening was hosted by Scandinavian actors Mikael Spreitz, known from his work in The Millenium Triology, and the talented and beautiful Angelika Roberts.

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The feature “Opus of An Angel” by AZ Film and Productions was selected to have its world premiere screening in the Charlie Chaplin Theatre followed by a special Q&A with the movie’s creators and leading actors. This year’s festivities were executive produced by the inimitable Maria Vascsak and IMA Content. Not a thing was out of place in the tuxedo and gown filled lot. There was almost a carnival atmosphere. The late afternoon sun setting over a stilt-walking mother and daughter act, tables filled with refreshments, photographers with their flashes lighting up the red carpet. The anticipation palpable.

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After drinks and refreshments, the award ceremony was held in the theater with international celeberties presenting. Former Miss World Ann Sidney, whose book ‘Surviving Miss World’ will be out soon, writer/director/actor Keith Sutliff, whose film ‘The Mason Brothers’ garnered several nominations and even some wins, and Swedish-American actress Elise Rovinsky, whose latest feature ‘How To Tell You’re A Douchebag’ premiered at Sundance, chief among them.

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INDIVIDUAL AWARDS BEST DIRECTOR Keith Sutliff, The Mason Brothers Ahmet Karaman, Dad where are you, I’m lost - WINNER Sheldon Schwartz, The Circle

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atie Holmes joined FAO Schwarz to unveil the return of the iconic toy retailer, FAO Schwarz and the launch of an extensive new holiday collection at an event at Bergdorf Goodman benefitting the nonprofit, KaBOOM at Bergdorf Goodman, NYC! Katie Holmes joined FAO Schwarz at the event in NYC, as well as KaBOOM!, a non-profit that brings active play to children, especially in underserved communities.

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Katie Holmes debuts the new FAO Schwarz holiday collection, which includes a range of innovative items for today’s modern toy lovers. Fans are invited to “Return to Wonder” with delightful, unexpected in-store encounters that incite curiosity, imagination and wonderment for all. Collection highlights include Live Video Streaming Coventry Aviation Drones, educational STEM products such as the Rollercoaster Building Set, items that spark creativity such as the Fashion Designer Activity Kit, and beloved classics such as oversized stuffed animals, toy soldiers and the brand’s memorable Dance Mat Piano. Holmes debuts her new pixie cut and wears Ralph Lauren.

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CHEERS TO TWO HUNDRED

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Iconic Irish Brewer to Release Limited Time Brew for the U.S. and Host Celebrations On Its East and West Coasts for 200thAnniversary

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he story begins on October 16th, 1817 with a single line in a brewer’s log. The handwritten note reveals the first eight barrels of Guinness beer – a exporter to be exact – meant for America would make their arrival in South Carolina. Ever since then, the bond between America and Ireland has continued to grow, from Irish immigrants searching for a better life to community leaders to, of course, Guinness and the countless pints – shared responsibly – with the people of the United States. The anniversary this fall is a celebration of a 200year love affair between a brewery and a people: Guinness and America. There’s no better time than now for the Guinness brand to say thank

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you to America by introducing the limited-edition Guinness 200th Anniversary Export Stout; bringing back a few favorite stout releases for a festive variety pack; and hosting a pair of public events in New York City and Los Angeles. “Two things have always been at the heart of the Guinness brand since our founding in 1759: brewing great beer and sharing our story,” said Emma Giles, Guinness Brand Director. “When we started brewing beer for America 200 years ago, that story became a shared one. Now, every time you share a pint with someone else, another chapter begins.” Guinness 200th Anniversary Export Stout is the latest beer created by the Open Gate Brewery – the pilot brewery located at St. James’s Gate in Dublin – where Guinness brewers experiment with new styles and reinterpret historical brews. Inspired by a recipe Benjamin Guinness – the son of Arthur Guinness – originally developed in 1817, this beer is brewed with Black Patent Malt and Golding Hops and has a 6% ABV. “We took a look at that export stout’s recipe from 1817 in our brewing records and used that as our inspiration here, but it’s not just an homage to who we were as brewers then or who America was as a country,” said Peter Simpson, Head Brewer at the Open Gate Brewery in Dublin. “We’re also using this beer as a way to show how much we’re looking forward to the next 200 years. We knew it had to be special, and we really think this throwback recipe captures exactly what we wanted from 1817 all the way through 2017.” This October, Guinness will also release its newest limited-edition Guinness Draught cans, featuring artwork from the legendary Guinness ads from the 1930s and the 1950s that featured various zoo animals. Previous limited edition cans have featured the much-loved Guinness toucan and tortoise, among other works. The 200 Years of Stout in America Mixed Pack – also on its way from Guinness – will bring back a few favorite stout recipes to add to the festivities. The full list of celebratory releases includes: • Guinness 200th Anniversary Export Stout – A deep, dark, authentic export stout with smooth, rich flavor; brewed with Black Patent Malt. (MSRP: $8.99, 6-pack) • Guinness Limited-Edition Mount Rushmore Cans – Classic Guinness Draught stout in limitededition cans depicting everyone’s favorite toucans flying across the iconic American monument of Mount Rushmore from a rarely seen Guinness ad from the 1950s. (MSRP: $8.99, 8-pack) • Guinness 200 Years of Stout in America Mixed Pack

– A collection of brews in honor of America’s love of stouts – Guinness Original, 200th Anniversary Export Stout, Antwerpen Stout and Foreign Extra Stout – all of which have been exported to the U.S. over the past 200 years. (MSRP: $21.99, 12-pack) Along with Guinness 200th Anniversary Export Stout, these brews will be available in stores nationwide, as well as at 200th anniversary celebrations held in New York and Los Angeles this October. Guinness fans of legal drinking age in New York can sign up to attend here: Guinness Open Gate Public House. While the past 200 years are the reason for celebration, the next 200 years have even more possibility. The newest chapter in this IrishAmerican story will be set in Maryland, where the first Guinness brewery on U.S. soil in more than 60 years will open in 2018. The brewery’s name, the Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House, is a combination of the pilot brewery at St. James’s Gate and a nod to the plan for this new brewery to be a center for barrel-aging beer. The new home for Guinness in the U.S. will also be the permanent brewing site for Guinness Blonde American Lager and other new beers created specifically for the states. Whether you’re celebrating the 200th anniversary of Guinness in the U.S. or toasting to the next 200 years, please remember to drink responsibly.

ABOUT DIAGEO BEER COMPANY, USA Diageo Beer Company, USA (formerly DiageoGuinness USA) is the U.S. beer and flavored malt beverage business of Diageo. Brands within Diageo Beer Company include the iconic Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s and Smirnoff ICE. Diageo is a global company, with its products sold in more than 150 countries worldwide. For more information about Diageo Beer Company, visit at www. diageo.com.

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A Diamond That Was Always Meant to Shine

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BY NITARA LEE OSBOURNE

natural diamond is one of the most beautiful stones that we have all come to love and admire. Its beauty hangs around our necks, sparkles many ears, and immediately dresses up the hand of many single women looking forward to being connected to the love of their life.

most of his time each year in the Philippines working. ELS: Yeah, that’s right. When we moved here, I became a full time housewife. My husband – Jun Salonga -- had to go back to the Philippines to manage the business over there. I didn’t work at that time at all.

HW: What was that experience like for you? Being a Nevertheless, rarely do admirers think about what stay-at-home mom? Being a housewife? it takes to create such a captivating, highly-valued ELS: It was a major change for me. Major. Life in jewel, just as we rarely think about what goes into the Philippines is very different than it is here. creating successful people that we encounter. It Over there we had housekeepers. Drivers. When takes an enormous amount of high temperature we moved here, I realized that I needed to do and pressure to create the beauty found in a natural everything on my own. diamond. Likewise, it’s the pressure of being pulled to follow one’s ambition that collides HW: I imagine that you needed an with the resistance by nay-sayers and adjustment period for that. Did you get being temporarily blinded by obstacles, used to that quickly? “I KNEW I which help to create the successful ELS: (chuckling) For the sake of the kids, WOULD BE individual. I needed to be strong. I didn’t show or SUCCESSFUL tell anyone how overwhelmed I was. I BECAUSE OF Elena Lapid Salonga is the diamond in didn’t show my kids any heartache or MY DAD’S the rough, that despite the resistance to give them any grief about adjusting to BELIEF IN her own ambitious pressure to succeed, the new situation. I knew that they were she came out even more beautiful than adjusting to life as well. I’m the mom ME AND one could have imagined. Elena is a and didn’t want to burden them with my BECAUSE OF hard-working house wife and mom concerns. In front of them, everything MY FAITH, turned entrepreneurial success. From was “fine.” making school lunches and tucking in BUT I DIDN’T EXPECT TO her kids each night, to providing food HW: But behind closed doors? BE THIS BIG” to the American public. She owns a ELS: There were tears. (chuckling at food manufacturing company and just herself) All I can say is that I’m very recently opened a restaurant serving proud that I was so involved in my delicious Filipino cuisine. children’s lives. They grew up to be great human beings. A big part of that is She has a very quiet and humble spirit, which is because of what I instilled in them. So… I’m proud. interlaced with strength, tenacity, and focus. A powerful combination. Having an opportunity to HW: And you should be. And there isn’t a doubt interview such a strong woman was both inspiring in my mind that your experience in running and motivating. This is her story of triumph, and a household helped you to transition into an how she transformed into a diamond. entrepreneur who is able to run an entire business. Describe your business. What is it that you do? HW: Where are you originally from? ELS: I own a food manufacturing company. Lapid ELS: I was born and raised in Manilla, Philippines. Food, Inc. We manufacture meat products. And I moved to the United States in 1993 with my our top item that we sell is pork rinds. We call husband and three kids. We have two sons and a it chicharon in the Philippines. Latinos call it daughter. Allen, Michael, and Jennifer. chicharones. We also make barbecue chicken and pork and seasoned meat. We vacuum seal the HW: I remember reading that your husband spent products and we ship it off to supermarkets.

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HW: That’s amazing. And you also own a restaurant? ELS: Yeah, that is correct. Lapid’s Restaurant. It’s a little over a year and half old. And I have a third business called ELS Entertainment, Inc., where I host live entertainment dinner shows. I already produced two Valentine’s Day shows. I had great entertainers who are well known within the Filipino community. We even had the Vincent Sisters as my guest performers at my last show. They used to sing with Diana Ross. HW: Wow. You’re Super Woman. You’re still a mom and a wife, but now you are this factory, restaurant, and entertainment business owning success. What does it feel like to be in this position right now? ELS: I don’t know. See, the hardest part in starting a business here was that nobody believed in me. How can you believe in a housewife who didn’t have any experience in running a business and who was trying to compete with manufacturing giants in the United States? Not the Philippines, but here in the United States. That’s a huge ambition, right? HW: Absolutely, it was. But you did it. That’s the satisfying part of this whole story. You did it. ELS: (completely giddy) Yes, yeah. I did it. HW: Were you afraid of failure? ELS: Honestly, I never thought of failing. See, my father came to the United States and stayed with me for about four months. And I never thought about failing because of how my father assured me that I was going to be successful. One day he went to the supermarket and bought a bunch of meat products. He brought them home and compared what he brought home to what he knows I can prepare. And he said that I can do much better than the other packaged products. He said that I could bring “Lapid Chicharon” here and that I’ll be okay. He believed in me. HW: Was it your father’s belief in you that kept you moving forward the whole time? ELS: Yeah, even when I was younger. He told me that if I pray and have faith in God, my business will be successful. And he was right. I appreciate my father’s belief in me. HW: That’s great that your father and your faith played a big role in your success. So, how old were you when you started your business? ELS: (chuckling) Most people don’t know how old I am because my looks are deceiving. They think I look so much younger than my real age.

HW: (chuckling) If you don’t want to share, it’s completely fine. I just thought I would ask because it might inspire those readers who may be using age as a reason to not follow their dreams. ELS: I understand. I’ll at least say this… I started my business in 2009. And I was born in 1955. So, how old was I when I started? HW: I didn’t see this coming. A word problem in the middle of an interview. (chuckling) My high school math teachers would be so excited. ELS: (laughing) The answer is 54. HW: You have just opened a door and the minds of so many people who feel their age is working against them when it comes to pursuing their endeavors. ELS: I’m glad. Because at the time I started, most people were telling me to keep my money and enjoy my retirement. “Go on vacation,” they would say. HW: Right. But you chose to dream. You chose to follow your ambition. ELS: I did, but it was stressful to start a business at that age. But I went ahead. And I feel proud that I did. By the way, Lapid is my father’s surname, which, if you recall, I use in the name of my restaurant and within my manufacturing company. I refer to myself as “Elena Lapid Salonga” out of respect for both my father and my husband. (chuckling) HW: (chuckling) I like that. Honor them both. I want to transition here. If you can describe yourself in three words, what would those three words be? ELS: Oh… hmm. I have to think about this. Do you want me to describe how I feel right now or the totality of who “Elena” is? HW: Just how you see your life the way it is right now… family, business, everything. Yes, I suppose I want you to share exactly what comes to mind when you think of the whole of who you are. ELS: I can say… happy… HW: What other two words come to mind? ELS: I’m not good with adjectives to describe myself. (chuckles) HW: Okay, well, what do you think about your family? About your business? ELS: As far as my business is concerned, where I am now… is at a level where I wasn’t expecting to be. I knew I would be successful because of my dad’s belief in me and because of my faith, but I didn’t expect to be this big. I was expecting just to have

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A WOMAN WHO DIDN’T LET LACK OF EXPERIENCE, BEING IN A FOREIGN LAND, BEING A MOTHER, BEING A WIFE, HER AGE, OR OTHER PEOPLE’S LACK OF BELIEF IN HER STOP HER FROM TRANSFORMING INTO THE DIAMOND THAT SHE IS TODAY

enough to sustain me until I get really old. However, I received way more than I was anticipating, and I get to help other people and share my blessings with what I do. HW: That’s beautiful. So, what I’m getting out of this conversation is that you are happy, surprised, and helpful. Those are your three words. And when I say “surprised,” I mean “delightfully surprised” at the level of success that you’ve achieved. So, are those three words an accurate assessment of you in your opinion?

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ELS: Yeah. I guess I just had to talk through my feelings and experiences. HW: That’s part of what I help people do. I really enjoyed this interview and conversation. Thank you for sharing your journey, wisdom, and a part of your life. ELS: You’re welcome. Thank you for having me. And there you have it. A woman who didn’t let lack of experience, being in a foreign land, being a mother, being a wife, her age, or other people’s lack of belief in her stop her from transforming into the diamond that she is today.


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Champions of

Magic

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ollowing in the footsteps of Downton Abbey, John Oliver and James Corden, the latest British sensation to hit our shores is the Champions Of Magic tour.

The 5 world-class illusionists that make up this mind-bending theatrical production are coming to the USA for the very first time, following 4 years in the the UK, with sold-out shows, rave reviews and a run in London’s West End. The Champions Of Magic cast includes Grand Illusionists Young & Strange, Queen of Close-Up Fay Presto, Master Mind Reader Alex McAleer and International Stage Magician Of The Year Edward Hilsum. With over 20 million online views between them, this cast of Britain’s top magicians includes international award winners presenting incredible mind reading, stunning close-up magic and daring large-scale illusions. Their skills have been seen around the world on TV with appearances on The CW’s ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us’, CNN’s ‘A Quest For Magic’ and NBC’s ‘Caught On Camera With Nick Cannon’. Witness the impossible, including disappearances, levitation, teleportation and a heart stopping finale, all

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presented with lighting and special effects to rival the biggest theatrical spectacles. Described by the British Press as “a spectacular family show” (Heart FM) and “slick, clever, funny and amazing” (Hereford Times) Champions Of Magic has been seen by tens of thousands across the UK and finally in fall 2017 U.S. audiences will get their first chance to see why British fans return to see the country’s biggest touring illusion show time and time again. The Sussex Newspaper said “Quite simply, mind blowing. I urge you to quickly get whatever tickets are still available because Champions of Magic is a show that has to be seen to be disbelieved… five stars!” The Western Mail declared “Move over David Blaine, there’s a host of new magicians in town. With a live video feed, fiery pyrotechnics and stunning lighting, the show is an immersive experience in the art of magic” The Hereford Times called the team “The UK’s top illusionists... fast becoming household names with their high energy and spectacular tricks... theirs is a pulse racing performance like no other” Don’t miss your chance to catch some of the greatest magicians on the planet on their debut US tour, in a show that never fails to amaze.


TOUR DATES October 3

Whiteaker Center, Harrisburg, Pensylvania

October 28

Emporia Granada Theatre, Emporia, Kansas

October 5

State Theater, Ithica, New York

November 3

October 6 & 7

The Levoy, Millville, New Jersey (New York City Metro)

Casino Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan

November 4

Infinite Energy Center, Duluth, Georgia (Atlanta)

Pantages Playhouse, Winnipeg, Manatoba

November 8

Union Colony Civic Center Greeley, Colorado

November 9

The Orpheum, New Orleans, Louisiana

Rose Wagner PAC, Salt Lake City, Utah

November 10

Arlington Music Hall, Arlington, Texas (Dallas / Ft. Worth)

Thousand Oaks PAC, Thousand Oaks, California (Los Angeles)

November 12

Weinburg Center, Frederick, Maryland

Northern Quest Casino Airway Heights, Washington (Spokane)

November 15

Cal Poly Arts, San Luis Obispo, California

October 8

October 10 & 11 Sharon Morse PAC, The Villages, Florida (Gainsville/Orlando) October 12 October 13 October 17 October 20

Warner Theatre, Erie, Pensylvania

October 21

Proctors, Schenectady, New York

November 16

October 25

Weidner Theatre, Green Bay, Wisconson

Sycuan Casino, El Cajon, California (San Diego)

November 17

October 24

Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Grand Theatre, Tracey, California (San Francisco)

November 18

October 26

Genesee Theatre, Waukegan, Illinios (Chicago)

Cerritos PAC, Cerritos, California (Los Angeles)

U.S. MEDIA CONTACT:

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FROM RUSSIA TO HOLLYWOOD

OXANA LOVICH BY: PRATHER JACKSON

HW: It is such a pleasure to speak to you. Can you tell us more about yourself? OL: Thank you very much. It is such a pleasure for me to be featured in your magazine.  I was born in Russia. When I was very young I realized my true passion for acting. My biggest dream was to move to Los Angeles and become an actress. The first opportunity I had to get a visa I moved to the The United States.  While in Los Angeles I have worked with some of the greatest Hollywood teachers including Diana Castle which afforded me the opportunity to work on so many great projects like the TV show Bosch. HW: Wow! You sound very brave. Leaving everything and coming to a new country is a very brave.  Have you ever felt scared or regret your decision? OL: This was one of the biggest challenges of my life to leave my homeland, my family and my friends, everything I was so familiar with and love, to venture out and go to an unknown country. I was scared for sure but I have never regretted being here.  I knew I had to do this and I knew this was my destiny. I am a very spiritual person with a strong sense and understanding of my intuition. 26 HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY

Because of this self awareness I knew moving to Los Angeles would be the best place for my growth and success. Long before I stepped on the plane to come to Los Angeles in my soul I knew this was the right decision for me. My first day in America confirmed everything. I had an overwhelming sense of inner peace and joy I knew without question that this was my new home. I felt so happy, so passionate, so grateful for the opportunity to be here that finally the beginning of my lifelong dream had come true. HW: I know that in addition to being a great actress, you are also a life coach. How did you decide to become a life coach? Is it easy to have two professions? How do you do it? OL: I have worked hard and have learned a great deal from my personal experiences in acting and in life. Life coaching is a natural outgrowth of me wanting to help others achieve the successes that I have. I love helping people have a better life, and feel I have a lot to offer. I have always felt attracted to spiritual books and spiritually evolved people.  I knew that at some point in my life I needed to share it, and that is when I decided to become a life coach. I  believe that my life coaching  experiences impact my art only in positive ways due to everyday learning about people and life.


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HW: It is very interesting for me to know about acting. Do you have any preferences what roles you would like to play? What kind of movies you would like to be featured in?

HW: What do you like the most about acting is Hollywood? After watching the movie LA LA Land I have learned it is not the easiest business, and it is very competitive. Does it ever stop you?

OL: I have strong values as an actress. I am a positive person and believe I have a responsibility to the world to portray that message therefore, I am very careful about the roles I play. I understand that every role has an impact on the world in some way so I choose the roles that have the most positive impact . 

Oxana. I am very passionate about acting. I absolutely love it, that is why I never view this as a competition. When I go to any audition I am grateful for the opportunity to play a part and enjoy living in a different imaginary world. I simply enjoy the journey not the destination. HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY 27


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How it all began... With 30 plus years of experience, Keith Barrows, the Londonian founder of 360 Studios, started out as an engineer and mixer for artists such as Ozzy Ozbourne, U2, Ray Charles, Black Eyed Peas, Rage against the Machine and on shows such as Michael Jackson’s Earth Song, Kill Bill, BANG BANG and The Sopranos. As the supervisor of all the media initiatives of the Sinatra family, he worked in production management touring with major artists like Nancy Sinatra and The Commodores in venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Dodgers Stadium.

Barrows recently decided to start working on his own projects and met his key partner and gifted musician Larry Andrew. About 360 Films... 360 Films is currently working on various independent feature films and TV shows including Alastor, Gangsters Wives, Untitled Basket Ball Movie, Koba and TV Shows including SOCAL K911, Edgers and Campus Angels. Not to mention teaming up with Michael Dinco, producer and creator of the hit show Pit Bulls and Parolees 2009 to 2017. Director, screenwriter and producer Raphaello Kotziamanis, with Highgate Films, will be directing three of these projects. The first one, Alestor, is a high-action, fantasy thriller that will be shot in China with senior production advisor Michael Tse. Another project, “Koba,” will have a world-class director, is about a Russian leader happening prior to the 1917 Revolution. The film will be announced soon. Stan Divranos of 360 Studios sports division explains, “The creative team at 360 Studios is currently in the pre-production phase of a sports film project that is sure to be a hit. Under the directional brilliance of Keith Barrows, we’ve managed to put together a cast of talented young actors to showcase a heartwarming achievement story with a twist that is not typically encountered in the American sports world. Included in the cast is 7’6” professional basketball player Mamadou Ndaiye and former collegiate athlete Deji Wesey. We each contribute unique stories to incorporate into the script with the help of writer and director Ron Pucillo and actor producer Lance Manibog. At this moment, I can say the film will be a lot of fun and a great inspiration to athletes of all ages. It’s a very exciting time to be involved with such a dynamic, diverse, and inclusive company. 360 Studios and Hollywood Weekly will put a lot of talented actors on the map and get a lot of content creators in the frame. About Hollywood Weekly Magazine... Established in 2001, the “Hollywood Weekly” trademark has evolved into a global media company. Founded by Prather Jackson, publisher of the monthly periodical, “Hollywood Weekly Magazine, today the brand also includes the Hollywood Weekly Film Festival and Hollywood Weekly Asia. For more information visit: www. hollywoodweeklymagazine.com

“360 STUDIOS.”

“360 Studios focuses on developing artists to work at their full potential, while providing them with a platform for exposure”, says Keith Barrows, founder. “I am very thrilled about this companies’ new direction”, says producer Stan Divranos, with new and exciting ventures with Hollywood Weekly Magazine and the joint venture with Chinese producer Michael Tse. “We will act as an incubator and take artists and content creators to a level where major studios will just have to take over and boost them into stardom”. The team is based in Los Angeles and London with British COO Paul Isaacson in the UK.

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n the illustrious world of Hollywood sometimes it a good idea to have some help in creating something special. In Los Angeles, a group of veterans in the music and film industry have joined force to launch 360 Studios. Combining the world of music and films is nothing new but these guys already have projects in the works that sound exciting heading into the rest of the year. They have also created 360 Records as their music home which should provide an outlet for some amazing artists. The LA-based team of veterans in the film and music industry, which includes founder Keith Barrows and newly appointed COO Larry Andrews, is breaking grounds with its new entertainment company. 360 Studios is serving the fields of film and music production and spanning the globe with members from Canada to Australia, China to England, US and Mexico. The company was originally created to produce and finance feature films, in various genres, markets and territories, as 360 Films. Today, the company has, in addition, formed a record label, 360 Records, and is building a solid slate for 2017-2018 releases.

HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY MAGAZINE INKS DEAL WITH LA BASED “360 STUDIOS.” A HEAVY INDIE FILM SLATE IS SET FOR 2018. HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY 29


Architects for Animals

“Giving Shelter” Architects & Celebrities Including Clint Eastwood, Jay Leno & William Shatner Accept Challenge to Help Homeless Cats Architects for Animals “Giving Shelter” Event October 19 in Southern California’s Culver City to Benefit Local Non-Profit FixNation

ABOUT FIXNATION FixNation is an award-winning Los Angeles-based non-profit that supports TrapNeuter-Return (TNR) programs for homeless cats. The organization provides free spay and neuter services for homeless cats as well as low-cost services for pet cats. Founded in 2007, FixNation has cared for nearly 150,000 cats to date. Details at fixnation.org.

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ne of this year’s most innovative design events, Architects for Animals® “Giving Shelter” exhibit, returns to the Herman Miller Showroom in Culver City on Thursday, October 19th 2017. The event is expected to be a sold-out fundraiser for LA-based non-profit FixNation, which provides free spay/neuter services for the city’s skyrocketing population of homeless cats.

“Giving Shelter” Exhibit & Cocktail Reception Thursday, October 19th, 2017 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm HermanMiller Showroom 3641 Holdrege Avenue Los Angeles CA 90016 $50 General Admission

LA’s top architecture and design firms as well as individual architects and designers have been invited to design, build and donate one-of-a-kind and functional outdoor dwellings for cats. Shelters will be displayed at a cocktail reception attended by the public, VIPs and media representatives. Also on display: cat food bowls decorated by feline-loving celebrities such as Jay Leno, Beau Bridges, Elvira, William Shatner, Clint Eastwood, Eric Dickerson, Tricia Helfer and Morgan Fairchild, which will be available for purchase via an online auction. “These cat shelters are absolutely remarkable,” says FixNation’s Co-Founder and Executive Director Karn Myers. “They will help raise awareness about homeless cats and provide practical solutions that can be implemented throughout our community.” This year’s event has added significance as the organization honors Myer’s late husband, Mark Dodge. The couple cofounded FixNation 10 years ago.

Los Angeles is home to one of the nation’s largest populations of homeless felines, an estimated one to three million cats. FixNation is a model for successful TrapNeuter-Return (TNR) and humane colony management programs across the country and around the world.

“Many communities use lethal methods in an attempt to control the population of stray, abandoned and feral cats. Such methods are not only horribly cruel, they simply don’t work,” explains Myers. “We founded FixNation because we believe TNR is a much more effective and compassionate alternative. Our mission is to manage colonies of homeless ‘community cats’ and gradually reduce their number through humane sterilization.” Participating design firms this year include: Abramson Teiger Architects; d3architecture; ES-EN-EM; HLW; HKS; HOK; Knowhow Shop; Kollin Altomare Architects; RNL; and Standard Architecture | Design.

ABOUT ARCHITECTS FOR ANIMALS® Architects for Animals® by Feral Design Group LLC is an awareness raising initiative that plans one-night events benefiting select animal welfare organizations. Participating architecture and design firms as well as individual architects and designers design, build and donate creative outdoor shelters to provide animals with refuge from the elements. Details at architectsforanimals.com. 30 HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY


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“Marlene”

“Hello Stranger”

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor dreamcoat

LA THEATRE BEAT Here are the new shows burning up our theatres this month:

STEVE ZALL AND SID FISH

“The Face, Behind the Face, Behind the Face” a performing artist confronts the ups and downs and struggles of his life and career and is led to the conclusion that his voice and his music are the keys to his success. Written by Anthony Gruppuso, with music by John Dickson, and directed by Calvin Remsberg, it runs October 1 through October 29 at Theatre West in Los Angeles. For tickets call 323-851-7977 or visit www. theatrewest.org. “MICE” Ayushi and Grace have just met. Both are pastor’s wives. Both are being held captive, locked in the basement pantry of a serial cannibal. If Ayushi and Grace are to survive, they must win a series of mind games with their captor. They must discern what it really means to become good. Written by Schaeffer Nelson, and directed by Roderick Menzies, it runs October 1 through October 29 at the Ensemble Studio Theatre/ LA in Atwater. For tickets call 818-839-1197 or visit www.dime.io/events/mice/9/2017. “CAGNEY THE MUSICAL” follows the life of the legendary James Cagney from the streets of New York to his rise as one of the brightest stars of Hollywood, from a vaudeville song-and-dance man to the cinema’s original tough guy. Written by Peter Colley, with music by Robert Creighton & Christopher McGovern, and directed by Bill Castellino, it runs October 5 through October 29 at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. For tickets call 818-508-4200 or visit www.cagneythemusical. com. “THE COMEDIC TRAGEDY OF MACBETH” In Dunsinane Sanitorium, an early 20th century insane asylum, a lowly janitor (Macbeth) bonds with five patients: a delusional bipolar who thinks she is his wife, a schizophrenic best friend, and three patients with multiple personalities (ranging from the superintendent of the asylum to witches, murderers, and physicians). Written by William Shakespeare, adapted by Rebecca Lynne, and directed by Rebecca Lynne, it runs October 6 through October 21 at the Brand Park in Glendale. For tickets visit www.deanproductionstheatre.com. “RED SAND” Innovative, unusual new piece of 34 HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY

“CAGNEY”

movement theatre with heart, humor and a touch of absurdity: this show is at once non-linear, chaotic, cathartic, and undeniably relatable. Written and directed by Serena Dolinsky, it runs October 6 through November 17 at the Santa Monica Playhouse, The Other Space in Santa Monica. For tickets call 310-394-9779 Ext. 1 or visit www.SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com/red-sand. “YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN” When Frederick Frankenstein, an esteemed New York brain surgeon and professor, inherits a castle and laboratory in Transylvania from his grandfather, deranged genius Victor Von Frankenstein, he faces a dilemma. Does he continue to run from his family’s tortured past or does he stay in Transylvania to carry on his grandfather’s mad experiments reanimating the dead and, in the process fall in love with his sexy lab assistant Inga? Written by Thomas Meehan, with music by Mel Brooks, and directed by David Lamoureux, it runs October 6 through October 15 at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center in Redondo Beach, the October 20 through October 29 at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Cerritos. For tickets call 714-589-2770 Ext. 1 (Redondo) or 562916-8500 (Cerritos) or visit www.3dtheatricals.org. “AFTERLIFE: A GHOST STORY” An impending storm forces troubled couple to return to their beachfront home for the first time since they lost their son. This hauntingly beautiful play asks the question: what do you do when hardest part of living is remembering? Written by Steve Yockey, and directed by Steve Jarrard, it runs October 13 through November 12 at


“Les Liaisons Dangereuses”

“red sand”

“This Land “

“A PICASSO” Sex, Art, Politics, Nazis, and a classy 20th century icon are all wrapped up into an intense, confrontational drama with sensitivity and wit. Written by Jeffrey Hatcher, and directed by Natalia Lazarus, it runs October 13 through November 11 at the Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica. For tickets visit www. PromendePlayhouse.com. “TURN ME LOOSE” is a new comedic drama about the extraordinary and explosive life of the late Dick Gregory that shines a light on the first black comedian to expose white audiences to racial comedy. Written by Gretchen Law, and directed by John Gould Rubin, it runs October 13 through October 29 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Lovelace Studio Theater in Beverly Hills. For tickets call 310-746-4000 or visit www.TheWallis.org/Theater. “mice”

the Avery Schreiber Playhouse in North Hollywood. For tickets call 323-860-6569 or visit www.afterlife.brownpapertickets.com. “THE DAUGHTERS OF THE KUSH” Kappa Lambda Nu is a historically Black sorority. Kathy is the sorority’s lone white, Jewish pledge. When Kathy meets with a violent mishap, the Daughters suddenly find themselves under investigation. Written by George W. Corbin, and directed by Veronica Thompson, it runs October 13 through October 29 at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood. For tickets call 805-496-2982 or visit www.corbinkush.eventbrite.com. “JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT” The story is based on the Biblical story of Joseph, found in the Book of Genesis. Written by Tim Rice, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Tim Rice, and directed by Will North, it runs October 13 through October 22 at the Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks. For tickets call 800-745-3000 or visit www.5startheatricals.com. “KAIDAN PROJECT: WALLS GROW THIN” You receive a letter from your childhood friend who is haunted by a mysterious event in your shared past—and she needs your help. When you arrive at her family’s warehouse, the walls begin to thin, and a dark spirit stirs within you—will you ever escape it? Written by Lisa Dring and Chelsea Sutton, and directed by Sean T. Cawelti, it runs October 13 through November 5 at a secret warehouse location in Los Angeles. For tickets call 213-596-9468 or visit www.rogueartists.org.

“UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL: AN IMPRESSIVE PRESENTATION OF LOVELY EVIDENCES” When a reclusive librarian discovers a 113-year overdue book in the night slot, curiosity compels him to pursue the borrower. His search for answers leads to a worldwide, whirlwind journey, where he discovers instead the great mysteries of humanity. Written by Glen Berger, and directed by Steven Robman, it runs October 18 through November 19 at the Audrey Skirball Theater at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. For tickets call 310-208-5454 or visit www. geffenplayhouse.org. “HELLO STRANGER” is about a man who has mixed feelings about returning to his hometown in the Inland Empire after having been away for many years. He is there to attend his 30-year high school reunion, but finds he is drawn to stay after encountering a strange girl in the yard of the house he grew up in with his mother. Written by Sharon Yablon, and directed by Sarah Figoten Wilson, it runs October 19 through November 18 at the Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood. For tickets call 323-856-8611 or visit www.theatreofnote. com. “FEATHERS OF FIRE: A PERSIAN EPIC” follows star-crossed lovers Zaul and Rudabeh who triumph at the end against all odds. Puppets, costumes, masks, scenography and digital animation, all come to life in a “live animation” on a cinema-size screen. Written and directed by Hamid Rahmanian and Larry Reed, it runs October 20 through October 29 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Bram Goldsmith Theater in Beverly Hills. For tickets call 310-746-4000 or visit www.TheWallis.org/Theater. HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY 35


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HW October 2017 features Ms. Munni Irone  

There are those who watch what is going on, those that want to know what is going on, and those who do their best to do something about what...

HW October 2017 features Ms. Munni Irone  

There are those who watch what is going on, those that want to know what is going on, and those who do their best to do something about what...