May 15, 2015
Oscar® nominee Queen Latifah (“Chicago”) stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO Films drama BESSIE, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dee Rees (“Pariah”) from a screenplay by Dee Rees and Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois. With a story by Dee Rees and Horton Foote, the film focuses on Smith’s transformation from a struggling young singer into “The Empress of the Blues,” one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s and an enduring icon today.
Debuting SATURDAY, MAY 16 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO, BESSIE is executive produced by Richard D. Zanuck, Lili Fini Zanuck, Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Shelby Stone and Randi Michel. Ron Schmidt produces.
Q: How did you get involved in BESSIE?
QUEEN LATIFAH: It came to me through the Zanuck Company more than 20 years ago. I auditioned for the role at the time and I’ve been attached to it since then. It’s been a long time, but it was a story worth telling and a character worth sticking with. It’s been satisfying to finally see it happen. I’m looking forward to people finding out who Bessie Smith is if they don’t know about her already.
I didn’t know who Bessie was when this movie came to me in my early 20s. I did some homework and realized how influential she was and what amazing things she accomplished. For example, when you find out what an influence she was on Billie Holiday, it brings her importance into focus.
Q: Bessie looks to Ma Rainey as a mother figure in the film.
DECEMBER 10, 2014
The “RUNWAY WONDERLAND 2014” annual holiday charity event took place Last night.
It was a spectacular event for a wonderful cause.
This year the charity event will benefit the Boys anD Girls Club of Santa Monica.
The event was presented by Hubble Studio and Hosted by Terrence J
Guest of this event got to experience fashion shows by Michael Costello and Walter Mendez, celebrities walking down the runway, as well as musical entertainment provided by Fabolous and DJ ProStyle.
Live & silent auctions took place full of exclusive items, as well as a dinner date with Lilly Ghalichi (Shahs of Sunset) & Dhar Mann
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