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.
May 8, 2015
Last night- Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad) and a host of celebrities came out in support of the Emily Shane Foundation’s Successful Education Achievement program’s charity gala. To honor Emily Shane, the foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping middle school students who struggle in the classroom. This is the first charity gala for the foundation, with hope to raise enough money to expand the S.E.A program to more schools throughout the state.
May 7, 2015
This week The 8th Annual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic Presented by Sabra Salsa went for a hole in one to give back to to George Lopez Foundation.
The sold out event took place at Lakeside Golf Club in Toluca Lake, CA and was hosted by George Lopez.
April 24, 2015
Yesterday-BritWeek and UK Trade & Investment officially hosted the 6th annual Business Innovation Awards IN BEVERLY HILLS, CA at the Four Seasons Hotel. The event was to celebrate outstanding achievements in business innovation featuring honorees Lucian Grainge (CEO & Chairman Of Universal Music Group) (2015 Creative Fusion Recipient) and Will.I.Am (Black Eyed Peas) (ENTREPRENUER OF THE YEAR Recipient)
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April 22, 2015
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April 22, 2015
LAST NIGHT-Flaunt Magazine celebrated the Location Issue #140 with a private celebration at Hakkasan Beverly Hills honoring Norman Reedus with Cult of Individuality. Flaunt held an intimidate dinner to indulge in Hakkasan’s modern twist on authentic Cantonese cuisine.
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