Monday, July 9, 2012

Harrison Held's SceneAroundTown.... A.M.P.A.S. Kicks off The Last 70MM Film Festival with Stanley Kramer's Comedy Classic "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World".... Australia's MYSTERY Rocks L.A..... Brian Connor's Terrific "Plays In The Park".... Tai Urban, Jovan Armand, Roxy Rich, Maria Amor & Tamara Henry at the L.A. Comedy Awards Nominations... Anna Madorsky's Concert 4 Charity.... "Life at the Resort" Debuts at Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles.... & More... HH(:

The Last 70MM Film Festival got off to a strong start at A.M.P.A.S. with a special screening of Stanley Kramer's comedy classic "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World".  The full house was treated to a surprise appearance by Billy Crystal who MC'd & hosted the star studded Q&A before the screening.  On the panel was Stanley Kramer's widow Karen Sharpe Kramer with the film's stars Jonathan Winters, Mickey Rooney, Carl Reiner, Marvin Kaplan, Barry Chase and Stan Freberg plus casting director Lynn Stallmaster and script supervisor Marshall Schlom.  The film also stars Spencer Tracy, Sid Caeser, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Dick Shawn, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas, Edie Adams, Dorothy Provine, Jimmy Durante and many others.  "This is not an emsemble" quipped Billy, "This is a town!"  Thanks to the Kramer family & The Academy's Randy Haberkamp for their hospitality....Photo courtesy A.M.P.A.S    HH(:

Warm Birthday Wishes to Professor Abolghassem Ghaffari  who recently turned 105!  Professor Ghaffari is the proud father of Sunshine MagaZine favorite Vida Ghaffari.   Pictured with friends artist Kamran Khavarani & the Honorable Jimmy Delshad, former mayor of Beverly Hills.... Photo Courtesy V. Ghaffari

Plays In The Park's Ed Asner, Susan Ateh, Mark Rydell, Brian Connors & guest. Back row:  Dahlia Waingort & Esai Morales 

Ed Asner & Dahlia Waingort

Esai Morales & Kat Kramer

Ed Asner & Esai Morales

Writer/Director Brian Connors, Susan Ateh, Mark Rydell & publicist Phil Sokoloff

Kat Kramer, Ed Asner, Susan Ateh & Mark Rydell

Kat Kramer & the Santa Monica Playhouse's Sandra Zeitzew

Bothers at odds....  Ed Asner & Mark Rydell in "Oxymorons" photo by Brian Connors

I thoroughly enjoyed "Plays In The Park" written & directed by talented Brian Connors at the Santa Monica Playhouse.  The staged reading consists of 3 terrific short plays featuring an excellent cast... "Park Strangers" features Susan Ateh & Beege Barkett as polar opposite actresses on a TV commercial shoot, "Swans" features Dahlia Waingort & Esai Morales as a couple dealing with some heavy issues in their relationship and "Oxymorons" features veterans Ed Asner & Mark Rydell as 2 brothers dealing with each other & life as they know it.   Very entertaining stuff!  Lots of laughs & thought provoking material.  George Segal will be joining the cast at the next performance opposite Mark Rydell with Ed Asner leaving to work on a film.  This is a great nite out at the theatre...  for more information visit   Photo above of Dahlia Waingort & Esai Morales by Jeff Fasano     HH(:

Australia's MYSTERY Rocks L.A.
Australia's MYSTERY rocked L.A. at their recent performance at the Whiskey on the Sunset Strip

Jovan Armand, Tamara Henry, Sheila Chalakee & Tai Urban

Max Worthington & Roxy Rich

Roxy Rich & Harrison Held....  Photo by Carlos E. Zeron

Erin Darling

Aros Crystos & Maria Amor

Jovan Armand, Tamara Henry, Sheila Chalakee & Tai Urban

Anna Madorsky at her benefit concert for Patch Adams M.D. & The Gesundheit! Institute at Busby's on Wilshire

Jenna Urban & Dale Zamora at the True Blood 5th season wrap party

"Sensual Impressionism" at Harvey's on Beverly...  (left to right) Guests, Blue, Shahram Sanai & Harvey Schwartz

Photographer Shahram Sanai & Amby Longhofer in front of some of his beautiful work

Amby Longhofer, Shahram Sanai & Katrina Hepler

Shahram Sanai & Guest

Life at the Resort's Sarah Pettycrew, Yetem Kefale Worku  back row: Jeff Sable, Marianne J. Murphy,  Marisa Petroro & C.D. Taylor

Sarah Pettycrew, Jeff Sable, Marianne J. Murphy & Yetem Kefale Worku

 Viet Wilcots & friend with Zander Villayne
Marisa Petroro
Zander Villayne & Guest
Ken Mader, Jeff Sable, Marisa Petroro & Marc Singer
C.D. Taylor, Marc Singer & Sarah Pettycrew
Life at the Resort's  Zander Villayne, Jeff Sable, David Higlen    back row: Sarah Pettygrew, Ken Mader, Yetem Kefale Worku, Marc Singer, Marisa Petroro, C.D. Taylor & Marranne J. Murphy

Viet Wilcots, Jeff Sable & Yetem Kefale Worku

Jeff Sable, Marisa Petroro & Marc Singer

Life at the Resort's Zander Villayne, Jeff Sable, David Higlen    back row: Sarah Pettycrew, Ken Mader, Yetem Kefale Worku, Marc Singer, Marisa Petroro, C.D. Taylor & Marianne J. Murphy

I really liked the spicy new indie film  "Life at the Resort" which screened recently at the Downtown Independent in part of the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles.  This enjoyable new comedy was produced by Creative Actors Alliance in Association with Z-Ville Productions.  It is co-directed by Zander Villayne and Jeff Sable and produced by Jeff Sable, Marianne J. Murphy, Sarah Pettycrew, Yetem Kefale Worku and Alia Rhiana.  For more info visit -  Enjoy, it's a lot of fun! HH(:

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