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Madonna at Toronto Film Festival


The recently released film focusing on Wallace, the woman who took the King of England, is an outstanding view of the personal life of a woman described as the most hated woman in the world by many when she 'ran off with' Edward. Madonna during an interview said "everyone did stories on Edward's life after he gave up the throne for love, but no one had ever looked closely at her life, and what she gave up."

The photography, direction, costuming and historic accuracy in this film were fantastic. Kudos to Madonna for getting this story told.

Directed, produced and co-written with Alek Keshishian by Madonna. Starring Abbie Cornish, James D'Arcy, Andrea Riseborough, Oscar Isaac. Music by Abel Korzeniowski, Cinematography by Hagen Bogdanski, Editing by Danny B. Tull. Studio Semtex Films.




The financial and critical success of the film “The Artist” has sparked a renewed interest in an all but forgotten genre; the silent film. For Angelenos who have a desire to experience a silent film the way it was intended...In Glorious Black and White...and with a live orchestra, they need not travel back in time but only to Royce Hall on May 20, where LACO will be presenting the 23rd Annual Silent Film Gala featuring two of Harold Lloyd’s seldom-seen masterpieces. The evening will feature Harold Lloyd’s films, The Kid Brother (1927) and High and Dizzy (1920,) accompanied by the LA Chamber Orchestra conducted by Carl Davis. Newly composed music by Carl Davis for High and Dizzy will have its U.S. On May 20. 


Lovebirds Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart talked separately with "Extra" host Mario Lopez at the Mixology 101 at Planet Dailies Grand Opening bash Thursday in L.A., dishing about their sexy "Dance Again" music video.

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Jennifer explained, "It was just a very natural thing for us to do together. Everything that the song is saying -- where I'm at -- it was just very natural. It didn't feel forced."

Casper later added, "Me and Jen work well together. On set we work so well together and they were long shoots 16, 17 18 hours. Maybe it was the chemistry or whatever it was, but it didn't seem like it was that many hours. Time was going so fast. We worked really well together, it was great."

The video premiered on "American Idol" Thursday night, but it had to be toned down a bit for primetime TV. The singer laughed, "There's a sea of bodies in the beginning. [FOX] thought it looked too provocative so they asked us to cut those pieces out for 'Idol.'"

As for one of her "Idol" favorites (DeAndre Brackensick) getting the boot, the judge said she was a "little bit" surprised. "I thought he was worth saving."

Jennifer also had a nice mommy moment Thursday, before "Idol," taking 4-year-old twins Max and Emme to see the Easter Bunny at The Grove. What are her plans for Easter? Jennifer replied, "I don't know. Usually my family comes over, we cook, we do a little Easter egg hunt with the kids, get them baskets."

January 24 - February 3, 2013
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Passes Go on Sale May 1 at 25% Discount

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival presented by lynda.com has set Thursday, January 24 through Sunday, February 3, 2013 as the dates for the 28th edition of the festival, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director, Roger Durling.

Comments SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling, “The 27th edition was an exciting one for us - full of changes and growth with our first ever acquisitions program. Now in the midst of preparations for the 28th edition - we guarantee you that the best is yet to come.”

FestivalPassesand Packages go on sale May 1 and are discounted at 25% until June 25 and can be purchased exclusively at www.sbfilmfestival.orgor by calling 805-963-0023.

The Santa BarbaraInternational Film Festival is dedicated to the art of filmmaking, which seeks out and consequently offers a broad array of international and independent films, with a commitment to diversity. SBIFF, which attracts more than 70,000 visitors each year, endeavors to enrich the community both culturally and economically by presenting eleven days of films, tributes and symposiums, raising consciousness of film as an art form. SBIFF presents quality American and world independent films, Latin American and Asian sidebars as well as documentary cinema within the beautiful setting of downtown Santa Barbara, a premier tourist destination. SBIFF continues it commitment to education through its 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, Field Trip to the Movies and educational seminars. For more information, log onto www.sbfilmfestival.org.



GBK, the luxury lifestyle gift lounge and special events company, along with BOP & Tiger Beat, the industry’s leading teen entertainment magazines, honored the 2012 Kids' Choice Awards Nominees and Presenters at their annual Gift Lounge. The gifting lounge took place March 29th and 30th at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills from 11am – 6pm. GBK, the recipient of multiple BizBash’s Award for “Best Gift Bag,” offered its exclusive list of invited celebrities, VIPs, and media an opportunity to enjoy an exciting environment with gifts, refreshments and a charitable focus. Known for their creative, cause-driven events, this year’s GBK, BOP & Tiger Beat Lounge was a birthday bash supporting the American Cancer Society and cancer survivors everywhere. A variety of activities were planned for the event including a mobile animated flipbook studio station with staff that will allow guests to create their own custom animated video flipbooks to take home by Action Flipbooks, a candy buffet, birthday presents and an opportunity to sign a birthday card or tape a special message for patients at a local hospital. Master cake creator, Bread Basket Cake Company, prepared special birthday cupcake invitations for the celebrity and honored guests, and has teamed up with GBK to design a 12 foot Birthday Cake Press Wall! The wall’s edible logos will be created by Ticings® whose gluten-free, edible dessert toppers bring a modern sensibility to classic cakes, cupcakes and soft-frosted desserts. Ticings peel & press simplicity allows pastry chefs to home bakers quickly custom decorate one to thousands of desserts almost effortlessly. This wall was an unforgettable centerpiece to the event and a fun photo opportunity for all.

GBK, Tiger Beat and BOP's 2012 Kids' Choice Awards Lounge R.S.V.P.’s included nominees, presenters and guests such as Jake Short (Nominated For Favorite TV Actor) Disney’s “A.N.T. Farm” (Fletcher Quimby), Jeniffer Stone Disney’s "Wizards of Waverly Place" (Nominated For Favorite TV Sidekick) (show Nominated for Favorite TV Show) (Harper Finkle), Alex Heartman (Nominated For Favorite TV Actor) Nickelodeon’s Power Rangers Samurai (Jayden), Aubrey O’Day "Celebrity Apprentice" "Recording Artist", Cody Simpson "Recording Artist" and many more.


An array of fun products and trendy gifts filled the lounge and contributed to the birthday fun. MGA Entertainment, known for their award-winning brands such as Little Tikes®, Lalaloopsy™, Bratz®, and Moxie Girls™ will be on site gifting their Bratz dolls – one packed doll of choice and an invitation to receive the new Bratz True Hope dolls when they arrive in stores in June; Coby Electronics will be gifting their spunky new Attitudz earphones which match consumers’ ever-changing style – and attitudes – with eight fun colors and designs that reflected a range of personalities; Welch’s® Fruit Snacks - taste delicious Welch’s® Fruit Snacks, Juicefulls™ Juice-filled Fruit Snacks, Sun Maid® Milk Chocolate Raisins, My M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies and more; and SPIN MASTER, a multi-category children’s entertainment company, was onsite gifting their Appfinity AppBlaster! Using dual triggers, trigger-tap technology and augmented reality applications, the AppBlaster turns any environment into a virtual gaming experience and connects securely with your iPhone/iPod Touch.

Celebrity-favorite, RevitaLash ADVANCED, was on site gifting their eyelash conditioner that lengthens and thickens eyelashes, Hair by RevitaLash and RevitaLash Mascara and Perfect Primer; Ematic, a superior technology company featuring groundbreaking innovations in portable media, provided Tablet PCs and MP3 Video players; Toy State, an innovator and industry leader in the manufacture of licensed and highly-stylized lights and sound toy vehicles, gifted DUB DJz custom vehicles with dual mixing decks; Mama Earth Rocks Publishing - Pinky the Star- motivational illustrated children’s book, Sweet Potato Mama Cookbook and Angels for Everyday Living; Moshi Monsters™, provided gift packs including Bobble Bots™, Moshi Monsters from Innovation First International, 6” Moshi plush from Spin Master and Moshi trading cards from Topps; imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails – the revolutionary way to apply polish; and Sweet Dream Girlz, provided their naturally made face, body and hair products made especially for girls; clothing from American Apparel; jewelry from RockaBella Jewels; and artistic decals for iPhones, iPads and MacBooks by MacSlaps; Sabra gifted each guest with a custom cooler bag filled with Sabra hummus and a Sabra Grab N’ Go Snack with hummus and pretzels; and Zorbitz, Inc. gifted CLICK-ITZ, sparkly bracelets that click together to create wrap bracelets, necklaces, and headbands and SWEETLIFE CUPCAKE NECKLACES that feature a Swarovski® Elements Crystal and a recipe signed signed by celebrities and given to the kids at the Children’s Hospital to celebrate “More Birthdays!” and the American Cancer Society.

As always, giving charities an opportunity to share their cause and draw attention to the work is a major focus with GBK Gift Lounge’s. The GBK, BOP & Tiger Beat Gift Lounge supported the following charities:

Dream Center – For the past 17 years, The Dream Center has been combating the issues that afflict Los Angeles communities, rescuing people from poverty, homelessness, hunger and substance abuse, and it is now leading the fight against human trafficking by opening the nation’s largest shelter for victims of human trafficking. For more information about Dream Center, please visit dreamcenter.org.

Model Citizen Fund, LLC - a charity that fills backpacks with 150 emergency supply items for the homelss. For more information on Model Citizen Fund, please visit modelcitizenfund.com

The American Cancer Society - combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, about 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.






1. Calm Development Director Lori Lander Goodman, Singer-Songwriter Linda Newlin with CALM Executive Director Cecilia Rodriguez, MFT. 2.  Linda Newlin on stage at the Lobero


Talented songwriter and performer Linda Newlin presented An Evening with Linda Newlin “It’s Not OK,” a wonderful one woman show at the Lobero Theatre to demonstrate her passion for helping people live their dreams and end all forms of abuse, including all ways people abuse themselves with negative self talk, staying in empty relationships, working in a jobs they hate, not being what they love and not being who they truly are.


The Concert of Love Yourself celebrated the release of Newlin’s CD, and benefited CALM. For information visit: www.lindanewlin.com.

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