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February 2011

#Actresses #Carla Ortiz & #Yari De Leon at the #Four Season Beverly Hills

You might recognize Carla from the eight films she's been in, or the numerous telenovelas, or a myriad of US TV shows she's also been in.

Super sweetheart. We had as much fun as people can have waiting an hour in the rain under shelter waiting for cars.

Yari was a HUGE hit on the red carpet and all the photogs couldn't get enough of her. She has that power over men. It's that sultry indescribable "it" quality.

We're having a good time getting out in public together for the first time. This party was great mix of interesting, fun people. I enjoyed seeing Joan Rivers as we left because I love watchng how she's going to humiliate her daughter next on their new show. Love her!

This was by far one of the better red carpets of the day. It was personally very gratifying to have so many of my photog friends from red carpet events years past remember me too. Very fun experience overall.
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#CloutierRemix Artist #Stella Kae and #Actress #Yari De Leon getting ready for #Oscar suites

We have six Oscar Gifting Suites to visit. Hopefully we'll have time for all.:)

In the meantime, check out how amazing Hair & Make-Up Artist, Stella Kae, is here: She just moved back from NYC after recently doing NY Fashion Week and we're very happy she is on our team for today.

Now to confirm more Oscar events for the weekend. Wish me success!:) 

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Yari (pronounced Yatti) De Leon as Dona Reinteria in “The Lincoln Lawyer

 Yari De Leon makes her feature film debut as Dona Reinteria, a sultry dancer who seduces Ryan Phillippe with devastating consequences in the gripping thriller, “The Lincoln Lawyer” starring Matthew McConaughey.

About Yari De Leon…

Raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Yari De Leon is the youngest of seven children. A natural performer, her mother began entering her in talent shows while she was still in middle school. Her talent blossomed when she and her mother moved to Coral Springs, Florida when she was eleven years old.

In high school she studied drama and her vivacious personality soon landed her a cheerleading position. Her passion for talent shows continued and by age fourteen she won Best Imitator and Dancer in the Young Talent Contest in Miami, Florida. Years later, Yari was thrilled when she was selected to appear on The Cristina Show, the Latin equivalent of Oprah, to imitate her idol, Thalia. She later returned to the same show with a Hip Hop and Pop dance troupe.

 Yari De Leon honed her skills at the Acting School of South Florida before moving to Los Angeles in 2008. She continues to immerse herself in training studying with Michael Petted and Rob Brownstein at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, with Brian Reise at Brian Reise Studios and at Cast Away Studios with Doug Warhit. She also completed an intensive one year program at the prestigious New York Film Academy.

Her dance training in hip hop and pop at The Millennium Dance Complex paid off when she was cast in Jamiroquai’s music video “Feels Just Like It Should.” She has also appeared in other music videos, including one with Hip Hop legend Sean Combs (P Diddy.) Recent Television appearances include the hit CBS comedy “How I Met Your Mother.”

Yari De Leon makes her feature film debut as Dona Reinteria, a sultry dancer who seduces Ryan Philippe with devastating consequences, in the gripping thriller, “The Lincoln Lawyer.” The film stars Matthew McConaughey as the Lincoln Lawyer along with Marisa Tomei, Josh Lucas, William H. Macy, John Leguizamo, among others. The motion picture is set to premiere  March 18, 2011.


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Who knew there was a #Takosher Food Truck

What I'll be eating today... Very curious to see what they serve. Here's their description:

"Takosher is the first certified glatt kosher taco truck. We mix the sweet Jewish, and spicy Mexican culinary traditions into unique mouthwatering tacos that are a delight to the senses. Each taco is hand-crafted using only kosher and natural ingredients."

Serving The original Brisketaco, Carne La Beef, the original Latketaco, Fujitas and the Chosen Chicken. Hilarious names. Now to see how it tastes.

We shall see!

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A German's View on Islam as compared to Germany, Russia, Japan, Rwanda

A German's View on Islam - It was written by Paul E. Marek, though. Paul E. Marek is a second-generation Canadian, whose grandparents fled Czechoslovakia just prior to the Nazi takeover. Marek published Why the Peaceful Majority is Irrelevant on his blog in February 2006.[1] In it, he argues that although the assertions that "Islam is the religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace", may well be accurate, they are 'entirely irrelevant" since small numbers of "fanatics" have taken over governments and committed mass murder in many places. The essay concludes that "Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence...[L]ike my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun."

A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.

'Very few people were true Nazis,' he said, 'but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care.

I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.'

We are told again and again by 'experts' and 'talking heads' that Islam is the religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectra of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.

The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march.   It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. 

It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.

The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the 'silent majority,' is cowed and extraneous.

Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 40 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China's huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.

The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.

And who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were 'peace loving'?

History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points:

.         Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence.  
.         Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don't speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.  
.         Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts--the fanatics who threaten our way of life.   

 Lastly, anyone who doubts that the issue is serious and just deletes this email without sending it on, is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand. So, extend yourself and send this on! Let us hope that thousands, world-wide, read this and think about it, and send it on - before it's too late

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All the #168 Film Project actors receiving their assignments

It's a hubbub of excitement down here. Some have never acted before and were so nervous in their audition. Others are veterans with great credits (ex. Actor William Christopher Stevens) and you can really see what to do and what not to do in an audition. I'm having fun watching...
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#168 Film Project - Casting Day - so exciting!:)

I'm volunteering and posting the callback sheets for all the actors.

So exciting!:)

My friend John D. Ware is the Founder/President of 168 Film Project and someone I've known for over 10 years.

Really proud of all he's accomplished with this film festival since I know exactly how hard running short film festivals can be having run my own for five years back in the day called SPIFF (Short Pictures International Film Festival.)

168 Film Project requires people to put together a film in 168 hours based on a Bible verse around that year's theme which all the producers choose randomly on Monday night.

They then have to write a script based on the themed verses immediately after, keeping them to 13 minutes or less.

Casting is on Saturday, today, and the producers will see over 300 actors before today is over. There were over 2,000 submissions and these 300 made the cut.

The films shoot on Friday at 2pm through Sunday. The producers edit Monday and then turn it in, I believe, by Wednesday.

Then all the films are screened by several groups of industry professionals which takes two weeks.

The best of the best are sent to known industry professionals for the final judging which include such judges as Ralph Winter (Planet Of The Apes, Wolverine - small films like that!:) who then select the winners out of 20 different categories.

Then the first weekend of March is the screening at the Alex Theatre in Glendale with all who were involved attending to pack out the house. Every film has a chance to be seen over that weekend and the winners are announced then too.

Some of their success stories include a team from last year making it to the top five for the Super Bowl Dorrito Commercial. Another team went on to win The Doorpost competition with $100,000 prize.

My Actor buddy, Richard Clark Larson, who participates with 168 regularly and was featured in a Super Bowl commercial this year. You would recognize him - long curly red hair, hippie looking with a beard.

QUIRKY LOOK:) Hire him!

More details available on 168 Film Project for you to participate or check out the talent here:

There is so much potential here! 20 teams come from out-of-state and 10 teams are from out of the country.

My buddy, 1st AD, Dion Ramos, is the Volunteer Coordinator here and also coordinates the volunteers for PATH at Ecclesia. Good heart.

Gotta run. More to come....
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